Practice_
I work with people who want to improve their mental health and/or change unhelpful patterns of behaviour.
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My approach
Undertanding

I approach clinical practice using the biopsychosocial model of mental health. This means that I will work with you to develop a shared understanding your difficulties using information about your biology (medical and physical history), your psychology (thoughts, emotions and behaviours) and your lived experiences (life history and current situations). From there, we will identify which aspects of thought, emotion and behaviour might be causing you difficulty, and what changes you want to make.


Collaboration

Treatment plans are always made collaboratively and I always respect each client's autonomy. My therapeutic style is warm, humorous and practical. I try to create an environment in which all topics can be discussed openly and without judgement. As a member of the LGBTIQ+ community, I fully appreciate the importance of welcoming people from all walks of life.


Research

I practice within a cognitive-behavioural framework and use treatments from cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Each of these treatment modalities share common components and target the same cognitive, behavioural and emotional processes. I select treatments based on clinical research and explain the rationale for each without confusing labels or jargon.
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What I can help with
Psychological disorders

Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime and many more will experience the symptoms anxiety and depression. I am trained to diagnose and treat a range psychological disorders using a research-based treatments, including

Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorders I & II
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Hoarding Disorder
Substance Use Disorders and Gambling Disorder
Panic Disorder
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Phobias (social, health, spiders etc.)


Changing unhelpful patterns of behaviour

Throughout our lives we develop mental rules based on what we experience and what we are told. These rules help us quickly make sense of our experiences and decide how to act. Some rules are useful, but unrealistic or unrelenting mental rules can cause real problems. We may demand perfection from ourselves or others. We may be critical of other people yet expect them to embrace us unconditionally. We may insist on control and compliance at the expense of friendships, relationships and even careers.

I can work with you to help you understand how your mental rules formed over your personal history. Once you know what your rules are, you can decide if they are helping you live the life you want to live and be the person you want to be. If not, we can come up with a plan for change. This challenging but rewarding journey is a core aspect of cognitive behaviour therapies and can bring about lasting changes in how we think, feel and act.
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Fees and appointments
I practice at the Centre For Emotion Focused Practice in South Yarra, Melbourne, on Thursdays.

I am registered to provide services under Medicare, so you may like to discuss a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) with your GP prior to making an appointment. Clients with a MHTP may be able to receive a Medicare rebate of $86.15 per session for up to 10 sessions in a single calendar year. You can find out more about psychology services under Medicare here.

If you think you might like to work with me, please contact our lovely clinic staff at CEFP on (03) 9820 5577 to discuss our fee schedule and how to make your first appointment with me.

Choosing a mental health practitioner is an important decision. I am happy to have a brief phone conversation before making your first appointment if you wish. The CEFP clinic staff will be happy to pass along your details and I will be in contact as soon as possible.