I am an experienced mental health nurse, counsellor and family therapist with over 35 years experience working across a range of health, community and education settings, including 20 years in private practice. Throughout my profession life I have worked across a range settings including child, adolescent and family mental health, community health, alcohol and other drugs, schools and tertiary education. As well as providing clinical supervision I have a private counselling practice where I work with individuals, couples and families experiencing major change, life transitions, depression, stress and anxiety. I provide clinical and professional supervision for a range of health, community and education professionals, as well as consultation and training for organisations around clinical and workplace issues.
I am an experienced mental health nurse, counsellor and family therapist with over 35 years experience working across a range of health, community and education settings, including 20 years in private practice.
My current role/work
I work in in private practice and provide counselling for individuals, couples and families as well as individual and group clinical supervision. I also currently hold an honorary position as Clinical Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University, and continue to be active in research focusing on health disparities particularly among LGBTIQA+ populations.
I have training and qualifications in nursing, mental health, community health, higher education couple and family therapy.
Among the qualifications I hold are a Phd – Latrobe University, Master of Social Science – RMIT, Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy – La Trobe University, Diploma Couples Therapy – The Couples Institute USA. In addition I have a Graduate Diploma in Community Health, Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing and Diploma General Nursing.
My approach to supervision
In clinical supervision I adopt a flexible and responsive integrative approach. I encourage and support reflective practice by drawing from a range of theoretical perspectives, for example, collaborative model, reflective learning, and systems theory. I believe that different theoretical approaches can be helpful and applied in any given scenario to help gain insight into the complex dimensions of human experience. I individualise supervision to suit the context. This is also reflective of how many practitioners approach their own clinical work.