Internal Family Systems (IFS)
IFS is my current special interest area and I am completing my qualifications in this therapy (due to be completed in June 2021). It is based on the idea of multiplicity, which means that we’re made up of parts that function perfectly together to protect us from overwhelming experiences. A superficial example might be the part that wants to go to the gym versus the part that wants to sit on the couch and take it easy. On a deeper level, it may mean the lengths we go to to protect the parts of us that we’re ashamed of. Most importantly, no part is considered bad or pathological, no matter how destructive its attempts to keep us feeling OK may be (e.g. addictions, distractions, behaviours, control patterns).
The idea is that if we can engage with these parts with curiosity, compassion and acceptance we can learn about their role and function, free them from these roles and heal the parts they’ve been protecting for us. The source of healing and wisdom is within our self, and it’s called “self energy”.
Synergetic Play Therapy
Synergetic Play Therapy is based on the idea of recognising symptoms as disregulation in the nervous system. Either hyperarousal (fight or flight) or hypoarousal (collapse and shut down). The therapist uses their own nervous system to connect with the child’s disregulation and “co-regulate” them through movement, naming sensations and breath. Much in the same way that a parent intuitively calms an upset baby. Initially developed for use in play therapy with young children, it’s a philosophy that can be applied to any age and any modality (for example, talking therapies).
I am a Certified SPT therapist and supervisor.
Developmental Dyadic Psychotherapy
Developmental Dyadic Psychotherapy was developed by Daniel Hughes. It’s an attachment therapy initially designed for work with foster and adoptive families. It uses the relationship between parent and child to heal past attachment trauma and is based on the principles of playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy. I have also found these principles to be very helpful for everyday families dealing with everyday difficulties and growing pains.
It’s a philosophy that can help anybody to parent in a more emotionally focused and connected way, it avoids pathologising a child and kids love it when their parents talk and listen to them in this way. I am one of a handful of certified DDP therapists in Australia.
My Psychology Board of Australia approval for Supervision is currently pending, and expected shortly. In the meantime I can offer clinical and reflective supervision for fully registered psychologists and other health professionals. See above for my special areas of interest.
I’m not currently in a position to offer primary supervision for 4+2 or 5+1 internships.