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Areas of Competence
- Relationship Problems
- Life Transitions
- Work and Career
Client Age Group
- Adult (27 - 70)
- Young Adult (17 - 26)
Claims and Rebates
- Medicare Claim
- Private Health Insurance
I started out in psychology quite by accident after I went to university to study computer science, but discovered pretty quickly it wasn’t for me.
My first job was at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre in Sydney looking at use of the then new designer drug ‘Ecstasy’. Later I moved to Queensland, where I lived for 10 years, and started work at the acute psychiatric unit in one of the major regional hospitals and in the sexual health service nearby.
Around that time I also started my PhD looking at what drives heavy drinking. What I found was that light drinkers seem to have a natural mechanism that helps them stop drinking before they get too drunk and that it was related to the different way heavy and light drinkers think about the effects of alcohol. The power of the mind got me really interested in cognitive behaviour therapy.
Since then I have worked as a psychologist in alcohol and other drug services, mental health facilities and other health services and also continued with research in these areas.
I have focused on developing and testing new treatments (both psychological and medical) for people with alcohol and other drug problems, and mental health issues like stress, anxiety and depression. I also help practitioners respond better to people who are seeking help by providing clinical supervision and writing guidelines and manuals to help clinicians provide the latest and best in treatment, as well as resources for clients.
I use a therapy known as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which is the most researched psychological therapy in the world, so I know it works. And I have seen many many people make the changes they want quickly and painlessly with CBT.
It is an empowering therapy that teaches people to help themselves, so it is also brief and the effects last as long as you continue to use and develop the skills you learn in therapy. With CBT you don’t have to dredge up the past if you don’t want to, but we will address past issues if that will help make changes to the here and now. I think of CBT as a doing therapy rather than a talking therapy. It is very active and you are involved fully all the way.
I combine CBT with a style called Motivational Interviewing which is motivational (as the name suggests!) and helps you find the strength you need to make the changes you want.
If you have been depressed, worried, stressed; concerned about your drinking or drug use; or having relationship issues and you want to get off the merry-go-round, call today for a chat about how I can support you make the changes you want.
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