Qualifications: B. Soc Sci (Hons) Masters (App Psychology) (Sp & Ex), MAPS
Areas of psychology covered: All areas of psychology with particular interest in crisis management and Critical Incident.
Link to rural life/farming: Born in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). I lived through a time when land invasion was occurring on a frequent basis and many farmers were being forced off their land due to political reasons. There was a great deal of violence, trauma, grief and loss. Uncertainty, fear and hostility were commonplace amongst the local community.
Hobbies/Interests/fun facts: In between running after my children I enjoy running, gym work and cycling. I have abseiled, bungee jumped and sky dived in my youth and now prefer lower levels of adrenaline based activities. I have lived and worked in Zimbabwe, South Africa, United Kingdom and Australia. In my previous life I was an IT developer. My parents are actually Irish and I have family in Ireland, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. I have a twin sister who is 10 minutes older than me. I would rather get wet then carry an umbrella and I never like carrying the salad to a BBQ.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Psychology Honours), Master of Psychology (Clinical), Registered Mental Health Nurse, Member of Australian Psychological Society
Areas of Psychology Covered: All areas of psychology with a special interest in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma and relationship issues.
Link to rural life: I spent my childhood on a mixed farming property in Northern NSW before moving to the Northern Territory where my family owned a small irrigation property. I am well aware of the challenges faced and the resilience required in living on the land. I am also aware of the strong connection between farmers and graziers and their properties.
Hobbies/ Interests/ Fun facts: I have five children which means I haven’t had much time for hobbies in the last few years, however when I do get the chance I love reading, gardening, camping, riding horses and spending time with my grandchildren. Before I trained as a Psychologist I worked both as a general and a Mental Health Nurse for 25 years in the Northern Territory and South Australia.