I am a Psychotherapist having trained at the University of Queensland, graduating in 2001. Since graduation I have over 15years experience as a therapist. I have also worked in the drug and alcohol, housing, community/youth and education sector’s.
My philosophy is I value difference, honesty, integrity, finding your own path, standing out from the crowd, connection and relationship. I strongly believe people can be empowered to find their own answers. I know I am not a fixer, and I don’t have all the answers although I might have a suggestion or two. I can sit with you in your chaos, tolerate stuckness and I am not afraid of being afraid and can walk into the dark places with you.
My areas of specialisation is working with adults who have experienced trauma in their lives. I also have a breadth of experience working with issues such as grief and loss, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, substance abuse and anger management. I also has a passion and a long history of providing professional supervision for other professionals especially with social workers, youth workers and community workers.
In addition to my private practice I have been actively involved in the Deception Bay Community. My latest professional project in this area was establishing an independent high school for young people who have experienced trauma and disengaged from mainstream models of education. As a result I developed a unique model of practice called the Social Brain Education model which is based on trauma informed practice and neuro-education for Kairos Community College.
My private practice and community work overall aim is the same – to explore ways of creating a more equitable and safe spaces for us all. I am particularly interested in the ways we make meaning in our lives and to harness our own inner strength to create social change and wellness for ourselves and others.
I use an integrated approach to match your individual and unique needs, drawing on techniques used in motor-sensori, CBT, mindfulness, narrative therapy, interpersonal and neuro-psychotherapy. Tanya’s practice framework draws on relationship, humanistic and strength based perspectives. Tanya is registered provider with the AASW, Medicare, selected private health funds and Workcover.
Since graduating in 2005, I have worked as a therapist and social worker in a range of human service and community work settings. Over the last fifteen years, my practice has been shaped by folks affected by: – chronic illness; natural disasters; trauma, disability; mental health challenges; and, grief and loss.
I consider the therapeutic space to be a safe, inclusive, and enriched environment in which to explore the challenges life brings. I strive to bring a gentle curiosity to these explorations, and to acknowledge the importance of working at your pace. Central to my work is a belief in our capacity for insight, creativity, and growth – particularly in response to the problems of living.
Favouring a trauma-informed and person-centred approach, I draw from contextual behavioural science modalities such as: – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – ACT, Compassion-Focused Therapy – CFT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – DBT, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy -CBT. And integrate these approaches with existential psychology, family systems, developmental, solutions-focussed, strengths and recovery frameworks.
As an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, I can offer counselling support (Focused Psychological Strategies) under the Better Access to Mental Health initiative – which requires a referral from your GP. Currently, I do not offer counselling support for children or provide family therapy.
Qualifications include: – Master of Counselling (UQ); Bachelor of Social Work (UQ); Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (UQ).