Welcome to my online home! It’s lovely to have you here and thank you for being curious about what I do.
I’m a clinical psychologist, coach and lover of the earth and nature. I live with my family in the gorgeous Blue Mountains west of Sydney, in the traditional land of the Darug and Gundungurra people.
As a professional clinical psychologist and coach, I honestly believe that there is a place for evidence-based approaches AND honouring our intuition, embracing our unique sense of spirituality, awe, and fascination, and most importantly, recognising that we are part of nature and how vital our connection with nature is in our own healing journey.
I’m an accredited Clinical Psychologist with a special interested in offering a more holistic approach to the wellbeing of people as the “pure” clinical mindset often feels reductionistic. I’ve practised many years in the traditional model of clinical psychology, but I always felt the urge to go deeper and treat the person as a whole. And that’s essentially holistic psychology.
Holistic psychology looks at the person as a whole, with all the richness and complexity that it implies. This means that it tries to integrate and bring the body, mind, soul and spirit into alignment, and tries to raise awareness and consciousness in the individual, but also looks at the individual from a collective, social perspective. I've extensively trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I've studied and worked in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, in addition to Australia, and practiced in hospitals, NGO’s, and also in private practice settings.
Oh, and I’m a qualified dog trainer who focusses on the personal growth of the human at the end of the lead, as I believe dogs are incredible teachers and healers. They have an amazing ability to shine a light on areas that we have neglected, are unaware of, struggle with, or might have rejected.
I love walking around outside with no shoes on, even in winter.
I love eating homegrown food and adore how Permaculture approaches life.
I see coffee as medicine and really appreciate a good cuppa.
I have a fascination with Magpies and they have a very special place in my heart and in my healing journey.
I can’t tell a joke to save my life. Believe me, my family have tried to teach me for 2 decades now (sadly, it’s also the same joke over and over and I still get the punch line wrong, lol).
The chances of me having a leaf or a twig stuck somewhere in my hair or a smudge of dirt on my face are quite high.
"Nature is alive and talking to us. This is not a metaphor."