My Approach to Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy for Deep-Thinking Adults

Curious about delving deeper?

It’s important to make sure the psychologist you see is a good fit. Thank you for considering me to be your fellow traveller. As we take the journey through your pain, and out the other side, together.

You’re here because you feel that something is not right. You go through the motions of the day-to-day but constantly find your mind wandering.

You’re not completely satisfied and are yearning for something different.

Psychology can help.

My favourite thing about being a psychologist is witnessing patients take control of life, reignite their spark for life, and become who they truly are.

My approach to therapy is influenced by psychodynamic therapy. What is that?

Psychodynamic therapy shines a light on the roots of psychological difficulties, and gently explores the unconscious mind. This approach is slower as it gets to the core of problems.

Gaining insight may help free you from repeating unwanted patterns.

As the therapeutic relationship is a predictor of change, I want you to get a sense of who I am:

I aim to meet you where you’re at, not hurrying you or rushing you to a particular destination.

I allow you plenty of ‘space’ to explore your innerworld.

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There are many reasons why people find themselves on the therapy couch.

You may be at a crossroads in life, adjusting to big changes, feel empty or numb, grief-stricken, anxious, or you may not know what is “wrong”. 

I’m also guessing few, if any, see the real you.

You are hoping for an experience in therapy that involves increasing your self-awareness. Connecting with what gives you meaning. Discovering what sits behind distressing symptoms. Or gaining more insight into emotional experiences.

All in all, my hope is that therapy is a place where patients can be just as they are. And are invited to explore any topic.

At this stage I do not offer:

  • Medical or legal advice
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Therapy with families or people under the age of 18 years old.

If you are interested in my prior experience, I have had the honourable job of working with older adults in residential aged care facilities. I have supported patients and their families in a palliative care setting and worked in an inpatient and outpatient health psychology setting. I also have experience in a university psychology clinic.

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I want to be open and transparent about the therapy I offer.

So full disclosure. You may not be ready yet if you are:

  • After quick fix strategies (no magic wands here)
  • After a very structured approach (being told what to do)
  • Not willing to be open and honest (sometimes it takes time to open up, and that’s okay)
  • Not willing at all. It is hard to engage in therapy if you are not yearning for change.