About My Work
I commenced my work in the Human Services field in 2002 and have gathered lots of tools for my therapeutic toolbox over time. As a result, I draw from many different techniques in my work across different sessions.
The core foundation of my work is based on the therapeutic relationship I have with you, my client in the here and now, moment by moment exchange we share in session together. In this regard I am influenced by Gestalt Therapy.
Also in the mix I use Emotion Focused therapy to understand the feelings and needs you have underneath your “story”. I may draw on Acceptance and Commitment therapy to support you to get clearer about the aspects of life that are in your control and those that are not. This is also a useful tool to get clear on the values that drive our motivations and it also offers fantastic Mindfulness tools to help us tune into ourselves better and diffuse from troubling thoughts.
Another tool that is well worn in my toolbox is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which is a powerful evidence based approach to assist in managing challenging thoughts and feelings.
I am also drawn to the work of Dan Siegel and Interpersonal Neurobiology which considers how we influence each other human to human as well as how trauma is held and healed in the body. I have trained in Level 1 and Level 2 EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is a highly effective tool for treating Trauma. I have also trained in G-TEP Group Traumatic Event Protocol. I am working towards a formal accreditation for EMDR beyond having just been trained in it.
When it comes to work with couples, I draw a lot from on the work of John Gottman and his “Sound Relationship House” and David Schnarch‘s “Passionate Marriage”, the work of Esther Perel as well as Emotional Focused Therapy and Attachment theory.
When it comes to work with families I use many of the approaches above but framed within the model of Family Systems Theory and Attachment Theory.