I am a health psychologist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). I hold a Master’s degree in health psychology from the University of Adelaide, and a diploma in clinical hypnosis with the South Australian Society of Hypnosis.
I enjoy working with people to treat a range of mental health issues, manage chronic physical conditions, achieve health goals, and foster overall wellbeing. I am passionate about helping people make the positive changes they need to lessen their distress, improve functioning, and enjoy greater quality of life.
My approach is warm, empathetic, client-centred and collaborative. I work with adults and adolescents and primarily practice cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), although I enjoy incorporating hypnosis into my work.
I have experience assisting clients with a wide range of difficulties and challenges including:
- Depression and other mood difficulties
- Anxiety disorders including health and specific phobias, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, performance anxiety.
- Stress management
- Sleep difficulties
- Grief and loss.
- Specific life challenges such as transitions, and adjustment to change
- Obsessive compulsive disorders (including OCD, skin picking etc)
- Body image concerns
- Poor relationships with food and eating (including problem eating behaviours such as binging, purging and restricting)
- Perfectionism and other personality-based concerns.
- Low self esteem
- Concerns with self-care
- Difficulties achieving specific behaviour/ health goals (e.g. increasing exercise; smoking cessation)
I am also interested in working with people living with chronic health conditions to reduce disease burden and the potential impact on mental health. My approach involves understanding and utilising the mind-body connection to positively influence health and healing. I have experience working with people with a range of conditions including inflammatory bowel diseases, functional gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory illnesses, diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and cancer. I have a focus on empowering people to become more active in their own healthcare. Specifically, I can assist people to:
- adjust to a new diagnosis and coping better
- manage ongoing symptoms (including pain and fatigue)
- decrease psychological burden and distress
- adapt to physical changes and limitations
- increase treatment and medication adherence
- improve self-management
- reduce unhelpful health behaviours; and
- build resilience
Apart from my time at Inspired Psychology, I also work at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Service providing support to people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.