I've always been a storyteller. I started out as a portrait and documentary photographer, had a brief stint in journalism, then finally found my home in narrative therapy. Rather than telling people's stories, I now help people make meaning of their own.
I am a white Australian pansexual cis-gendered woman (she/her) living on Whadjuk Boodja (Perth), seeing clients online all across the country.
A range of key events inspired me to become a counsellor. Experiencing corporate burnout was certainly one of them. Having my position made redundant twice before I was 25 as a result of corporate restructures put the myth of "stability" into perspective.
I had been juggling working 9-5, freelancing on the side and training to compete in body building when, one day, I woke up unable to move my body. I was bed ridden for 5 weeks. It took me three years to recover, but my health has never been the same since.
This experience, among others, brought me to question the things I took for granted. Being born with a physical deformity and living with a range of chronic illnesses, I've grown up noticing ableism at play in society. It took the consequence of my health crashing for me to see my own ableism at play after years of being heavily involved in the fitness industry. Narrative therapy looks at how all forms of privilege and marginalisation 'story' our lives. Being part of the LGBTQI+ community also informs my experience.
I counsel individuals, couples and families in private practice, and work part-time as a sex educator and counsellor at the Sexuality Education, Consulting and Counselling Agency in Perth.
Qualifications and Training
Accreditation (Level 2) by the Australian Counselling Association
Insured by Focus Insurance
Family and Relationship Therapy, Level 2 (William Street Family Therapy Centre)
Masters of Narrative Therapy and Community Work (University of Melbourne)
Bachelor of Professional Communications - Journalism and Media (RMIT University)
Health Coach, Level 1 & 2 (CHFI)
Mental Health First Aid Officer (MHFA Australia)
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (LivingWorks)
For my full CV, visit my LinkedIn