Online consulting – Schema Therapy & Schema Coaching.
Please note that I have recently changed the way I work. I currently offer online consultations only and provide short-term or medium-term consultative work focused mainly on the issues below. I am not able to enrol clients who require intensive psychotherapy or close clinical monitoring at this time.
I can help you with…..
- Understanding your schemas for insight and pattern breaking
- Schema & personality coaching for optimal functioning & wellbeing
- Breaking recurring unhealthy relationship patterns
- Overcoming a pattern of ‘people pleasing’ or self-sacrificing and unhelpful guilt!
- Working on your inner-critic and overcoming toxic perfectionism
- Narcissistic abuse recovery (at work, ex-partner, in your family)
- Healing from parental narcissistic abuse (i.e., how to manage narcissism in your parents)
- Your own narcissistic aspects or personality traits (if you’d like to change these for a better life!)
- Your abandonment schema
- Dating with your abandonment schema / anxious-attachment style
- Relationship & dating coaching and guidance – helping you break free from unhealthy relationships
- Overcoming your own avoidant-attachment style / avoidance in relationships
- Grief & bereavement issues
The usual format for sessions.
In our first session I will listen to your story and your current concerns and ask various questions which will help me get a good idea of how I might be able to help you. If it looks like a schema therapy approach will be helpful, I will ask you to complete some questionnaires (usual 2 or 3) for me to review before our next session. This is not to label you or try to fit you into a category, but to get a fuller or richer understanding of you as a whole person.
I am also very happy to receive any further information you may wish to send me, to help me get a good understanding about you. For example, some clients find it useful to create a ‘timeline’ of their life including important events and experiences. The timeline is a good way to show how events relate to how you feel and how they may have impacted your life. Common things to include are relationships, episodes of low mood or mental health issues, major life changes, triggers etc. This is completely up to you. I just want to let you know that you are welcome to do this if you wish.
In the second session, depending on your concerns or issues, I may need to gather further information from you about your early family life, parents, family of origin (not always, but very often).
I will provide you with feedback and my observations and formulations along the way and then offer suggestions about how we can best proceed.
I look forward to meeting you.
Please call 0427 088 176 for all enquires or send an email
A bit about my background……..
I’ve worked in the mental health field since 1995 and it continues to be my great professional passion. Finding the very best ways to make a real difference for my clients, no matter how complex or tricky their situation may be, is something that intrigues, challenges and inspires me every day. Being able to help is something I never take for granted.
I’d describe myself as an integrative therapist; someone who brings together lots of different approaches to meet the differing and deeply personal needs of my clients. I take a non-judgemental and respectful stance in my clinical practice and treat each person I work with as a unique individual with an important life story.
Early on in my career I worked mostly in clinical research, including holding the position of Senior Research Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW. During that time I was involved in several large-scale research projects examining the nature of depressive disorders including their causes, risk factors, characteristics and outcomes. I completed my PhD within the School of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine at UNSW, conducting over 500 clinical research interviews with people referred for recurrent or chronic mood disorders. Collectively, those experiences gave me a rich and fairly unique insight into the nature of depression and an invaluable understanding of the role of psychological vulnerabilities, or ‘schemas’.
I decided to start my own private practice in 2001, while continuing to work in research. After several years I then joined my colleague, Dr Justine Corry, in establishing the Good Mood Clinic in 2008, a clinic dedicated to the practice of schema therapy. With our shared values and clinical experience, we had a joint mission to build a practice which focused on understanding and changing psychological vulnerabilities, rather than merely providing short-term symptom relief. Together we aimed to spread the word about schema therapy and to recruit like-minded therapists. It’s something we continue to this day.
Over the past 20 years, I’ve been privileged to work with literally hundreds of clients from every imaginable walk of life, seeking help for all manner of psychological and relationship issues. I’ve had the great fortune to learn from them and gain a deep appreciation for why and how people develop emotional conditions like depression, together with what works – and what doesn’t work – when it comes to interventions!
Time and again, my experiences have reinforced the tremendous value of being able to draw from a variety of effective methods as required. This is why, after using experiential interventions in the treatment of complex trauma, personality disorders, complicated grief and recurrent depression for many years, I decided to complete my Advanced Certification in Schema Therapy. It’s a therapy I’m deeply passionate about, because I know how well it works and how beneficial it can be for understanding complex issues, resolving long-term patterns and tackling persistent emotional disorders like chronic depression. I’m also qualified as a trainer and supervisor, something that allows me to help other mental health professionals learn and practice the many benefits of schema therapy with their own clients.
Beyond my work in private practice, I’ve worked in various clinical settings outside of private practice including facilitating Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, or DBT, groups and inpatient/outpatient mental health programs. I’ve consulted in business as a coaching psychologist assisting managers better understand their own personality styles (schemas) and how they affect the people around them. I’ve conducted numerous workshops for psychologists and therapists (topics including sexual abuse, schema therapy, personality disorders) as well as working in adult education. I also have a strong professional and personal interest in Buddhist psychotherapy, mindfulness and self-compassion practices. I incorporate these where possible, encouraging my clients to practice meditation and develop self-compassion in their daily life. In my experience there’s a big overlap between Buddhist psychology and schema therapy – as they both aim for better psychological integration and psychological/spiritual growth.
While, yes, I bring decades of experience to my clients, I’m the first to admit there is always more to learn. In fact, I believe it’s essential for a mental health professional to take an active role in their own continued growth and learning. I regularly attend complimentary training in the area of schema therapy and related topics, as well as clinical supervision and reflective practice. I’m a strong believer we should never lose our curiosity for learning in life.
These days, I share my time between running special interest webinars, providing supervision & schema coaching to therapists, and working with individuals clients.
With my colleague Justine, I have a schema therapy & psychology podcast.
Listen to the podcast here https://www.goodmood.com.au/podcast/