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ABOUT ME
 

Psychotherapy, Psycho-Spiritual Therapy and Integrative Therapeutic practises began in my mid twenties when I had a deep desire to learn about my own inner workings.  I explored many therapies to assist me with my lived experience of trauma and reclaiming my own being and the beliefs i had about myself  

Parts of me that have experienced anxiety, depression, isolation, loneliness, eating distress and body image concerns remained in an exiled place until I had the courage to uncover and heal my wounds of the past.

During my life I have also experienced Bullying, Emotional, Psychological and Physical Abuse.  As I have grown older I have learnt and embodied what it is like to be in my own power and grow through my lived experience. 

 

Through the years of my own personal journey and healing I have learnt that moving towards the parts of myself that I rejected, criticised and ridiculed I was then able to find peace with my being in a curious and compassionate way. I was able to honour myself as a full and whole human being.


Originally from Ireland moving to Australia on reflection was a means from me to escape familial and cultural pain and burdens that I was holding onto in my own system.

I put expectations on myself from a very early age that less than perfect was not good enough, to be a success in the world I needed to follow a pattern that did not fit with who I was truly.

 I spent many years in a polarised position between who I wanted to be versus who I was expected to be in the world. This lead to an immense amount of Toxic Shame & Guilt  which the world saw as anxiety, depression &  body hate, perfectionism and shut down.

All of these parts of me would be managed by modes of Numbing myself including drugs, alcohol, eating, Hypo & Hyper Aroused Behaviours. 

In my early 30's as a single parent I made the decision to study Counselling & Psychotherapy. It was a great opportunity for me to take stock and question who I was in the world, what did I want from my life, what did I need, What were my values & beliefs and how did I want to show up in the world and be the best version of myself ? 


The last 15 years have offered me that opportunity; firstly, by engaging in my own personal psychotherapy journey.

In addition to my own personal work I was employed in the Not for Profit industry working mainly in the disability, mental health and counselling sector as well as having my own holistic practice which included a variety of modalities such as sound therapy, energy medicine and breathwork.

  3 years ago I made the decision to go into private practice which allows me to interweave  Integrative therapies with Psychotherapy including Sound Therapy, Breathwork, Somatic Therapies, IFS (Somatic IFS & Psychedelic IFS), Shamanic practices, Transpersonal Therapy.

There have been many moments of joy in my life and at the same time a lot of suffering, trauma and pain.  I have learnt that all of my parts who have been working hard to protect me over the years were only doing their best for me as they felt abandoned, isolated and neglected. There also has been parts of me that have encouraged me to follow my passions and dreams and to use my creativity with the work that I do.

 

I have been lucky enough to develop a relationship with all parts of myself and offer them courage, compassion and curiosity this being an ongoing relationship with them

I offer my personal experiences to you as a way for you to connect in with all of your own parts and guide you towards a relationship of connection , strength and courage in your own existence

My hope for everyone that I work alongside is that you allow yourself to experience all aspects of who you are so you can walk your own path of absolute  Self Love, Leadership & Compassion.

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Qualifications & Training

PSYCHOTHERAPY TRAINING

  • Diploma in Counselling - PCI College Dublin,Ireland 2010

  • BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy - Middlesex University, 2011

  • 3 yr  Post Grad Gestalt Therapy Training 

  • IFS - Internal Family Systems - Level 1 - IFS Institute

  • SOMATIC IFS 

I am a PACFA (Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia) Clinical Member 

CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & TRAININGS

  • Mental Health First Aid Facilitator Training 

  • ASIST - Suicide Intervention & Prevention Training 

  • Trauma Informed Practice in Mental Health Settings 

  • Binge Eating Disorder: Clinical Interventions to Treat Underlying Trauma, Body Shame, and the Diet/Binge Cycle

  • Couples Counselling  Training

  • Basics in Bioenergetics  (Bioenergetic Analysis) 

  • Essentials of Trauma Treatment - Certified Clinical Trauma Professional 

  • Internal Family Systems - Applications of the IFS Model

  • Trauma Treatment with EMDR, CBT and Somatic-Based Interventions: A Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Training Course

  • Certificate Course in Emotionally Focused Therapy Attachment-based interventions for couples in crisis

  • Theory & Skills for Working with Complex Family Dynamics 

  • Working with the Trauma of Narcissistic Abuse

Psychedelic Specific Professional Development

  • The Fundamentals of Psychedelic Psychotherapy  - Mind Medicine Australia

  • Introduction to IFS & Psychedelics - Nancy Morgan

  • Somatics & Psychedelics - The Embody Lab

  • IFS & Psychedelics - Bob Falconer 

  • The Farther reaches of IFS Therapy , unattached burdens & guides - Bob falconer