I bring decades worth of lived experience as an emergency first responder to my professional life as a psychologist. I have experienced the bonds and camaraderie in my first responder family as we've responded to emergency situations that have ranged from lives being saved to lives being lost.
During this time I've experienced the range of emotions from fear, helplessness and shame through to pride in response to things I've experienced professionally as a first responder. I've witnessed my colleagues and experienced first hand, the sense of isolation at times of not being able to talk to family and friends about what I had seen/heard/felt on the job because I felt that unless you've lived it, you just don't get it.
So began my journey (a good 25 years ago!) toward a better understanding of mental health, the stigma surrounding it as well as examining organisational (stress/bullying at work) and environmental (family, home) factors that impact our mental wellbeing.
My unpublished research thesis was the first known study to explore trauma, vicarious trauma and post-traumatic growth in Australian Police deployed on United Nations peacekeeping duties in East Timor (1999 - 2001). I have a special interest in how people manage to live through horrific experiences yet somehow those same experiences have also changed their lives - for the better (called Post-Traumatic Growth -PTG).
As a trauma psychologist in private practice, I work with you to reduce distressing mental, emotional, physical and trauma symptoms to help you reach a new path towards wellness and post-traumatic growth. I use EMDR (internationally recognised as the gold standard for PTSD treatment), as well as Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing thus bringing the body in to trauma therapy so as to help you understand what your symptoms are related to, and how to process them in a way that is slow, gentle, supportive and takes both your mind and body on a journey toward recovery and wellness. I also use Internal Family Systems, Schema & DBT informed therapy and CBT amongst others interventions.
I offer a unique perspective as both a serving emergency first responder and practising trauma-informed psychologist in private practice. I am the partner of a serving first responder and parent of a first responder in training. I live and understand the stressors experienced by the spouses and families of first responders. I bring decades worth of lived experience as an emergency first responder to my professional life as a psychologist. I have experienced the bonds and camaraderie in my first responder family as we've responded to emergency situations that have ranged from lives being saved to lives being lost.
I also work as a psychologist on a multidisciplinary team at The Melbourne Clinic - Australia's largest private psychiatric hospital running the first inpatient EMDR program in Victoria. I run multiple groups in the EMDR program as well as individual trauma sessions with the patients.
I am dedicated to providing my clients with the current best practice and evidence-based trauma informed treatments.
To that end, I am continually engaged in professional development, supervision and learning. I am also a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner in Training (Intermediate Level) as well as an Accredited EMDR Practitioner approved by the EMDRAA Board, one of only 107 Australia wide. Achieving this level, highlights my commitment to my clients and continuing education and professional development in EMDR.
I look forward to being of service to you.
The RMB Psychology - Restoring Mind & Body logo, shows both the mind and body (represented by the head) together. The body and mind and interconneted and interrelated. One impacts and influences the other. Within the mind so to speak, is a tree which symbolises growth with the various colours of the leaves representing hope and new life.
RMB Psychology is an office of the 14th floor at 333 Collins Street. The building is also referred to as 'The Dome' and is unique heritage and National Trust calssified. It has a Domed Chamber, has intricate artwork, incredible architecture and was constructed during the Land Boon of the 1890's.
After looking for office space all over Melbourne CBD, I chose to be housed in this building because it reminded me that whilst at times we can all be overcome or overwhelmed with the negative, confronting and challenging issues in our everyday lives, there is beauty in the world. Balance if you like. Often we struggle to find it and at other times we take it for granted. Being here reminds me to also practice, and teach gratitude.
Before or after your session, just take a few moments to be mindful of the beauty surrounding you and take the feelings of calm, wonder and amazement with you.