I always knew I needed to work closely with people but didn't get there until I was in my 30's and found the career for me - Occupational Therapy (OT). I've loved that the founding philosophy of OT is to see a person and their choice of priorities as paramount in their own progress, whatever their circumstances. The big picture ethos and collaborative approach of OT has given me a wonderful life for the last 20 years or more. For me a natural progression from OT was to study the discipline of Counselling so that I can connect Deeply in our therapeutic relationship to assist you to find your 'Why' and 'How'.
I have found that life experience has been my greatest teacher, especially when learning from mistakes! Of course life learning is also linked to our early family environments, cultural background and education opportunities and the media also help us develop our worldview and give us our values. There are too many more variables to mention here, such as the era we were born in and our birth order, and all of these factors make us who we are. Having been married three times, moved continents at a young age and having six children (blessed with three from another mother) this life has certainly been a journey full of ups and downs.
I have been fortunate to study a Bachelor of Science (OT) at Curtin University and a Master of Counselling at Murdoch University. I feel very privileged to have had these benefits and wish to pass on what knowledge I have gained. In my professional practice I have gained experience in the following areas:
- Mental Health
- Aged Care - Residential and Community Care
- Palliative Care
- Spinal Injury
- Recovery after accidents or trauma
- Orthopaedics and general medical
- Medico-legal assessment
- Home visiting for modifications and equipment prescription
- Veterans affairs
All of the above Life and professional experiences have contributed to my understanding as a Counsellor. I wish to help people have clarity around whatever their issues are and use a collaborative, problem solving perspective in the counselling room. Listening, and empowering people to act (if they wish) is my reason to be.
If you have any questions about whether Counselling may be appropriate for you I am happy to chat on the phone during office hours (9am to 5pm). This is at no cost to you and may assist in clarifying any issues and whether I am the person who may be able to assist you. Alternately you can drop me a line:
Mobile: 0423 915 389