I am a Social Worker with 25 years experience in the field of Psychotherapy.
My particular style is referred to as Psycho-Dynamic Psychotherapy. Within this framework there is strong emphasis on the development of the relationship between the client and the therapist. This is a crucial aspect of my approach and is a very important part of the healing process. Also fundamental to my style is the importance of early life experiences, as these can often provide valuable insight into the current difficulties being experienced.
The words Counselling and Psychotherapy are often used together. For me, however, there is a difference. People may be more comfortable with the word counselling as it may feel less intrusive. Counselling is generally regarded to be shorter term work dealing with specific issues. This way of working has value and benefits those who are looking for a short term experience and concrete solutions to their problems.
Psychotherapy, on the other hand, is a deeper way of working. My craft is Psychotherapy which involves looking at the unconscious parts of the self. This can take a bit more time but ensures real and lasting change. The ultimate goal of psychotherapy is insight, self knowledge and an awareness of the unconscious forces that have been preventing you from realising your full potential and achieving happiness.
These new insights can be very powerful and once you are aware of what is holding you back from being happy, a major part of our work is already done. We then have a solid foundation from which to work in terms of moving forward and making the necessary changes in your life.
This process need not take a long time. Over the years I have become skilled at understanding the hidden meaning behind your words and can assist with you moving forward in sometimes even 6 sessions.
Medicare will, if applicable, subsidise your first 10 sessions. No one will be refused access to my services based on financial difficulty.