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.

Qualifications

Tertiary qualifications

  • 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