I am a qualified counsellor and educator specialising in grief, loss and trauma. I have a Masters degree in Social Science (Human Services - Counselling) and a Bachelor of Education degree.
I am a Level 2 Member of the Australian Counselling Association and am a Practitioner Associate at the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.
My background also includes supporting individuals and families that have been affected by domestic violence and child abuse.
What type of counselling support do I offer?
Life and Loss takes a Person Centered counselling approach and draws on a range of other effective interventions including Positive Psychology and Mindfulness to enhance resilience and wellbeing.
In taking a Person Centered approach my aim is to understand your experience from your point of view. By being open, accepting and genuine I can help you to explore and utilise your own strengths for self-healing and personal growth.
Positive Psychology is grounded in the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within them, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. Positive psychology is not about putting on a happy face all the time but rather it is about developing strategies and skills that allow you to navigate the challenges of life more effectively and enjoy life despite its difficulties.
Mindfulness is about bringing your awareness to the present moment and in doing so allow you to be able to identify, tolerate and reduce difficult, painful and even frightening thoughts, feelings and sensations.
I also use Art Therapy and Narrative Therapy as creative tools to assist you to make meaning of your experience – the power coming from the ability for you to honestly express deeply held thoughts and feelings in creating the work.