Senior Accredited Mental Health Social Worker - DBT Therapist
I’m an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and have extensive experience providing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT) treatment to children, adolescents, and adults.
I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from Richmond, The American International University in London and my Masters in Social Work (clinical concentration) from the University of Georgia. I hold a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy through the University of Georgia and am a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
Training in Evidence Based Treatment:
I’m a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™. This certification is the only certification a clinician may achieve for DBT and ensures clients that the clinician is providing the most effective treatment possible. I completed my Core Clinical Training through Treatment Implementation Collaborative and am intensively trained in the DBT Prolonged Exposure protocol. I’m also intensively trained in RO-DBT and received group supervision from the creator of RO-DBT Dr. Thomas Lynch.
Mindfulness is a core component of both RO-DBT and DBT. I incorporate mindfulness throughout treatment and am trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). I also was fortunate enough to attend retreats at the Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu and study meditation at the Sadhana Yoga and Meditation Retreat Centre in Pokhara, Nepal.
The treatment I offer has been shown to be effective for individuals who have:
- Suicidal ideation or self harm behavior
- Depression and anxiety
- Struggles with interpersonal effectiveness and relationship building
- Perfectionism and rigid rules
- Trauma or stress related disorders
- School or workplace stress
- Support related to LBGTQI
- Personality Disorders
- Mood Disorders
Areas of Interest:
I’m an advocate for early intervention with child and adolescent mental health issues. I have created and implemented adaptations of DBT for children and worked with my team to adapt RO-DBT skills for adolescents. I feel when working with children and adolescents collaboration with schools, teachers, psychiatrists and parents is vital for coordination of care. My passion is to increase awareness of childhood mental health issues and the effectiveness of DBT and RO-DBT. In the US I worked to present on adaptations of DBT for children at the Texas National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) conference and am currently working on projects to educate Australian mental health leaders on approaches with children.