From a very early age, I have practised yoga, tai chi and meditation. I was raised to view the mind-body connection, not just as 'real', but as being an essential tool for health and wellbeing. Upon leaving school, it felt like a natural progression to evolve this lifestyle into a career.
I began my studies with a degree in Psychology, during which time I developed a keen interest in ‘health psychology’. I read a book authored by a world-renown professor of neurological science, Robert Sapolsky, titled ‘Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers’. I found his explorations of the interconnectedness of psychology and human biology fascinating. The book had me hooked, and it was this interest that led me to complete a masters degree in Psychobiology.
I then went on to complete further studies in the United Kingdom. Wanting to learn more about practical psychological interventions for people living with chronic health conditions, I completed a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.
I’ve now been working locally and internationally for over 15 years practising psychology in a variety of public, private and charitable settings. I remain keenly interested in the mind-body connection. I find this connection can be particularly profound in people with pain, who often experience a range of psychological symptoms alongside their pain.
I work with clients of all ages using an integrative model of therapy to help them live better, more meaningful lives – with or without pain. Many psychology interventions and techniques have demonstrated efficacy in pain management. Among them are mindfulness-based practices, cognitive-behavioural therapy, guided hypnosis and a range of neuroplasticity therapies.
In today's fast-paced, high-pressure society, it can be difficult to slow down and find the time to listen to your own body, needs and emotions. I work compassionately and collaboratively with my clients to provide them the space to hear their own voice and determine their own direction forward.