Practising as a psychologist for the past 15 years I have worked with a great variety of people from a wide range of backgrounds. My approach draws on humanist-existential psychology, which means that I aim to help people build a sense of meaning and coherence to their experiences. I also draw heavily on principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in helping people to find practical solutions to their problems.
My approach is to develop insight and understanding around the difficulties that people are experiencing. Making sense of these experiences and understanding them is a big step towards knowing how to manage them in day-to-day living. To assist with better management, I also used focused strategies ranging from developing insight into how people relate to their thoughts and feelings, to directly challenging unhelpful patterns of thinking.
Everyone is different and I have learned that therapy works best when it is flexible and responsive to a person’s needs.
Types of Issues and Clients That I Work With
I am comfortable working with most people and dealing with a range of presenting problems. I have extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, trauma and grief, stress, amongst other things. I also have experience working with relationship issues and I am experienced in providing couples counselling.
In my day job, I am a research psychologist (academic) at the University of Melbourne. My research is focused on questions such as why the so called happiness culture is making us more depressed, and why our painful experiences in life may be an important pathway to finding happiness. This work is the focus of a recent TEDx Talk and my book, The Other Side of Happiness.