I am co-director and clinical psychologist at Psychology Consultants Pty Ltd, established in 1999.
I work with adults of all ages to promote psychological well-being, and offer psychological treatment and therapy for people who experience depression, anxiety and stress, addictions, posttraumatic stress and/or relationship difficulties.
I have over 20 years experience as a therapist and take an integrated approach, using motivational interviewing (MI), compassion focused therapy (CFT), cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in my therapy work.
I offer individual and group therapy through Psychology Consultants, including running a regular compassionate mind training (CMT) group.
My main areas of interest as a trainer are motivational interviewing (MI) and compassion focused therapy (CFT).
I have been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2007, and have conducted workshops across Australia and around the world.
I have presented on the topic of CFT since about 2014 after receiving extensive training on the topic myself. I now present widely on the topic of CFT, compassionate mind training, working with shame and shame memories with CFT, and integrating MI with CFT.
I offer long-form skills-training workshops across one to three days, briefer presentations up to four hours, webinars that are available nationally and internationally, and public speaking at events.
My PhD, completed in 2005, examined the treatment of co-morbid posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol dependence among combat veterans. We used motivational interviewing (MI) and relapse prevention (RP) approaches to help with this disabling comorbidity.
I am an adjunct professor at the University of Queensland School of Psychology where I am part of the UQ Compassionate Mind Research Group and continue to conduct research, especially on the topics of compassion and self-compassion, motivation and change, and shame and trauma.
I have published several scientific papers and chapters in textbooks. For a comprehensive list of my academic work go to my profile at ResearchGate.