Some information about me
Earlier in my life I worked in both the public and private sectors as a professional in financial and engineering groups. While I was working in the 1980’s I studied part-time for a business degree from RMIT.
However, in the early 1990’s I began to be much more interested in people. I did quite a lot of personal development courses over several years, and in the end I ran one of these courses. Soon after, I designed and taught my own training to help people explore their marriages and partnerships.
My professional training
I have continued my interest in human development over the years. Along the way I did a Masters in counselling and a Graduate Certificate of Mental Health Practice at Uni and a Clinical Diploma in Somatic Psychotherapy with a private college.
After I finished my studies, I won a counselling internship with the Victorian AIDS Council; I saw clients there for two years.
Why I do this work
This work is very interesting and personally rewarding, and I am dedicated to working with people to help them overcome their difficulties.
I have a strong commitment to my professional learning. This means I read widely from both within and outside the field, attend training and professional development, and contribute to professional discussions of techniques and philosophy with others in the mental health profession. I have also had my own psychotherapy for quite extended periods.
In addition to my clinical work, I lecture in counselling theory and skills at The University of New England and at Torrens University/ Jansen Newman Institute.
My professional associations
I am a Clinical Member the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA); this group regulates counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia. PACFA also works to make sure that its members stay committed to high ethical and professional standards.
I am both a proud father and grandfather