I have been working as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist since the early 1980s - first as a generalist before commencing formal training as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in 1990 and more recently as a Group Therapist. I work with indiviudals, couples and children. I also work as a group therapist.
I have worked as a Couple and Family Relationship Counsellor as well as in the Adoptions arena; with couples facing infertility and possible IVF and with identity issues.
From 1990 I worked part time in my own practice while simultaneously working as a couple therapist in a government funded organisation where I taught and supervised couple therapists. I have worked exclusively in private practice since 2005 with individuals, couples, and groups. I also work with children.
Prior to training as a psychotherapist, I gathered experience through work with new mothers and their infants at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne - an experience that has shaped the direction of my career and interest. Not only did I learn first hand about the complex unfolding relationship between mother and infant from early pregnancy onwards but was taught by clinicians who are deeply knowledgeable in this field.
I remain very interested in the dynamics of the relationship between infants and their mothers, and their world, and in the ways these unfold and are formative of relationship patterns - and the ways these are expressed in the intimacy and hurly burly of family life, in the intimacy of a couple relationship and in the working environment.
The opportunity to undertake an 'infant observation' - where I was able to watch the week by week development of a newborn until the age of 18 months has added richness and depth to my training and subsequent work as a counsellor and psychotherapist. All these determined my interest in couple work as well as group and individual counselling and psychotherapy.
Counselling or Psychotherapy can help you to increase your understanding about why they may be behaving or feeling in ways that worry them. Knowledge and understanding are enabling. They provide you with the tools to think about and change what needs to be changed; to manage difficult life situations better and, generally, enable creativity and satisfaction.
Psychotherapists provide time and space for you to look afresh at matters that are important to you whether it be with, or about, your partner, children, work or just yourself.
It may be that you are detecting patterns in your life and relationships which are not working for you. Feelings of emptiness, of anxiety, sadness and depression may be clues that something within needs your attention. Emotional difficulties may arise as a consequence of childhood trauma or, indeed, unresolved situations that may occur in adulthood. Every behaviour and feeling has a meaning to be understood as you work with the therapist to sort things out.