MA (Counselling Psych), BA Hons, Grad Dip Fam Therapy, VAPP training program
Fiona has been working as a psychologist since the early 1990’s, and has engaged in intensive training in adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (VAPP).
Fiona provides longer-term psychotherapy for adults, and clinical supervision for counselling practitioner. Fiona is guided by psychoanalytic and relational theories of psychotherapy; and works with individuals to gradually and deeply explore thoughts, feelings and experiences in order to open up pathways for new possibilities. The therapy relationship creates a safe container for this exploration of conscious and unconscious dynamics that have often developed during childhood, and continue to have an impact on patterns and difficulties experienced in adult life. This therapeutic process allows individuals to make sense of and integrate less conscious aspects of themselves in order to lead to a more fulfilled and meaningful life.
Common psychological struggles: Fiona has many years of experience in working with individuals who seek help for a range of common psychological difficulties, including: depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, and life transitions.
Trauma: Fiona has worked extensively with individuals who have experienced troubling or traumatic experiences and events in childhood and adulthood. This has led to a particular interest in attachment difficulties, dissociative disorders and post-traumatic stress.
Women’s issues: Much of Fiona’s clinical work has focussed on assisting women to work though difficult or challenging life experiences. This has included relationship issues, fertility difficulties, pregnancy loss, postnatal depression and parenting. Fiona also has a long-standing interest in assisting new mothers to adjust to motherhood, and to attend to painful issues that may arise in family relationships during this sensitive time of transition and change. In addition, Fiona works with women who have body image concerns, and has an interest in assisting women to improve their relationship with their physical selves.
LGBTIQ and sexual health issues: Fiona has also spent a number of years in private practice in a Melbourne sexual health clinic where she worked with patients from the LGBTIQ communities. She has an interest in promoting positive health and identities for lesbians, gay men, queer-identifying, and trans individuals. She also works with heterosexual patients wanting to explore sexual health concerns. Fiona is committed to providing non-pathologising psychotherapy for individuals from diverse backgrounds and identities.