Recent counselling experience:
In Australia, my life has straddled full and part-time employment as a lecturer, group facilitator and counsellor, further study and work in the studio as a practicing artist. The latter influenced my work as an arts-based therapist and counsellor, and this work in turn enriched my practice as an artist. I see all these activities as a way of life – ongoing processes of exploration and shared learning.
I have worked as a counsellor in many different contexts: as a supervisor for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Service at the Canberra Hospital; as an arts and narrative therapist in a juvenile detention centre and a health service in Darwin; as a counsellor for students in both the Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University) and Southern Cross University; as a counsellor for non-government organisations in Darwin and remote communities in Western Australia; and now as a private practitioner in the Northern Rivers area. All these experiences reinforce my belief in change and my abiding interest in what it means to be human.
In 2001, I went to America to the Tamalpa Institute, California, to study a particular approach to expressive arts therapy, the principles of which underpin my own practice. I wanted to locate and broaden the base of my practice in preparation for undertaking further study. Then in 2004 I began my PhD, a practitioner/researcher project (http://epubs.scu.edu.au/theses/104)
Now in private practice and as a member of the Australian Counsellors’ Association (ACA), I am bound by ACA’s Codes of Ethics and Practice. Through the Mental Health Academy in particular, I am able to continue my professional development, I have an active yoga practice and as required of all professional counsellors, I attend regular supervision.