How I became a Relationship Counsellor
Originally from the U.K, I emigrated to Australia in 2004, and commenced training in counselling and psychotherapy in 2006. I received my Graduate Diploma of Counselling & Psychotherapy from the Jansen-Newman Institute of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy in Sydney after successfully completing 2 years of study and 50 hours of face to face counselling in the Counselling Clinic. I chose to study at the JNI Institute as I wanted to be working with real clients as soon as possible and found the combination of training in psychological theory, group therapy and working in the Clinic, a holistic approach to learning.
After graduating from Jansen Newman in 2008 I worked for Relationships Australia in a counselling and relationship education role on the Northern Beaches in Sydney whilst setting up my private practice, Sydney Sanctuary Counselling Services. This experience ensures you will receive quality, well informed counselling from a professional with recent training and employment in the field of relationship education and therapy
My interest in Counselling developed from my previous career working as an English teacher for 15 years. Teaching children and adolescents in high school was deeply rewarding but I was increasingly drawn towards the pastoral and welfare concerns of the students and their parents. My first Counselling position was working for Aspect (Autism Spectrum Australia) as a telephone support and advice line officer providing parents, school counsellors, case workers and people on the spectrum with counselling and referral information.
I continued to maintain my links with education working for the Melbourne Institute of Technology (Sydney Campus) as the College Counsellor providing crisis counselling and welfare support to both international and domestic students. I recently worked part time at the Jansen-Newman Institute of Counselling in Sydney organising the low cost counselling clinic for students & providing mentoring and advice around fieldwork placements.
Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist
I have completed 6 years training including studying since 2011 at The Institute of Emotionally Focused Therapy in Annandale, Sydney to work towards a Graduate Diploma in Emotionally Focused Therapy which is ongoing. As I have a background in the arts I wanted to work with clients in a creative and imaginative way and to devote myself to one main therapeutic approach. From a practical perspective Emotionally Focused Counselling & Therapy has been found to be highly effective for couples and individuals experiencing relationship distress.
Developing self-awareness around emotions, thoughts and behaviours and re-experiencing them in the safety of the counselling session can help to facilitate change as the client is involved in an experiential learning process. I believe at the very core we are emotional beings who experience emotions to inform us of our needs and wants. By connecting to our feelings, both secondary or surface emotions like anger and guilt as well as deeper primary feelings such as hurt, fear and sadness can allow us to discover our true needs and wants and change the way we relate to ourselves and others.
Psychotherapy and Counselling federation of Australia
CMPACFA Registered Member 24205, Clinical membership
Code of Conduct
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Every year as a requirement under the CASA code of conduct all counsellors engage in at least 20 hours of professional development training whilst seeing their supervisor after every 4-6 weeks.
All counsellors in private practice hold public liability and professional indemnity insurance as a matter of course