My interest in Relationship Psychology started at a young age where I became very curious about what attracts two people together, what keeps them in a relationship, and what drives them apart. I endeavoured to find the answers through my study of psychology, couples, and sex therapy. I also have a special interest in infidelity and how couples can overcome this betrayal in relationships. I have conducted research into this area and it was also the topic of my Masters Dissertation.
I am a Counselling Psychologist and qualified Couples and Sex Therapist practicing from Mount Lawley Counselling Centre in Perth, Western Australia. I see both individuals and couples, specialising in sex therapy, couples counselling, and relationship issues.
My therapeutic style is exploratory, client focused, and practical, tailoring the intervention to meet the individual needs of the client or couple. Therapeutic approaches may include psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapies, developmental and attachment theory, interpersonal therapy, systemic therapy, transactional analysis, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and mindfulness. Fundamental to my practice is creating a safe, supportive, and non-judgemental therapeutic environment where clients can talk through issues at their own pace.
I have worked as a Counselling Psychologist and Couples and Sex therapist for many years in both Australia and London, providing psychological interventions to individuals and couples in a wide variety of settings including: Psycho-Sexual and Relationship Services, Drug and Alcohol Addiction Inpatient and Outpatient Services, the Department of Health's Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC), England National Health Anxiety and Mood Disorder Services, as well as in private practice.
I graduated with a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from Curtin University after completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology. I have also obtained additional qualifications including a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sexology at Curtin University, and an Advanced Diploma in Couples Therapy at the NAOS Institute in London.
In addition to specialising in Relationship Psychology and Sex Therapy I also have demonstrated skill and experience effectively treating:
Sexual abuse and sexual assault
Alcohol and substance misuse and addiction
Anxiety disorders (generalised anxiety, panic, stress and worry management)
Depression and other mood disorders
Family of origin issues
Low self-esteem and confidence issues
Adjustment difficulties (including relocation, the ending of a relationship, being made redundant or becoming unemployed and other major life changes)
Work related difficulties and maintaining a healthy work/life balance
I am a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and am registered with The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.