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 Graduate Certificate of Mental Health Practice at Uni and a Clinical Diploma in Somatic Psychotherapy with a private college. I have an ongoing commitment to my education, and am currently undertaking more post-graduate university study.

 

Volunteer work

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

I intend to remain doing this work in private practice for the rest of my working life.The 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.

 

Lecturing

In addition to my clinical work, I lecture in counselling theory and skills at the Jansen Newman Institute in their Bachelor in Applied Social Science degree.

 

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

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