I have worked as a therapist in Canberra since 1989 and in private practice at The Karuna Centre, which I established, since 2003. I have over thirty years’ experience in meeting with individuals and couples.
At the beginning of 2021 I moved to the Sunshine Coast to be closer to family, a plan in the making for some time but put into action after experiencing the distance highlighted by shutdowns.
As a registered counsellor and clinical family therapist my approach to working with you is to develop a thorough understanding together of the difficulties being experienced, and the context in which they occur. Emphasis is placed on understanding this context by considering things such as significant relationships, personal and family history, parenting and children, gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, work, health and religion. Importantly, attention is given to the history of these difficulties, the current impact they are having in your life/lives and the hopes you hold for your future.
My practice is informed by Systemic Family Therapy. Since 1989 I have undertaken regular professional development in the form of conferences and courses, in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Japan, with leading therapists in the field. Since 2002 I have undertaken regular training with Johnella Bird, and from 2012, regular clinical supervision with Johnella.
By now there is considerable evidence that the ‘client/therapist’ relationship is the most important factor in determining the outcome of therapy. I have taken this evidence seriously and a central focus of my work since 2002 has been to pay careful attention to the relationships I build with the people who consult me for therapy. This means I aim to ensure that:
Relationship therapy for individuals and couples.
Working with people to address the effects of trauma in their lives resulting from violence & or
Working with people who have experienced long standing difficulties in life.
Working with individuals and couples when a life-threatening illness is present.
I am a registered Clinical Family Therapist with the Australian Association of Family Therapy.