All of us arrive at adulthood with some helpful patterns of behaviour and some unhelpful ones. Counselling gives you a safe place to explore those patterns and make changes to the ones that no longer work for you. You can then become the person you want to be.
I believe that we all have the capacity to change. You may want to change things about your internal world and how you relate to yourself. You may want to change how you are in some of your relationships with important others. Counselling will help you to achieve the changes you want to make in your life.
I began my career in early childhood education and later, in adult education. My background in early childhood helps me to see where some people got stuck. I worked for the Health Department of NSW for a number of years as a community educator. I trained simultaneously in counselling and transactional analysis. More recently I have trained in Imago Relationship Therapy.
I have now been in private practice for 30 years, seeing individuals and couples.
I divide my time between my own counselling practice in Glebe and my role as an academic teacher at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, where I teach Counselling Skills, Supervision, Social, Legal and Ethical Issues, Group Work, and Family and Relationship Counselling.
I live on the Northern Beaches and enjoy spending time with my partner, grown-up children, and three gorgeous grandchildren.
In my counselling practice, I draw on two main methodologies. The first is transactional analysis, which provides a positive view of human nature and people’s capacity to change. Transactional analysis is a contractual method of counselling, which starts with the changes you want to make. For more information visit Australian Transactional Analysis Association and/or International Transactional Analysis Association.
The second is Imago, which is a unique method of working with couples, devised by Harville Hendrix. The aim of Imago Relationship Therapy is to create a safe space where couples can talk about the issues that are bothering them. The counsellor facilitates a dialogue between partners, and this process can be practised at home. This enables couples to connect and maintain intimacy even when going through a difficult time. For more information visit Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.