I am a registered Psychologist with the NZ Psychologist Board having completed a Masters of Science in Psychology at Canterbury University. I am registered with the Counselling Psychologist scope of practice.
For eight years I lived and worked as a Psychologist in Queensland for the Job Network. During this time I helped people with barriers to fulltime employment by providing them with therapeutic interventions to address issues ranging from anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol abuse to homelessness, mental health issues, sexual abuse and domestic violence, inter-generational unemployment and lack of literacy and numeracy skills as well as a 3-day return to work programme.
This involved a range of psychometric assessment to identify barriers which included Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scales (DASS); Beck Scales, Hopelessness, Depression and Anxiety; General Self-efficacy Scale (GSE); Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST), Revised; Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST); Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI); Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS); Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI); The Impact of Event Scale – Revised (IES-R); literacy and numeracy assessment.
The types of therapy utilised included Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Behavioural Therapy (BT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Motivational Interviewing (MI); vocational counselling, client centred therapy; exploration of attachment styles; open ended questioning and downward arrow technique to uncover core beliefs.
For five years I was working for an EAP provider delivering short term solution focussed therapy to employees and their immediate family. I also provided counselling consultations for senior and supporting managers. This was a resource to assist in maximising individual’s ability, wellbeing, motivation, supervision and performance for managing their employees.
I have provided psychological first aid onsite and follow up in response to critical incidents such as workplace accidents, fatalities, serious injuries, assaults, suicide, threats, etc., Australia wide as well within the Pacific region. This has included natural disasters such as bush fires (Victoria), major floods (Brisbane), cyclones (North Queensland), earthquakes (Christchurch) and multiple fatalities (Laos).