In selecting a therapist I believe that it is important to evaluate several key areas, including (1) the ability to connect with one’s therapist; (2) the degree of “fit” between the therapeutic approach and one’s goals for therapy; and (3) the clinical experience and expertise of the therapist. With this in mind, allow me to elaborate on some of my qualities, interests and experience as a therapist.
1. The ability to establish a deep, authentic and empathic connection
My qualities as a therapist include my ability to connect deeply and authentically with my clients. I am able to provide an emotionally safe environment through my empathic and validating approach. People readily sense that I genuinely care about them and accept them without judgement. These qualities enable people to feel comfortable in opening up and engaging in deep therapeutic work.
2. A passion for mindfulness, emotional intelligence, meaning and technology
My therapeutic interests are varied. I have extensive experience with a range of mindfulness and acceptance based approaches, including their application in regulating mood and managing chronic pain. This includes cutting-edge approaches such as Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Additionally, I am passionate about teaching emotional intelligence skills, including the ability to identify, understand, safely experience and manage difficult feelings.
I have a particular interest in the role of personal meaning and values in promoting psychological well-being, having completed my doctoral thesis in this area. Furthermore, my interests include the use of technology within psychology. I am currently designing a mindfulness based smartphone application and I occasionally use in-session biofeedback techniques.
3. Diverse and specialised clinical experience
My experience as a clinical psychologist has been diverse and specialised, including developing and implementing various of mindfulness and acceptance based programs at Australia’s largest psychiatric hospital. I have worked in specialised units targeting a range of clinical difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma and chronic pain. This diverse experience enables me to draw from a variety of skills and approaches to meet clients’ unique circumstances and needs.