Perhaps you are suffering from the impact of chronic stress/trauma on the mind-body?
You may be waking up in the middle of the night or you may be experiencing extreme indecision. At an emotional level, are you feeling deeply overwhelmed with fear or grief, or perhaps you are rejecting of your experience and feeling depressed? It may even be hard to reach out and seek help.
Irrespective of your experience, psychotherapy provides a supportive, collaborative pathway towards healing and growth – towards greater self acceptance and ease.
Working in partnership with you, we explore your unique experiences (your fears, pains, losses and desires) and uncover habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that may be holding you back. Through respectful exploration, I help you to find more fulfilling ways of being.
As well as working verbally, I engage with your dynamic bodily experiences: pattern of breathing, posture, movement or body sensations. I pay particular attention to emotions in the body, as they are central to our experience of the world and how we interact with it. Many of us have learned to suppress our emotions, while others have become overwhelmed by our emotions. Irrespective of whether we experience an emotional desert or feel flooded, I work with you to facilitate bringing the emotional aspects into a state of equilibrium with the rest of your unique mind-body self.
Through this transformational process, my clients report discovering a greater freedom to be more authentic with self and others.
The benefits of psychotherapy have been observed to include:
- Greater acceptance of the mind-body self
- Relief from internal distress and trauma
- Improved relationships
- Easier resolution to specific problems
- Improved self esteem
I am an associate member of the Australian Somatic Psychotherapy Association, a provisional member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and belong to the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP) and Australian Association of AcuEnergetics® Practitioners. I practice in accordance with the stringent ethical guidelines of PACFA.
I am a fully qualified Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapist, trained in self-psychology/inter-subjectivity and mindfulness. In this approach, I attune to the client’s experience and respond in a relational manner. My work is grounded in the latest research in neurobiology, trauma theory, developmental and attachment theory. I hold a Masters in Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy, a Diploma of Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy, B.Sc. (Hons I) and MBA.
My work with survivors of complex trauma is well described in the Survivors of Complex Trauma Video on the Adult Survivors of Child Abuse website.