I am a psychiatrist with specialist qualifications in psychotherapy and contemporary relational psychoanalysis. This involves working in depth to understand the origins of emotional pain and problematic patterns, rather than treating the symptoms. Recognition of how we continue to perpetuate our own difficulties can be liberating and life-changing.
I work with adolescents, adults and couples. In addition to psychotherapy, I also offer clinical supervision, diagnostic assessment and medication consultation. I see people in person in Byron Bay or online via videoconferencing.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy usually involves meeting weekly, although meeting more frequently can lead to more rapid and profound changes and may be necessary for complex problems. Contemporary relational psychoanalysis has progressed very far from the caricature of the silent "blank-screen" analyst. You and I will engage in a dialogue, a collaborative process in which we try to understand what is going on in your life and how it relates to past experiences.
Psychoanalysis differs from other treatment approaches in that it tries to uncover what is unconscious, ie. things that you may not be aware of that are contributing to your difficulties. We will also track the way we relate to each other as a means of illuminating repetitive ways of being in the here and now. By helping you understand yourself better, psychoanalysis provides you with the most powerful tools to lead a better life: self-awareness and authentic connection to self and others.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy can be a very effective treatment approach for a range of problems, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship difficulties, gender and sexuality issues, emotional constriction, fear of intimacy, or feelings of being stuck or held back. The aim is to get to the cause of the problem, rather than simply treating the symptoms.
People often turn to psychoanalysis when medication or short-term approaches, like CBT, have not been helpful enough. Unlike short-term therapies, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are not quick fixes. They involve a longer-term commitment, but the benefit is that deep and lasting change can be the outcome. If you have tried other approaches and they have not helped you in the way that you hoped, if you are looking for a non-drug approach, and if you are wanting to understand yourself and your life better, then this form of therapy may be for you.
Medicare rebates apply to all consultations with no cap on the number of sessions..
Once you have reached the Medicare Safety Net threshold, the remainder of your sessions for that calendar year will attract a rebate of 80% of the out-of-pocket costs.
This also applies to online consultations.