Getting to know me
I moved from Melbourne to Traralgon South in June 2013. I am a psychologist with over 30 years experience working in organisations, community health and private practice. My experience has included counselling in Australia Post, Centres Against Sexual Assault, Women’s Health Services and a Community Health Centre.
I have had a rich and varied background which has included being a Senior Counsellor of the Queen Street Recovery Team(following the Queen Street shootings of 1987), a psychologist posted to the Relief Centres (Whittlesea, St Andrews and Arthurs Creek) after Black Saturday 2009 and a counsellor providing telephone support to distressed people when police have major phone-in campaigns.
I have a Degree in Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and a Master of Arts. As well as being a Registered Psychologist, I am a member of the College of Counselling Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society. (MAPS).
I work primarily from a person-centred approach which recognises that a person has experience, skills and resources for his/her own problem solving and for raising awareness. My role as a counsellor is to provide encouragement and support so that people can implement positive life choices. My role is also to ensure a safe environment for the expression of painful material and exploration of new ways of being and understanding.
Furthermore, I acknowledge that there are many social inequities and power imbalances in our society. I work with my clients to identify how these may limit his/her opportunity for growth and affect his/her capacity to implement change.
Coming to see a Psychologist
The number of times people attend sessions depends on the complexity and seriousness of difficulties the person is experiencing. For some it may be as few as 5 or 6 sessions, for others it may be as many as 20 sessions. Generally sessions last 50 to 60 minutes and are held once a week or fortnightly
I am an accredited provider of psychological treatment with:
Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
Victims of Crime
Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA)
Private Health Funds
I charge an hourly fee which is determined by the Australian Psychological Society. In circumstances of financial hardship, a reduced fee may be available.
If clients are covered by one of the following: TAC, Work cover, DVA and Victims of Crime there will be little or no gap payment. However there is a gap payment payable with Medicare. I am happy to discuss your personal situation over the phone.
For further information, I can be contacted on 0429 194 733.