What did you do before your role at Noosa Confidential?
I am a qualified Registered Psychologist with ten years working experience in both forensic and clinical psychology. I gained my Bachelor and Honours qualifications in Brisbane at the University of Queensland (UQ) and then moved to Sydney to complete my Masters in Forensic Psychology at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). After working in the corrective services, namely Silverwater Men's and Women's maximum security correctional centres, I found a passion for helping the individual in a clinical environment.
Eight years ago, I started my private practice, Hope Psychological Services, in Bondi Junction due to the fulfilment I gained through working with adults, adolescents and couples. One year ago, I returned to Noosa with my husband and two children, Oscar and Claudia, once I realised that home was where my heart was.
I enjoy cooking, running, swimming and most of all, spending time with my family. Noosa Confidential has been an exciting opportunity to work close to home but also in the area that is my passion, helping people in need.
Why do you choose to work at Noosa Confidential?
I choose to work at Noosa Confidential because I relish the opportunity to meet individuals that help me see the world from another point of view, whilst also providing me with a chance to challenge their perspective and approach to life.
What does a general day look like in your work?
A regular day for me starts with cooking breakfast (often bacon and eggs) for my husband, Dave, and children, Oscar and Claudia. Breakfast is then followed by kindy drop-off and a coffee pickup. I then commence my day at work which involves client therapy, report writing, skype sessions with clients from Sydney and Melbourne, psychological assessments and test scoring. At the end of the day I do my best to squeeze in a long run, pickup my children from kindy, cook dinner and then retreat to bed where I will often read or watch a documentary on Netflix.
Why are you most proud to do the work you do?
I am most proud of the connections I build with each individual client. I value trust, empathy and a good sense of humour! I ensure respect, safety and acceptance and I define my approach as "non-judgemental and individualistic" - tailoring the treatment style to meet the requirements of each client's needs.
Over and above my knowledge of therapies, I have found the relationship and ultimately the connection with the individual to be the most important factor in determining treatment success.
What is your favourite philosophy for life?
Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get! Forrest Gump
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