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What's your professional training?

I've worked as a psychotherapist for 21 years. For the last 10 years I've been self-employed in private practice. I am nationally registered and endorsed with the title of an Existential Psychotherapist. The University training I've completed includes a Master's degree in Existential Psychotherapy, Graduate Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy and a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Business.

Are you a licensed mental health practitioner and what professional organizations do you belong to?

I'm a registered CLINICAL psychotherapist and SUPERVISOR of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. I'm also a registered member of SUPERVISION WA, the Supervision Association of Western Australia. I abide by all these Association's Code of Ethics.

What theoretical school of thought do you follow?

My approach is Existential and involves investigating your past, present and (potential) future struggles in great depth. In our therapeutic conversation together, we tend to map and explore whatever it is you are experiencing, both the difficulties and the seeds and strategies of change. As challenges arise, we face and grapple with them in a therapeutic climate of tender support. Using this Existential framework, we can start to move into the awareness process which can be emotionally demanding as well as strengthening. Overall together we generally work to find out how best you can learn to live with your concerns or 'given' circumstances in your life. This mostly includes working existentially but may include at times bringing in gestalt, person centred, transpersonal, rogerian and CBT methods when needed.

How long are the sessions?

The sessions are 50 minutes. Groups are 1.5 hours.

Will my insurance pay for the sessions/groups?

I'm not able to provide Medicare rebates to clients even if they have been referred by a private treating; Psychiatrist, Paediatrician, General Practitioner who has prepared a GP Mental Health Care Plan or any other consultants. Psychotherapists have not been given assess to receive Medicare rebates although this is likely to change in the future due to demand.

Please refer to the cost page for more information about private health Insurance. You will be able to claim a percentage back depending on your level of cover. To check the percent please call your insurance and state my provider number: 1317322F. Generally, rates range between $44 and $70 per session after a rebate.

If you have Bupa private health Insurance, you will be able to claim a percentage back depending on your level of cover. To check the percent please call your insurance and state my provider number: J125661. Generally, rates range between $60 and $70 per session after a rebate.

If you have Police Health, St Luke’s Health, CUA Health, Phoenix Health Fund and Emergency Services Health workplace Insurance, you will be able book in 3 – 12 free sessions depending on your company’s level of cover. To check the number of sessions you are entitled to please call your work EAP insurance and state my ARHG Provider Number: PC21578T.

What's your policy on cancelled appointments?

If you cancel without 24-hour notice, the time is lost and, except in an emergency or illness, you may be charged the regular fee. *subject to discussion

Have you been in therapy yourself? If so, how long?

I've had my own therapy with a range of modalities. However, the primarily focus has been with existential therapy which accumulates overall to approximately 10 years. My own therapy continues periodically to assist mainly with large blind spots and personal growth.

How do I reach you in the event of an emergency?

I'm not able to provide an emergency service but I do try to make myself available as much as is reasonably possible. You can contact me at any time and leave a message if I don't answer. During business days I can often, though not always, return calls fairly quickly. Night time and weekend calls will usually be returned the next business day. If you find yourself in an urgent situation, make a judgment about the prudence of waiting for my call versus calling for alternative help (e.g. a local GP, emergency 000 or the Lifeline 24-hour crisis counselling line 13 11 14). If I am away for more than a day, my recorded message will indicate that, and state my expected date of return.

Do you receive regular supervision on your cases or belong to a peer supervision group?

For the last 20 years I have had and continue to have regular three weekly individual supervision. Supervision is part of the mandatory requisite for every therapist/supervisor and is something I value strongly.

What type of clients do you see?

I tend to see clients with; life issues, relational issues, transitions struggles, trauma, depression, grief, transgender and other various concerns. This has been with a variety of toddlers, children, teenagers and adults throughout the United Kingdom and Western Australia. I've also been engaging in Psychotherapy and Supervision with clients via Skype for the past 7 years to many different parts of the world.

What is a typical day for you?

I'm regularly working on:

Running a diverse Existential psychotherapy and supervisory Practice.
Designing a series of online and Perth based personal, professional and supervision development courses.
Inventing a series of short, therapy based e - books for children.
Presenting tailor made therapeutic mini speaking engagements for Schools, GP Surgeries, Hospitals, Corporate Businesses and more.

In the past I have:

Assisted CREATIVE THERAPY workshops in the Arts Counselling Program at Curtin University.

Mentored and Supervised diploma and post graduate students as a Dissertation Supervisor.

Run grief/bereavement education training workshops to professional agencies such as the King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women.

Assisted the Department of Education/Child protection and schools with highly dysfunctional clients. This also includes working with high risk children/adolescents and adults who show suicidal tendencies with severe self-ideations and self-harming characteristics.

Organized and facilitated large bereavement memorial groups for the non for-profit organization SIDS and KIDS WA annual events.

Provided psychotherapy to remote indigenous communities through SIDS and Kids WA projects. Additionally, supervising students, staff and other health professionals from metropolitan, rural, and remote WA hospitals.

Facilitated short and long term psychotherapy groups in the PARENTS SERVICES Program and the YOUNG PEOPLE'S Program at the HOLYOAKE Drug Addiction Treatment Centre.

Running DRUM BEAT programs (with African drums) for adolescent groups and families.

What are your particular interests in this field?

I have a broad area of interest including some of the core philosophical existential themes such as:

  • Freedom/choice and responsibility
  • Death and human limitations
  • Isolation and intimacy
  • Meaning and having less meaning in our lives
Others favoured generic interests include: depression, stress, trauma, relational issues, grief, cancer and supervision.

With transparency being an important theme in our therapy, I hope these answers provide you with all the necessary information you need before our initial meeting.

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