Mental Health Educator & Counsellor
My message to you
I specialise in helping young adults and adolescents.I have unique experience having spent 10 years managing large student residences at the Australian National University. These experiences paired with my counselling and mental health qualifications help me engage and support clients in meaningful ways.
I can help with realistic solutions to specific problems. I'm one of those counsellors who will first check to see what you have already done to solve your problems then, if asked I will work with you to come up with real tangible solutions which you can implement.
I use what's called an integrative approach to help you which incorporates Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. I find that clients connect with one therapy more than the other so it is a matter of determining which one or which aspects of both will work best for you.
Having experienced my own struggles during adolescence and early adulthood I can relate to and understand the challenges faced by young teenagers through to people in their 20s.
Counselling - Graduate Diploma of Community Counselling, Graduate Certificate of Counselling, currently completing Masters of Counselling
Mental Health - Principal Master Instructor Trainer for Mental Health First Aid Australia, Applied Suicide Interventions Skills Training Instructor
Business - Masters of Management, Bachelor of Communication
1 in 4 young people will experience mental illness in any given year. Here are some examples of problems which we all may face at some stage:
This is the most common mental illness with 7% of 12-17 year olds having one or more anxiety disorders. Young women have higher rates of anxiety than young men though young men have higher rates of substance use problems. LGBTI youth are at greater risk overall. We know that adolescence and young adulthood are really challenging times and some of the symptoms of anxiety include:
This is one of the more common mental health problems which people seek help for, despite anxiety being more common it seems depression is more noticeable and parents or partners are likely to encourage a person to seek treatment.
It is a good idea to see a GP either before or during therapy for depression to ensure there are no other conditions causing these symptoms which include:
Suicide and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury are also risks which can be associated with depression and early intervention is particularly important to achieve the best outcomes.
We can be surrounded by others yet still feel incredibly alone. Moving to a new location, changes in relationships, competing pressures of work and family are some of the reasons why we can feel loneliness and if not managed can cause health problems over the long term .
Some relationships have become strained as a consequence of being in lock-down which, when combined with increased anxiety or substance use can cause real problems. These can show up as angry outbursts at school or work, increase sick leave, and can lead to other health problems. I can help get you back on track through listening and identifying tangible actions you can make to improve your situation.
Substance use/gambling/gaming problems
Very different problems with similarities. There is nothing right or wrong about any of these behaviours unless they are causing problems for you or others. for example if you are underage your substance use may be a risk legally and a health risk. Often these behaviours are ways to relax but they can also be ways to avoid dealing with difficult thoughts, feelings and sensations. If this sounds familiar, get in touch and lets see what changes you can make so you can still enjoy life but in a more moderated way.
I have worked with lots of clients who struggle with anger. There is usually a bunch of emotions all bubbling away which when not regulated can lead to angry outbursts, punching walls, yelling, throwing things and hurting self. If this is impacting you or someone you care about please get in touch, it doesn't need to be like this.