Born in the UK, I migrated with my family to Canada at age 13. I attended high school and college in Montreal, before graduating from Concordia University with a degree in psychology. I worked in research at Concordia University for a year, before again migrating, this time to Australia. I gained my second psychology degree at Griffith University (Gold Coast), and took up independent practice shortly afterwards. I have now been working in clinical and counselling psychology for over 25 years.
I am the proud father of two grown daughters (yes, I survived the teenage years!), one working and one at university. In my spare time I like to do a lot of cycling, as I find it keeps me active, fit, social, and mentally/emotionally healthy. I very much believe in health as an active state of being (as opposed to a passive and neutral state of simply "not being ill"), and that mind and body are so deeply intertwined that we cannot fully enjoy either component when the other is suffering.
My enjoyment of sports (previously soccer, tennis, badminton, golf, and several others) has always kept me not only fit, but also interested in the psychology of sports. As a result, my later years have focused somewhat on those mental aspects that keep athletes functioning well. I enjoy working with individuals and groups, discussing the many ways in which our minds can impact on our performance, and teaching how to not only be more effective, but also more professional, as an athlete.
Aside from this, my life is probably what you might call "unremarkable". I have lived on three continents, travelled to a few countries, and done (for me) some physically challenging things. But otherwise I've lived cleanly, quietly and calmly. And this is perhaps what underlies my general approach to life, and explains why (if I were asked about my "religion") I have begun to follow a Buddhist philosophy towards most things. It also fits in rather nicely with the practice of psychology!
Experience as a
I've been working as a psychologist in Queensland since 1998. I originally started with a firm based in Southport, practicing both clinical (individual) and organisational (workplace) psychology, where I did quite a lot of trauma and crisis work (including a 24/7 trauma/crisis hotline).
I opened my own practice in January 2000, in Paradise Point, and began seeing private clients from then onward. In 2002, I also took on a contract with the Vietnam Veterans' Counselling Service (now Open Arms) to provide services to military veterans. I've been doing clinical and counselling psychology now for 25 years, seeing a mix of medical referrals, self-referrals, military veterans and athletes.
During this time, I have also held several other contract positions. In 1999, I took on a 6-month research role with the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP). Between 2000 and 2001, I also held a lecturing position at Griffith University (Logan). And from 2002 to 2007, I had both a research role and a counselling contract with the Veterans and Veterans' Families Counselling Service (VVCS) in Brisbane.
Since 2013, I have been providing seminars and workshops to athlete groups, to help build the mental skills they will need in order to be effective in their chosen sports. I have also worked with individual athletes, from juniors (in BMX and hockey) to State representatives (in tennis and cycling) to Olympic para-athletes (in cycling), as well as with dozens of school groups and regional clubs from around Australia.
1998 - Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia.
1992 - Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
1998 - AHPRA Registration (current)
Registration # PSY0001404602
2002 to Present - Contracted Provider
VVCS and DVA