For many years until my early twenties I had been working in various jobs as a general labourer in a number of different industries. A commitment to my own personal growth and life circumstances led me to studying elements of psychology, eventually leading to the completion of a Diploma in Professional Counselling in 1998. My passion working for people combined with an increased sense of confidence propelled me to study Community Services in Health in 2000. This provided me for the next four years with opportunities to work within various organisations such as homeless shelters and care work facilities for both the aged and intellectually disabled. I also have had extended travel and work experience both within and outside of Australia.
As my passion for helping others grew, in 2000 while working multiple part time jobs (mentioned above), I decided to apply for University and pursue Social Work as a career. In 2004 I completed my degree in Social Work and landed my first job in an Aboriginal run Community Health Centre (Muna-Paiendi) in Elizabeth Vale (SA). This experience led me to understand the impact of marginalised communities and hence my passion grew towards those misunderstood, living on the outskirts of society and those often forgotten. My new found knowledge led me to a hunger in sharing what I had learnt, leading to delivering workshops within local communities and gaining qualifications in Assessment and Workplace Training (2005)
Mental Health become my focus of specialty and before too long I was holding a Government position (2006-2017) as a Senior Mental Health Clinician in Mount Gambier for eleven years. Further post graduate studies in Mental Health (2007) built upon my expertise. My long history in clinical mental health and supporting those suffering from various and complex difficulties led to further accreditation and recognition to the highest possible standard, enabling me to commence my own private practice (Community Counselling and Care) in 2014. The result of my journey is that I can offer a combination of extensive experience, genuine compassion, personal understanding and knowledge in helping others through life’s difficulties as shown by the different counselling models of care on offer. My style of communication is described as down to earth, non-judgemental and professional.