I began my association with Jungian analytic psychology in 1989, when I met Dr. Robert A. Johnson at a meeting in Melbourne Australia. This began a life-changing association and connections that spanned several countries including the US, Zurich Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, South America, New Zealand and central Australia. It started several certified trainings in art and expressive therapy, guided imagery and music therapy (Melbourne University), a specialist course in couple and relationship counselling (Relationships Australia), emotion focussed therapy (LaTrobe Master of Counselling) and certification in Jungian sandplay therapy (International Society for Sandplay Therapy).
My passion for self-understanding and healing brought me not only to faraway places, but also to participate in important minority communities that I was privileged to work with. As a consequence, I participated in, supported and co-facilitated in workshops, conferences and experiential activities with a diverse range of ethnic, socio-economic and spiritual groups. Professional highlights include conducting a dream incubation workshop sleeping overnight in a Catholic church in Mexico City, rite of passage programs with Anishinaabe native healers in the far Canadian wilderness, and workshops in central Australia with Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal elders and Jungian analysts.
In 2004 I wrote with two colleagues Andrew Bickerdike and Tony Gee a booklet to assist men going through separation and divorce. It continues to be used by Mensline, Beyond Blue and Relationships Australia. I believe it was a timely contribution to the changes in the Family Law Court which reduced the psychological and monetary cost to separation and divorce for all concerned.
In 2006 I became an educator and supervisor of students and graduates, supporting them in their placements and training to become professional counsellors. Some of these students and graduates are making significant contributions to indigenous communities such as Xhosa mothers and children in South Africa devastated by HIV/AIDS, orphaned street children in war torn Afghanistan, working with indigenous Yolngu men and women in the Northern Territory. Your skin colour, your religion and spiritual beliefs, your cultural identity and gender preference are central to the stories and life long experience I am interested in integrating into our therapeutic work.
I currently see clients at the Kinross Art and Spirituality Centre in Toorak where I support clients with a range of issues: relationship issues, separation and divorce, anxiety and depression, significant traumatic experiences, loss and grief, life transitions and a desire to explore the inner world of soul.
I currently teach at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Melbourne Australia, specialising in counselling in a diverse world, a master’s unit covering cross-cultural barriers such as therapist discrimination, bias and stereotyping. I welcome those from diverse and migrant backgrounds, philosophies and religious – spiritual beliefs.
- M.Couns. (La Trobe)
- Grad. Dip. G.I.M. (Melb. Uni)
- Certified Sandplay Therapist — International Society for Sandplay Therapy
- Registered Guided Imagery and Music Therapist — Music & Imagery Association of Australia
- Accredited Clinical Member — Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia
- Accredited Clinical Supervisor — Australian Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists