I am a Social Worker with over 30 years experience working with families and children. I am an accredited Grief and Bereavement counsellor and have most recently worked with families who have experienced a neonatal or early childhood loss. I have also trained in Therapeutic Couple Counselling and have completed an internship with Relationships Australia. This work has enabled me to understand the impact of grief on the couple relationship and how to strengthen this dynamic following loss in the family.
I have also worked with families at the Children’s Hospital in Sydney. My background also includes supporting families who are parenting children who have been removed from their biological families for protective reasons. My experience includes adoption, disability and terminal illness. I am also a trained and certified facilitator of Tuning into Kids, an-evidence based parenting program that helps children understand and regulate their emotions.
I hold clinical membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers.
What gets in the way of healing? Why are some deaths more diffcult to get over than others? Why do the tears keep flowing well after the death? How do you cope when it feels as though your world has fallen apart? As we become dislodged from our sense of who we are, how do we make sense of the world? What guides us and how do we endure the intensity of the pain we are feeling? When we have an increasing need to be busy and to get things done are we still grieving? Is it ok to have breaks from the intensity of the loss?
Grieving is a process of relearning the way the world works and relearning the self. Grief counselling provides support for the complex and idiosyncratic needs of someone who is grieving. It helps provide a ‘scaffold’ in which to support the grief and to assist with creating a secure footing to reengage with the world again.
After working with families, couples and individuals who have encountered loss and change in their lives, I decided my passion lies in the area of loss following the death of a loved one. I would like to support you on and through this journey. I would like to help cope with the ambivalent and complicated nature of death. I can assist you to develop skills to make life more manageable. The importance of the relationship with you is the foundation of the work I do in counselling.
Once an appointment has been made, you will receive an email confirming your appointment. The day before your appointment, you will receive a reminder text.
I am available by text, phone or email for rescheduling appointments.
If you feel you need further support than the session you have scheduled, please contact me and I will endeavour to book a session earlier than planned.
$100 per hour + travel fees.
Travel fees are calculated at $50 per hour.
I will need to charge a full hour’s counselling fee for a cancellation if I have less than 48 hours (business days) notice.
Account Number: 83-986-7734
My fees are eligible for Medicare rebate for a person who is currently pregnant or who has been pregnant in the preceding 12 months. You may claim Medicare benefits for up to 3 counselling sessions per pregnancy upon referral from a GP. Please ask your GP for a referral to a counsellor and quote the Medicare item number 81005.
My private practice is located at 599 – 601 Dandenong Road, Armadale.
There is some parking outside the building however there is also parking available in the closest cross streets in Valentine Grove and Railway Avenue.
The closest train station is Malvern Railway Station and my practice is only a 4 minute walk from the station. Alternatively, the closest tram stop is also 4 minutes away and the number 16 tram runs along Glenferrie and Dandenong Roads.
Normal appointments are available on Tuesday to Thursdays during business hours. I am able to offer appointments outside of these hours by agreement.
If you would like to make an appointment, please contact me on my mobile 0419 008 546. Please leave a message if you receive my voice mail and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Alternatively, you can contact me by email on firstname.lastname@example.org