Educational and Developmental Psychologist
BA Hons. (University of Sussex), UK
Graduate Diploma of Education (Canberra)
Diploma of Applied Child Psychology (RMIT)
Masters of Psych (Monash University)
Diploma in Family Therapy (Alma Family Therapy Centre – Melbourne)
Level 1 Teacher Training in Mindfulness – Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (UK)
Peaceful Parents Training through Wellbeing For Kids
Registered Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA)
Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Member of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (CEDP)
As a developmental Psychologist I work across the life span in a client-centred approach, with people as young as kindergarten age to older people in their later years. As a psychologist trained in family therapy, I seek to understand and help families using a strength based, whole-system approach.
I am trained in a number of therapeutic approaches ranging from Psychodynamic, Positive Psychology, CBT, ACT, Narrative Therapy, solution focussed therapy and play therapy, particularly sandplay therapy.
My work is informed by evidence based and collaborative focussed therapy modalities and is tailor made along these lines. I use humour and playfulness as well as teaching specific skills to help clients feel empowered and able to make wise choices and deal with challenges in their lives.
I have worked in the school system both government and independent over the past 22 years both in primary and secondary school settings. I am also a trained secondary school teacher.
Areas of Focus
Child and adolescent issues such as anxiety, school refusal, low mood, social issues
School based issues: Academic challenges, learning difficulties, giftedness, classroom behaviour support, Psycho-educational assessment
Parenting and family challenges across the life cycle
Grief and loss
Improving self efficacy
Building positive and flexible mindsets
Social skills training
Mindfulness and stress management for individuals and parents