Training & Background
I graduated with an Honours degree in Social Work over 30 years ago. Social Workers are trained to deal with human issues on an individual, family and community level. The training equips one with a strong set of skills that enables new graduates to go into a job and start working straight away.
A large proportion of my experience has been gained in the not for profit sector, at community services organisations. I have been exposed to a wide range of clients and issues and have built up a solid body of knowledge on many different subjects.
I have undertaken extensive clinical supervision which is the primary source of learning and growth as a psychotherapist. I have read widely on many topics that have come up in sessions with my clients and have attended regular professional development opportunities throughout my years of practice.
I am experienced and knowledgeable in the area of mental health. This comes from both clinical experience, and consultation with psychiatrists, in order to better understand certain conditions and what the role of medication is in recovery. The most common areas of mental health I have worked in are depression, anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and personality disorders.
I migrated to Australia in 2001 and have been active in work, both as an employee, and in private practice for many years.
My practice is very self reflective and that is probably the best learning for me at this stage of my career. By that I mean I am continually reflecting upon my work and how I might do things better to assist my clients in achieving their goals.