Before becoming a Psychotherapist Counsellor and a practitioner of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, I worked in Childcare, having completed my Diploma of Children’s Services at Swinburne Institute of Technology. I then went onto study Behavioural Therapies while working at a primary school teaching social skills, resilience, and positive behaviours to children struggling with social or emotional difficulties.
I enjoyed the mental health aspects of my previous courses, so I went on to achieve a Graduate Diploma of Psychotherapy Counselling and found a new job working as a Youth Worker for Bayside City Council and Stonnington City Council part time. I also worked at Melbourne City Mission as an Assessment and Intake worker for young people experiencing homelessness. A few years after this I then started my dream job in Counselling with TaskForce. At TaskForce, I am a Clinical Forensic Alcohol and other Drugs Counsellor working with young people twenty-five and under.
While working with TaskForce, I undertook further studies and gained a Diploma in Addictions, a Diploma in Alcohol and Other drugs, and most recently a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing to further enhance my counselling skills. I am a Member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), working at TaskForce while managing Plume Psychotherapy.
I am trained in a range of counselling techniques that are client centred, evidence, and strengths based. These techniques include Psychotherapy Counselling, Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, Mindfulness Practices and Group work, allowing for positive working relationships to take place.
Positive psychology focuses only on the positive aspects of someones life. This is achieved by using holistic approaches around positive relationships, emotions, engagement, goals and meaning for increased happiness and wellbeing. Positive Psychology practices include strategies and resources that are both educational activities and talk therapy for greater understanding of ones strengths and abilities.
Psychotherapy applies scientifically validated interventions in a collaborative treatment that is based on the relationship between clients and therapists. Psychotherapy interventions include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, along with interpersonal and other types of talk therapies and activities.
Animal Assisted Therapy is offered upon request with my super cute cat Lexi. Lexi is a Ragdoll breed, which means she loves being cuddled and sleeping on laps. Lexi is a great therapeutic tool for anyone that loves animals! Evidence shows that animals are able to reduce stress and anxiety which can have profound positive and calming effects for those participating in treatment.
Mindfulness activities and meditations are offered as a way to induce relaxation while enhancing both mental and physical functioning. Mindfulness' key objective is to bring about attention and awareness for better overall wellbeing. Mindfulness works really well for anyone suffering from stress, anxiety, poor concentration and other uncomfortable feelings.
The Peaceful Kids program runs for 8 weeks on Saturdays for one hour. Children undertake mindfulness meditations and positive psychology practices to help with anxiety, social and/or emotional issues. The classes provide parents with skills to help their children build resilience, along with home and school based activities and resources for families, teachers and children.
A standard one hour session is $85 or $65 if you have a healthcare or concession card. Payment is expected in full at the time of consultation by cash or credit card.
24 hours notice is required if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, otherwise a full service fee will be payable prior to your next counselling session.
Please note that session fees are not covered by Medicare. No medical referral is required.
If you have private health insurance where counselling is covered, Plume Psychotherapy will provide a tax receipt via SMS or Email.