I have been a doctor for close to 25 years and my passion is helping people build positive mental health and wellbeing – so they can better manage their health, work and life.
In addition to my medical degree I have done extensive training in coaching and counselling (see below) and worked extensively in the mental health sector. Not only do I help people directly, but I have written articles about mental health, work in suicide prevention as well as working as a mental health facilitator.
The coaching approaches I use are informed by the best available evidence and are grounded in psychological theories of human behaviour, motivation and adult development.
In my coaching and counselling work I draw from a number of evidence-based psychological theories and methods including:
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
- Cognitive behaviour therapy
- Control theory: how people self-regulate
- Developmental theory: how people develop perspective and make meaning
- Goal theory: how people set and attain goals (and why effective goal setting is more than setting SMART goals)
- Meaning-centred therapy: logotherapy
- Person-centred (humanistic) approaches
- Positive psychology and strengths based approaches
- Self-determination theory: how autonomy, competency and connectedness enhances wellbeing
- Theories of change: how to help people change and manage the things that get in the way
- Solution-focussed approaches
I’m committed to ongoing professional development including clinical supervision and aligns with the Australian Medical Association Code of Ethics and the International Coach Federation Code of Ethics.
- MSc (Coach Psych), Sydney University (current)
- Advanced Diploma Logotherapy (Viktor Frankl’s meaning centred therapy) (current)
- Grad Cert Coaching & Counselling, Deakin University (2015)
- Grad Cert Public Health, UNSW (2007)
- MBBS (Honours), UNSW (1993); BSc (Medicine), UNSW (1993)
Other coach training
- Contextual Coaching (2016)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (2015)
- HealthChange® Methodology Basics and Decision Framework (2014)
Invited National Mental Health Advisory Roles
- NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention: Co-Chair Lived Experience Advisory Group
- National Digital Mental Health Gateway: Core Community Working Group
- NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention: Suicide Prevention Framework for NSW Steering Committee