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 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 consider what (if any) changes you want to make.


Collaboration

Treatment plans are made collaboratively and I will always respect your autonomy. My therapeutic style is warm, humorous and practical. I try to create space 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 symptoms anxiety, depression and stress. I am trained to diagnose and treat a range psychological disorders using a research-based treatments, including:

- Major Depressive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorders I & II and Schizoaffective Disorder
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex Trauma
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Hoarding Disorder
- Substance Use Disorders and Gambling Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Specific Phobias (social, health, flyings, spiders etc.)
- Personality Disorders


Changing unhelpful patterns of behaviour

Throughout our lives we develop mental models of ourselves, other and the world. These models are shaped by what we experience and what we are told by our families, friends and cultures. Mental models help us quickly make sense of our experiences and decide how to act. Our mental models are there to make our lives better, but when they become unrealistic or inflexible they can end up making things worse. 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 models formed over your personal history. Once you know what your mental models look like, you can decide if they are helping you live the life you want to live and be the person you want to be. If they are not helping, 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.