Therapy with Andrew
I come from a place of seeing you as a unique individual who has been shaped by your past experiences, your environment, family, the way you see the world and your present circumstances. I will work towards creating a safe therapeutic environment in which we can explore and understand each of these areas and how they may be influencing your present concerns and patterns in your life.
Treatment will be individualised to your specific needs and goals. I will work collaboratively with you on this journey and will go at your pace with compassion, care and empathy. I have experience working with complex presentations over longer periods. I will work with you using a range of approaches I have found to be the most helpful, predominantly EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing) and IFS (Internal Family Systems/Parts work), but will also rely on key aspects from CBT, DBT, ACT, Schema therapy and mindfulness strategies.
Andrew’s Qualifications & Experience
Andrew is a Senior Registered Psychologist with over 25 years-experience. Andrew is known for working with individual’s who have previously struggled to achieve results in therapy. Andrew is passionate about treating individuals who have experienced trauma: including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex Trauma, Trauma that stems from events experienced as an adult or in childhood, including adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse; and attachment trauma. He also has experience in working with Dissociative Identity Disorder, Conversion Disorder, Personality Disorder’s, treatment resistant Depression and Anxiety.
Andrew completed a BSc (Psychology) and Honours Degree at the University of NSW in 1994. He predominantly works with adults with complex presentations, but has previously worked with children, adolescents, family’s and couples from diverse backgrounds.
Andrew is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS); a board approved supervisor; and member of the Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Association of Australia (EMDRAA). He is registered to provide services through: Medicare, NDIS and privately. Andrew has appeared on ABC radio; has written brief articles, two books and published over 7 chapters. He has presented at international conferences, forums and workshops.
Before joining the READ Clinic, he had worked for a number of different government services. For 7 years he managed the Gaining Ground Program, an early intervention and education Program for children with a parent with a mental health problem; for over 10 years he worked for the Transcultural Mental Health Centre, working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds and refugee backgrounds; and was the School-Link Coordinator, involved in implementing a whole of school approach to addressing the mental health and well-being of children attending High Schools. Andrew is a trauma informed therapist who works from a broad therapeutic base specialising in: Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR); Parts Work – Internal Family Systems (IFS); Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Schema Therapy and the use of Mindfulness.