Qualifications & Memberships
Masters in Social Work ( Professional Qualifying) Charles Sturt Unversity - current study
- Ass Dip. Arts (Welfare) Monash University
- Bachelor Social Welfare Monash University
- Professional Australian Community Counsellors Association (PACCA)
- Australian Play Therapy Association
- Play Therapy Association of America
- Acceptance Commitment Therapy
- Cognative Behaviour Therapy
Hi, thanks for taking the time to check out a little about me as your counsellor.
I have been a resident of the East Gippsland community since 1994. Growing up in outer eastern Melbourne, my family holidayed in the East Gippsland area for many years. I relocated to the Gippsland region to undertake studies at Monash University in 1989 to complete the first of two university courses in the Social Welfare field.
I commenced my professional career in Warragul before relocating to Bairnsdale six months later and have provided service to the community in a number of roles for Child & Adolescent services, Advance TAFE's Inclusion (Integration) program as Coordinator, Department of Justice both in Victims of Crime & Working with Offenders, Mission Australia's Employment services and the East Gippsland Specialist School. 2012 saw me return to disAbility services and more recently bringing together my experience and expertise to provide private service to the East Gippsland Community.
I took some time out of providing service to the East Gippsland Community in 2000, choosing to work in the Timber Industry for a few of years before I had a serious car crash in 2001. In 2006 I returned to work in the Community Services sector at the East Gippsland Specialist School.
Despite having provided outreach service for all of my professional life, I found this experience invaluable in gaining further appreciation of life in the bush and on the land.
Like many East Gippslanders, I realy enjoy activities associated with our lakes systems and natural bush havens. I am also actively involved in the Paynesville Lioness Club and Pregnancy Loss Australia and has participated in various groups and clubs over the years including the East Gippsland Football Umpires Association, quilting and scrapbooking groups.
Over the years I have seen many changes in the local community and values the opportunity for regular skill development. My commitment to ongoing professional development is critical to ensuring you receive the best possible service and opportunities. I believe I can only offer you a quality service if my professional development is kept up to date and that is one of the reasons behind my return to study in 2017 to complete my Masters in Social Work (Professional Qualifying).
More recently I have come to appreciate the huge work load and challenges of caring for a loved one. My husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and it is fair to say life has really had it's challenges since this time. This has become our new normal.
In March 2013 Crossroads Counselling & Consulting was born and built around key values I believe are essential to providing a safe and effective environment for you to work through life's challenges. These are:
Identifying the barriers that prevent us from living our lives by our personal values is a real challenge particularly when life throws up barriers to derail us, sometimes on a daily basis. We all experience barriers in our lives, relationships break down, we or some one close to us experiences a life changing event, challenges at home, work and school. The service I will provide to you is based on working at your pace and adding to your tool box for life to navigate and manage it's challenges.
I look forward to the opportunity to meet you and walk along side you in making your life what ever you want it to be.
Membership to Associations and Professional bodies
- Australian Association of Community Counsellers (ACCA)
- Carers Victoria
- Family Relationship Support for Carers
- Mental Health Professionals Network
- Gippsland Acquired Brain Injury Network