I am the Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist of Inspired Psychology. I am registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority (AHPRA), hold a membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and am a Fellow of the APS Clinical College.
I have experience in providing clinical support to children, young people, families and adults, and have worked in both the public and private sectors in a variety of roles. I have been working in private practice since 2007 and opened Inspired Psychology in 2013.
I am warm and empathic and strongly value the role of the therapeutic relationship. I believe change is always possible and see my role as being to support people to reach their goals. I believe in the role of the systems (e.g. care teams, families and communities) around the individual in promoting health and well-being and enjoy working collaboratively with others.
My interventions are informed by a variety of theoretical approaches including sensorimotor, EMDR, cognitive behavioural, developmental, positive psychology, attachment, neuropsychological, narrative, systemic, schema, and mindfulness based approaches.
I value a tailored approach to therapy which brings together a range of psychological techniques to respond to the needs of the individual or family.
I have a special interest in developmental trauma and providing therapeutic intervention and support to children and young people in care, along with their care teams.
Others area of clinical interest and experience include:
- Trauma and post-traumatic stress across the life span (including complex trauma)
- Mood disorders (including anxiety and depression) across the life span
- Obsessive compulsive and other compulsive disorders (e.g hoarding).
- Grief and loss
- Life transitions and adjustment
- Longstanding patterns of difficulty including personality based concerns.
- Stress management in adolescents and adults
- Child and adolescent psychology including behavioural issues, and emotional and psychological distress in children and young people
- Parenting concerns
Throughout my career, I have worked with children and adolescents who have experienced abuse, neglect and instability, and who are living in out of home care. Alongside therapeutic work, I have retained a strong passion for working with care teams in consultancy roles to support this client group. In this work, I aim to build carer and team capacity to understand and responding to children’s needs in a trauma informed and relationally focused way.
Inspired Psychology has worked in partnership with Junction Australia since 2013 to provide support to their Therapeutic Support Services Program. This is work that I am both exteremely committed to, and value highly. I have also worked with numerous other agencies in the out of home care sector in various capacities.
I am able to provide supervision and/or training to carers, teachers, youth workers, social workers and other professionals working with, or caring for, young people.
Areas of interest:
- Child and adolescent development
- Brain based caregiving
- Attachment across the lifespan
- Caring for children and young people with backgrounds of trauma
- Emotional regulation