I want to help you create the kind of wellbeing that gets you waking up with a sense of energy and optimism, connecting with the people and things you love during the day, and falling asleep with a sense of contentment. I want to help you live life with more joy, confidence, connection, positive change, healthy relationships, resiliency, and compassion – towards yourself and others. I want to help you change your life without changing your life.
A lot of health information that is given to us about healthy lifestyles tends to be about the prevention of chronic illness later in life such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. While I believe this is really important, for a lot of people it’s just not motivating enough. What’s happening today often feels more important than what may or may not happen in another ten, twenty or even thirty years. We don’t know what the future holds, but we do know whether our life feels good today. There’s also a lot of bad “health information” being put out there by people with no professional training or qualifications.
I believe there’s a need for evidence-based information that focuses on improving our health and happiness in the here and now, which is then likely to improve our long-term health and wellbeing as a nice little bonus. That’s why I’m so passionate about Health Psychology and spent nine years studying and training in the field. I feel so lucky to be part of a field that scientifically studies what makes us healthier and happier. Isn’t that just the best?
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What is Health Psychology anyway?
If you’re like most people when you think about psychology you’ll think about mental illness and maybe even shrinks with couches and ink blots.
While the assessment and treatment of mental illness is a very important part of psychology (but doesn’t usually involve couches and ink blots these days), there are many other types of psychologists as well, like Sport Psychologists and Organisational Psychologists. Psychology is actually the study of all human behaviour and experience – not just the treatment of mental illness.
Health Psychology is about understanding and improving the thoughts, feelings, behaviours, relationships, and environmental factors that contribute to optimal health and wellbeing.
Way back in 1948 the World Health Organisation defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.
Health psychology isn’t just focused on the prevention and treatment of physical and mental illness, it’s also about striving for positive health and wellbeing.
Health Psychologist is a protected term in Australia, meaning you must be endorsed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to use the title. You must also uphold the Registration Standards, Guidelines and Policies set by Psychology Board of Australia as well as the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics.
As a Health Psychologist, I can offer you compassion, perspective, and evidence-based strategies because, as much as we would all love a silver bullet, living a healthy happy life requires a whole toolbox of knowledge and skills. Want to find out more about working with me?
There are two things I want you to know about me:
- I try my best to practice what I teach BUT
- I am definitely not perfect nor do I have it all figured out.
I use the word “practice” intentionally. I truly believe that the skills for living a healthy happy life are practices. They aren’t things you can do once and never have to worry about again. You wouldn’t expect to brush your teeth once and have excellent oral health for the rest of your life. Wellbeing habits are the same – they require ongoing commitment.
I feel really lucky to be a psychologist and to have the skills and training that I do but I’m first and foremost a person with my own scars, fears and vulnerabilities. I’m on my own journey, climbing my own mountain. I work hard to use the skills I have to improve my wellbeing to the best of my ability but sometimes I get it wrong and I get off track. I figure growth is a life-long commitment and we have to make mistakes and fall down to learn and grow. It can feel really yucky in the moment but it’s honestly part of the human experience and a great opportunity to practice some self-compassion.
Also, you should know my professional qualifications:
I completed my Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours) at the University of Queensland and my Doctor of Psychology (Health) at Deakin University. I’m registered as a psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with an endorsement in Health Psychology. I am also a member of the Australian Psychological Society.