My Psychology Practice
Counselling, Vocational Psychotherapy, Career Change, Career Development & Mentoring
CLIENT SERVICES include:
- Vocational Psychotherapy & Career Development
- Career Change
- Career Mentoring, Coaching & Support for professionals
- Life & Relationships Review
- Writing (commissioned articles for print media, quizzes, scripts)
Personal counselling, life transitions or difficulties, vocational psychotherapy, and career change/vocational assessment/testing
Over 30 years personal and careers counselling professionals; significant experience with professionals in positions of leadership, mental health & welfare practitioners, lawyers, corporate executives, and academics as well as creatives, specialists, consultants, media practitioners, and inventors.
Information about my range of services for prospective clients
how many times do people come? Everyone’s needs are different, but generally with careers you are likely to come for several sessions – usually two to four, and/or occasionally for top ups or help if you get stuck or lost along the way. On the other hand, some people may simply need to come for a one-off session.
For counselling, you might come weekly or fortnightly while dealing with issues, and monthly for ongoing mentoring & professional supervision, or whatever is needed.
Why come to me?
You may be career-disappointed or lost. You are probably seeking a more meaningful, satisfying and organic lifestyle & career. You are wanting some counselling, vocational psychotherapy, or career change/development.
Personal, relationship, or careers counselling issues may be connected. Perhaps you only need one session to talk about your ideas with me.
When making a significant change, it can be helpful to return a few times a year for support, practical assistance, help with contacts, emotional transition, and mentoring. You might need help to stay focused, retain energy and purpose, or to deal with emergent issues.
We usually discuss goodness of fit between us, envisaged approach & outcome, duration & timing of sessions, and goals & objectives.
I orchestrate an exploration of psychological, symbolic, strategic, and practical aspects. I select appropriate ways forward to suit individual clients; these may draw upon a range of approaches, techniques, theories, transgenerational exploration & genogramic history, labour market projections, and life story & photographic analysis.
Some clients come for support in recognising, managing, and expressing emotions in their personal and professional lives, particularly during transition times.
While appreciating there are universal life themes & patterns, I conceptualise our personal and vocational behaviour as an idiosyncratic life journey with meaning & purpose to be illuminated and integrated into daily living for self and others. Strict ethics & confidentiality is assured.
In addition to conducting our private practices, my partner Brian and I have a strong commitment to sharing practitioner wisdom and train other professionals at academic post-graduate level, workshops, peer intensives, and in providing practitioner supervision. Committed to our own rigorous training & ongoing personal development, we attend our own regular supervision and therapy.
Preparation for counselling
You may wish to come to counselling to unravel the mystery behind who you truly are; to examine and explore your life; to become more fully present in the world; reclaim a true sense of self and be open to a fuller range of emotions and feelings.
You may wish to seek assistance with understanding the nature of your relationships with others, or personal & professional issues that are troubling, confusing or distressing. You may be feeling stuck, lost, numb, or stranded in your current circumstance and who you are becoming during transitions.
I believe in the importance of our intrapsychic lives and I am curious about how emotional experience is reflected in our mind & body as well as in the nature of our relationships and engagement with the world. If our well being is threatened, we may dampen our capacity to live satisfying lives. My orientation acknowledges the tapestry of childhood / family /societal influences, personal evolution, and worklife experiences. Our inner lives construct a dance with external realities; such as world of work requirements, social systems, how we bump up against random opportunities, propinquity, association with significant others, pertinent events, and our competencies/values/interests and needs.
Preparation for vocational/careers
You may wish to explore your vocational behaviour or work choice, change career, or transition to post-employment life. You may be seeking a clearer sense of your purpose, potential directions in conjunction with employment trends, competencies, interests, abilities, blindspots, and what kind of environments (people, places, and spaces) best suit.
Comprehensive vocational testing & assessment may be undertaken in order to clarify strengths, preferences, and competencies. Career options are located within the broader perspective of personal lifestyle, purpose & meaning, and your social/family context. You may wish to seek support with job search, retraining, or networking.
You may be struggling with personality issues in the workplace, underutilization or lack of stretch, or impending restructure.
I invite you to bring anything that might be helpful – for example: your resume
Dot points on what has led you to seek this service, what is happening at present and how that impacts upon you, how you may be stuck, unclear or lost, any possibilities or career alternatives you have considered, and your objectives or desired outcomes from our work together.
Any examples of your work, art, achievements, projects, dreams, journal entries, accomplishments, reviews,
Over the four full careers service sessions, we would probably work through the following:
Who you are/becoming and outer world possibilities
Consideration of support mechanisms required (career creation can be messy, a struggle, may take longer than you may wish, you may attract opposition, you may need help with networks/contacts, implementing ways forward etc.)
- Supervisor of psychologists, professionals & managers in human services, private practitioners and consultants
- Mentoring and coaching
- Enabling individuals and groups to flourish in corporate, creative, professional, and personal environments
- Problem identification and resolution incorporating unconscious processes (therapeutic interventions at an organisational level). Using and creating dvds, movies, music, literature, and performance as part of the process
- Conducting conversations and group work in the understanding and exploration of self-expression and interpersonal mastery
- Scriptwriting and direction of psychological organization narratives or vignettes for FILM, presentations for conferences/entertainment/creative purposes.
- Unique projects which draw on over 25 years as Organisation Consultant, designer & implementer of comprehensive professional development programs for public and private sector organizations
- Professional development courses are specifically designed to be driven by client needs. Service delivery is organic, flexible and responsive to emergent needs. My approach translates theory into practice through application, drawing upon individual and group skills and processes. Programs are structured to ensure evaluation from individual as well as organizational perspectives.
Current APS Rates per hour and costs (eg.testing materials, assessments or written reports where appropriate)
- Commissioned articles for print media
- Psychological Quizzes & Games
epicentre – the calm in the eye of the storm; the still point at the centre of disturbance
Our premises, ‘epicentre’ 427 Glen Eira Rd, has been created with an appreciation of the significance of place and capacity to hold people. Respecting privacy, we have no signage.
Salons and Theatre productions are also staged here.
“The horse, with or without wings, used to be a common symbol of the soul’s journey: a trip to other worlds where the visitor might learn the great secrets of life, death and magic, and return to earth with wisdom”
The woman’s dictionary of symbols & sacred objects
epicentre has a strong connection with horses – built by his brother in 1926 for Billy Duncan, a prominent jockey and Melbourne Cup winner, the house buzzed with racing people and well known artists.
It was also the social centre of Caulfield North where people like Sir Hubert Opperman and other famous sporting personalities of the day would gather.
The house has long been involved with charitable functions. Crowds would gather to watch Sir Walter Lindrum play billiards and demonstrate trick shots to raise money for charity. Various Caulfield mayors lived continued and continued this tradition of charity events.
427 is situated on the corner of Glen Eira & Bambra Rds.
Parking for cars is available on site.
Close to Number 64 Tram, and Caulfield Station, there is also a Bus stop out the front.
Caulfield Racecourse, City Hall, & Monash University Caulfield Campus is nearby.