A few years ago, I was wondering why I was placed on this earth (as you do). I got a vivid image of a forest full of the plants in my logo, with leaves so large that one could hold it above them like an umbrella. The image suggested shelter and growth, and supporting others to do likewise. These values guide my life, including my work as a psychologist.
I enjoy being a psychologist as it means I work with a diverse range of people and problems. My areas of interest are difficulties with emotional regulation, and navigating identity (e.g., diverse cultures, faiths, genders, and sexualities). I especially welcome People of Colour (POC)/nonwhite people, Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, those who are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), and people belonging to the LGBTQI+ community. I love working with young people, which is why I'd been seeing children and teenagers at Headspace Midland from 2013-2020. Prior to private practice, I provided counselling at not-for-profit organisations in Rockingham and Midland, which included being part of a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy team for people with Borderline Personality Disorder and similar difficulties.
I write about mental health, counselling, and psychology-related topics on my blog because I enjoy writing (when I have time!) and because I believe it is important to make general mental health information more understandable.
I graduated from The University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2007, and a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) in 2011. I'm also a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
I live and work on the land of the Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation and pay my respects to Elders past, present, and emerging. I recognise their strength, resilience, and contributions to the life of this amazing city, Perth, of which sovereignty was never ceded. I also acknowledge that the people of this land hold knowledge about mental health which has been practised for thousands of years and lies outside Western ways of thinking.
During my spare time, I love creating things, reading, playing video games, and dancing.