Approach

  • My Approach

    My approach is trauma informed and relational; I draw on the immediacy and richness of the therapeutic relationship. This allows both of us to engage in creative conversation, building a shared understanding of what wants to be seen. I draw on variety of modalities to meet your needs.

    The therapeutic process might feel like being on a bumpy road, it's not as straight forward as we might wish it to be. The linearity of black- white outcomes could bring a sense of comfort and safety; however it also places constrictions on healing, as it limits imagining the possibilities for growth.

    Therapy is a two way process as there are at least two people involved. I don't administer cures or give tips for quick fix. I believe that healing is a deeply creative process and it occurs within the therapeutic relationship, involving both client and therapist.

    I work with the whole person and I am interested in what happened to you, but also in what didn't happen. I welcome painful stories, I also welcome your interests, passions, and dreams, and what makes you get up every single day. One of the aims of my approach is to make all aspects of your life experiences feel safe in the therapaeutic space.

    ... What a beautiful adventure!

  • What you can expect

    You can expect transparency, respectful and non-judgemental service.

    You are and always will be the expert of your life. In counselling and psychotherapy, we could work around what brings you to therapy and how we could work together to help you find your own path to recovery and wellness. Our work might involve support around crisis situations; however, we could also address deeply rooted issues. All this would depend on your particular needs.

    Initially, I offer free 15 min phone consultation during which you could let me know what concerns you at the moment. We could also use this time to get a sense of each other before deciding if we should meet face to face.

    During the first 2-4 sessions we will further decide if we could commit to a longer term therapy. This is also necessary to assess if short term or long term therapy would be of more benefit to you.

    If at any time, we come to the understanding that your needs require a different assistance, with your consent, I will do my best to support you and find suitable referrals for you.

  • My experiences and interests

    I have been living in Australia for the last 22 years. My formal training in the counselling field started in 2008 when I enrolled at ACAP, followed by MA Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy at the Jansen Newman Institute. Since then, I have attended many, many professional development workshops and courses. Additionally, I attend clinical supervision, often beyond the required standards.

    Currently, I am exploring the Conversational Model (CM), concerned with the treatment of BPD and complex traumatic presentations.

    I have been working as a counsellor mostly in the non-for profit sector. I worked with people presenting with complex trauma, gambling addiction, domestic violence issues and general mental health issues, ect...

    Research interests
    I have strong interest in the life of the dream, creativity, and play.

  • Qualifications and Accreditation

    Relevant Qualifications:
    * MCAP (Applied Psychotherapy), Jansen Newman Institute
    * Graduate Certificate in Counselling, Australian College of Applied Psychology

    Other Qualifications:
    * MA Creative Writing, UNSW
    * BA Theatre, NATFA, Sofia

    Memberships:
    * PACFA, clinical
    * ANZAP, trainee

    Accreditation
    * Approved Victims Services Counsellor

    Certifications
    * Complex Trauma Therapist, Dr. Janina Fisher's Model - in progress

    Clearances
    * Working With Children Check
    * National Police Check

  • In emergency

    If you find yourself in a crisis situation, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
    If your life (or that of another) is in an immediate danger, please dial 000.

    Other telephone counselling services:
    * NSW Rape Crisis: 1800 424 017
    * Kids Helpline: 1800 55 180
    * Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
    * Mensline: 1300 789 978