Kate is a registered psychologist who is passionate about sharing the tools that psychology offers to help people live their best lives.
Kate loves to share the science of psychology with clients, validating and explaining why they might feel the way they do, how they can tolerate some psychological distress, savour the good feelings, and regulate their emotional state to enjoy life that little bit more.
With a strong belief in the mind-body connection, Kate finds that whilst many clients comfortably engage in predominantly cognitive based therapies (CBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing), just as many have embraced therapy from a physiological origin, employing a polyvagal theory informed approach. Many of her clients have benefitted from working collaboratively to embrace an increased physical exercise regime, engagement with nature, music and art, and behavioural activation. Others have benefitted from interpersonal psychotherapy.
Whether as a tool to calm the nervous system, develop an awareness of one’s thought processes and habitual responses, a tool to develop psychological flexibility, or to invoke a state of compassion, mindfulness has been a highly instrumental psychological tool to support her clients’ mental health.
Kate supports clients experiencing:
- Stress and burnout
- Life adjustments
- Vocational uncertainty
- Trauma and PTSD
- Grief and loss
- Chronic Pain
- Erectile dysfunction
- Relationship issues
Kate works to assist clients to navigate their way through difficult times and the associated emotions that are part of the human condition. She works predominantly with adults and accepts referrals from Workcover, DVA, NDIS, General Practitioners, Psychiatrists, and self-referred clients.
Kate matches her therapeutic approach to suit each client drawing from a range of therapeutic modalities in which she has trained, including:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Behavioural Activation
- Compassion Focused Therapy
- Cognitive Processing Therapy
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy
- Polyvagal Theory in Therapy
Prior to transitioning into a career in psychology, Kate spent several years in the tertiary education sector lecturing and researching. She taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students and worked in both the domestic and international student market.
Kate and her husband raised three sons in Brisbane. She has lived and worked in Grafton, Germany, Newcastle, and Sydney. She speaks fluent German. She loves hiking in Lamington National Park and Tasmania, swimming most days of the week, and she regularly practices yoga.