Psychologist with Medicare Rebates
WHY I DO WHAT I DO
Like many others, I got into the field of psychology as I wanted to make a positive difference in this world. I find true meaning in the work that I do. Truthfully, there are few other experiences I’ve found in life more humbling and fulfilling than to see someone overcome tremendous pain and adversity and come out the other side more happy and whole.
This passion continues to drive my desire to push myself into being the best psychologist I can be. I spend a fair bit of time staying up to date with the latest innovations in psychological treatment. Specifically, what makes for more effective treatment. I’ve spent the last three years undertaking a training program in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), a type of therapy that aims to get to the root cause of a person’s psychological problem and help them understand, process and control their feelings better. I am now undertaking advanced training in ISTDP (this is after my 9 years at uni!)
- Bachelor of Psychology (First Class Honours) – Griffith University 2008
- Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) – Griffith University 2012
HOW I PRACTICE
I have been trained in a variety of effective therapies such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).
These days, the main form of therapy I practice is Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). ISTDP attempts to address the root cause of a person’s difficulties. A lot of the difficulties that we face are internal (meaning they come from within us) and are often covered by hidden (or unconscious) barriers or defenses that can interfere with our recovery and quality of life. Simply put, you can’t change what you can’t see.
Another way of looking at it is that people often have an awareness of the things contributing to their problems (for example, drug use, excessive eating, unhealthy relationships) but simply having a knowledge about what is contributing to the problem does not help you overcome it or lead to lasting change. There are hidden barriers getting in the way. Put simply, you can’t change what you can’t see.
ISTDP seeks to make you aware, both cognitively and emotionally of these hidden barriers so that you can move forward in your life and become unstuck. ISTDP has been around since the 1960s and is widely practiced in North America and Europe. Importantly, it is an evidence-based therapy which means that it has a lot of research showing that it is effective across the full range of psychological and psychiatric presentations.