About Me

I am a clinical psychologist and member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). Trained as a clinical psychologist at Berkeley, California, and Yale University, I completed my Masters’ and Doctoral in clinical psychology. I have been providing therapy to adult clients for over 20 years and have accumulated a wealth of experience in working with adults with complex presentations. I have expertise in working with adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, relationships, workplace issues and substance use including alcohol use, prescription drugs and cocaine use.
I also have extensive experience in working in the LGBTQ community. In addition, having had a large client base of high-achieving millennial professionals and entrepreneurs, I have gained in depth expertise in helping these clients achieve their goals and needs within their careers as well as in their personal sphere.

My Specialisations

I am trained in psychodynamic therapy and attachment theory. I can customise my therapy to each individual, using the following paradigms: attachment therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), schema focused therapy, relapse prevention and motivation interviewing, stress reduction therapy, positive psychology, and coaching. Moreover, I am an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney and an approved Supervisor by the Psychology Board of Australia, so you can rest assured you are in the safest of hands.

My Skills

I possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills, which enable me to carry out well thought out decisions. I am a dedicated and patient-focused Clinical Psychologist and have proven strengths in Psychodynamic therapy, Schema Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and evidence-based modalities for the treatment of substance use.
In addition, I have an exceptional capacity to multi-task, managing numerous, often competing priorities, with ease and fostering the provision of superior care. I also have extensive experience in providing leadership in programme development and implementation, building relationships and pathways with external organisations. Moreover, I have excellent written and verbal communication skills and an ability to communicate at all levels via reports, assessments and verbally with clients.

Online Therapy

Working with an online psychologist and the evidence

Most of us have had to adapt to recent world events by temporarily going online with our work and family/social life, and inadvertently discovered the simple joys of being home. The blissful absence of the daily commute, the crowds, spending more time with family and pets as well as the time to tend to issues that may have been nagging at you but remain unresolved.
Online Therapy enables you to tackle your challenges from the sanctuary of home, comfortable clothes, your dog or cat next to you, a cup of tea, a familiar easy seat and no navigating rush hour traffic or public transport. I use secure end-to-end encrypted video conferencing for our appointments and offer flexibility as much as possible. Starting therapy can be difficult, especially if you are new to this. You are therefore welcome to book a free 15-minute initial online consultation so that we can speak, and you can freely decide if my approach suits you.

The process is easy and confidential. You simply need an internet connection and some privacy. Log in at your designated time to an agreed time on video conferencing platform like Skype,Zoom and Doxy.me and from that point forward, it is near identical as a client to therapist session.

BENEFITS OF ONLINE THERAPY

Online talking therapy is a safe and confidential space that means you can:

Clinical researchers from the University of Zurich report in the Journal of Affective Disorders on the result of a “gold standard” randomized control study. In the study, 62 patients were randomly assigned to either online therapy or face-to-face sessions.
Based on earlier studies, the Zurich team assumed that the two forms of therapy were on a par. Not only was their theory confirmed, the results for online therapy even exceeded their expectations. (Science Daily, July 30 2013)
The study population primarily included patients suffering from moderate depression. Treatment consisted of eight sessions (cognitive behaviour therapy).

Outcomes for Online Psychotherapy Sessions vs. Face-to-Face Therapy

At the end of the eight sessions, depression could not be diagnosed in 53% of the online therapy group versus 50% for patients in the face-to-face therapy group.
In a follow up evaluation three months later, the odds ratio in favour of online therapy had increased to 1.36. Depression could not be diagnosed in:

Satisfaction

While you might have expected client satisfaction with the level of service to be higher with conventional therapy, the opposite result was found.

One explanation for the difference that we have suggested is that assignments provided to clients in the online therapy group were electronically available to clients after and outside of the sessions. Participants in the online therapy group indicated that they had re-read correspondence with their therapist from time to time.

Conclusion

Professor Andreas Maercker, summing up the results of the study conservatively stated:

‘In the medium term, online psychotherapy even yields better results. Our study is evidence that psychotherapeutic services on the internet are an effective supplement to therapeutic care’.