Here is a bit of background about me and why I chose to be a counsellor:
I’m a Sri Lankan Tamil, who migrated to Australia with my parents and siblings as a teenager. Along with the culture shock of being in a new country, I experienced a lot of bullying in high school. Following this, I went through my young adult life with social anxiety and low self-esteem. While training as a counsellor, I developed my self-confidence and found my life purpose; to help others on their journey of self-discovery. Prior to becoming a counsellor, I was a high school teacher for six years. This gives me a unique insight into young people at a time when they’re vulnerable. These professional and personal experiences have led to a rewarding and enriching career, knowing that I’m making a difference in people's lives.
Counselling and Psychotherapy is all about your connection with your therapist. My clients find that I give them a safe space to explore their issues without judgment, and at their own pace. I do not use a one size fits all approach, as I believe each of my client is unique and so are their needs.
I take an integrative and holistic approach to help you with your issues, drawing from various evidence-based therapeutic methods. The main framework that I practice from is a systemic approach, which considers that your problems and how you deal with them are shaped by who you are in the context of your relationships and family history. I have recently completed some training in Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT) for Couples, and currently working towards getting my certification as an EFT therapist.
Some of the other therapeutic approaches that I use include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), trauma-focused CBT, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), narrative therapy, mindfulness, and creative approaches such as sand tray therapy.
I also continue to attend ongoing professional development, and regular clinical supervision to ensure my practice is ethical and within the boundaries of my professional competence.
Qualifications: Graduate Diploma in Counselling, Graduate Diploma in Education and Bachelor of Science
Registrations: Clinical Member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Registration number: 22975.