About

Professional Background & Experience

I began my professional career in Warrnambool in 2004 where I was employed as a Mental Health Clinician in the Adult Mental Health Service and it was while being employed there that I gained my full registration as a Psychologist. This work gave me a solid grounding in acute mental health assessment and treatment and I feel that this work equipped me well for my subsequent work in private practice and non-government agencies.

In the early years of my career I also worked in a specialized perinatal mental health team providing outreach services in the Western suburbs of Melbourne, as well as working as a Psychologist within the Geelong Victims of Crime program. Both of these roles helped me to establish myself as a more autonomous practitioner and to develop my psychotherapy skills. These roles led me to develop specialized perinatal mental health, early parenting support and trauma psychotherapy skills.

I later returned to Warrnambool where I was offered a unique role within a small team establishing the new private mental health service at St John of God Hospital. This role enabled me to be innovative with respect to the development and facilitation of group psychotherapy programs, as well as offering me the opportunity to contribute to the development of the outpatient mental health services, and to the leadership team of the hospital. I held this role for three and a half years while also running my first private Psychology practice in Warrnambool.

The next step in my career & life journey saw me relocate to the Northern Territory, looking to broaden my horizons and seek new challenges. Initially, I held a position in Darwin as the Manager of Psychological Services at a counselling and training agency. In this role I had the opportunity to develop in-house professional development training, and to supervise a multidisciplinary team, whilst also maintaining a caseload of clients. While at this organisation I had a high degree of exposure to employment based issues, but also encountered complex mental health issues and social dynamics. Fly in and fly out work to remote aboriginal communities to respond to traumatic events was also a component of this work. I was privileged to subsequently work with the Indigenous population in remote areas of the Northern Territory after moving on from this role. I continued to work with the Indigenous population on a fly in and fly out basis until late 2015. While living in Darwin I also had experiences working as a Specialist Psychologist within the Adult Mental Health Team and working with Headspace.

Prior to moving to Darwin I had completed the majority of a Master of Clinical Psychology program at the University of Melbourne. I upgraded my degree to a Doctor of Clinical Psychology through Charles Sturt University while I was living in the Northern Territory. During my time at the University of Melbourne I undertook an extended placement in a cancer treatment centre. This placement allowed me to develop skills and experience providing counselling and psychological treatment to cancer patients and their families. After returning to Victoria I worked for one year in a group private practice before beginning a private Clinical Psychology practice in Geelong. In January 2017 I re-branded my existing private Psychology practice to found Synchronicity Psychology & Wellbeing Services.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Behavioural Science degree with Honours.
Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree.
Endorsed Clinical Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Full member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Member of the College of Clinical Psychologists.
Registered Supervisor with AHPRA. Eligible to act as a supervisor across all professional levels.