I'm a credentialed mental health nurse with extensive training in Lacanian Psychoanalysis at the Freudian School of Melbourne. I have an interest in the formative development of staff throughout practice, in particular the management and the power of transference in mental health practice (sustaining it, developing it therapeutically and bearing its affect).
I'm passionate about the field of mental health nursing and the possibilities for growth within the field and its overall impact on outcomes with regard to treatment efficacy.
I have 8 years of experience working as a mental health nurse in the following roles:
-RPN2 in the settings of acute inpatient unit both private and public, in both adult and adolescent, rehabilitation focussed community care units, and secure extended care units.
-RPN3 in case management and crisis assessment teams.
-ANUM in acute inpatient units (as above).
-RPN4 in case management teams, assertive homeless outreach services and suicide prevention and psychotherapy teams.
My current role/work
I currently work in the public system as a senior mental health nurse providing psychotherapeutic intervention at a suicide prevention and treatment service.
I also work in private practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist -- providing psychotherapy to adults and adolescents and clinical supervision.
-I have 6 years training in Lacanian Psychoanalysis at the Freudian School of Melbourne where I am currently in formation as a psychoanalyst.
-I have completed supervisor training alongside of my grad dip credentials to become a specialist mental health nurse.
-I have also received training for CPD in other psychotherapeutic and counselling modalities such as open dialogue, CBT, DBT, family systems therapy, narrative therapy, solution focussed therapy, mindfulness, sensory modulation and existential/psychodynamic therapy.
My approach to supervision
My approach is psychoanalytic, whereby I emphasise the practice of emphasising speech as primary to subjective understanding or both patients and supervisee's.
The emphasis is on bring to each session an empirical recording of the session pertaining to speech, with priority on what this elucidates about the case. Staying as close as possible to what is said enables clinicians to focus on the empirical element of the sessions rather than reductive interpretations guiding the development of treatment.