Senior Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with a diverse range of clinical experience in both Health and the community setting. I hold a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work (University of Sydney) and postgraduate qualifications (Masters in Social Work Counselling, University of NSW). I have been a Social Worker since 2005 and am deeply committed to practice that is trauma-informed, collaborative, empowering and person-centered.
I have extensive experience working in Mental Health, both in the emergency setting and in mental health rehabilitation. I am skilled in assessing and treating people who have experienced depression, mood disorders, psychosis, suicidal thoughts, personality vulnerabilities, drug and alcohol issues, trauma, relationship problems, family conflict, adjustment issues, situational stress and life crisis. I recognise the broader implications of a person experiencing a mental illness or psychological distress and the impact this has on relevant contexts, be it cultural, relational, familial, social, vocational, political or spiritual dimensions. I work holistically with the person, not just their symptoms or diagnosis.
In my sessions I draw from a variety of counseling modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), mindfulness based-practice, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Bowen Therapy and family systems, Solution Focused Brief Intervention and motivational interviewing. I also employ principles and from psychodynamic theory, grief and loss frameworks, child development models, and attachment theory in my interventions. I believe that profound personal growth can develop through intense life experiences and challenges, and that magic can be found through the mess. My therapeutic approach is flexible, and I treat my clients with unconditional positive regard in developing a trusted and safe therapeutic alliance that values people’s strengths, uncovers their resilience, generates new perspectives and possibilities and connects people to what is meaningful in their lives.
I am also a skilled supervisor and can provide clinical supervision to social workers, counsellors, allied health and NGO workers. I appreciate the relational basis of supervision in discussing practice complexities, tolerating uncertainties, exploring practitioner’s reactions and responses, preventing burnout and supporting the professional development of self.
As well as being a social worker I am also a certified Yoga Teacher. I have a special interest in mindfulness, and I have seen first-hand how practices such as breath awareness and meditation can regulate arousal and reduce anxious feelings and panic. I am interested in assisting people to explore the connection between their body and mind, build self-awareness, embrace self-acceptance and develop a deeper, more satisfying quality of life. As Carl Rogers once said, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”