Since 2018 I have been working as an Individual, Relationship, Family and Co-Parenting Counsellor / Psychotherapist. I am registered with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). My therapy services are provided by Zoom.
My therapy practice is trauma-informed, evidence-based, and draws upon several modalities, such as Gestalt (including authentic presence and empty chair work), existential (meaning making), experiential / felt sense (linking the mind and body for awareness and healing) and psychodynamic (such as exploring the effects of key relationships with caregivers and partners).
I believe every individual has the innate capacity to thrive both personally and in relationship. My aim is to help my clients work through any resistance or blocks that may be preventing this from happening, by creating a safe space where every part of the client is welcome. I also bring warmth and humour to co-create a client-focused healing and growth experience.
My relationship therapy combines active listening, reflections, and communication skills. It is strongly informed by a clear understanding of the effects of power imbalances and domestic violence in relationships. I also take into consideration each individual’s attachment style developed in early childhood (and sometimes in long-term adult relationships).
My family therapy includes all family members aged five and above, and often in high-conflict situations. However, I don’t offer children’s therapy, as that’s a specialist area. I work with children in supporting them navigate their relationships within a family system; however, not in relation to their specific individual needs.
My co-parenting therapy involves blending my expertise in both family law mediation and psychotherapy to support separated couples with developing respectful parenting relationships free from aggression, coercion, and control.
I also support clients with complex alternative relationship styles such as polyamory and ethical non-monogamy (including both open-relating and swinging). This includes individuals, couples, triads, quads and any number of other permutations of intimate relating models. These relationships come with the need for open and effective communication skills to help navigate issues such as jealousy, abandonment and agreements around relating with others and safe sexual practices. This work includes supporting people of all gender identities (including non-binary), sexual orientations (I am completely Queer / LGBTQIA+ friendly) and sexual practices (such as kink, BDSM and fetishes). I do this from a trauma-informed framework sensitive to the harm caused by the isolation, stigmatisation and/or ostracism often associated with alternative lifestyle practices.
I regularly hold workshops relating to consent and sexuality. My facilitation adopts a Gestalt framework based on the Paradoxical Theory of Change, which focuses on self-acceptance and honouring what naturally becomes figural for each participant. My facilitation is also informed by Betty Martin’s seminal Wheel of Consent and Matthias Schwenteck’s cutting-edge Somatic Consent.