I am a qualified social worker based in Bendigo, Central Victoria.
I have lived experience as a consumer, carer, and community mental health worker.
I have been practicing since 2009, and supervising and mentoring staff members since 2012.
My favourite value is 'integrity' - followed closely by a long list of others!
I enjoy reading crime/thrillers, seeing live bands, eating out with friends, and occasionally swimming.
2021: commenced my own business 'Intergreat' doing NDIS Psychosocial Recovery Coaching, and supervising/mentoring other psychosocial support workers and coaches. Completed Intentional Peer Support training and commenced Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Support.
2020: Manager of an NDIS Psychosocial Recovery program where all staff were required to have lived experience as either a consumer and/or carer.
2017-2020: Mental Health Carer Support worker. Also served as Secretary of the Loddon Mallee Mental Health Carers Network.
2009-2017: Senior Worker with the Personal Helpers & Mentors program (non-clinical outreach)
Bachelor of Social Work/Human Services
Diploma in Professional Counselling
Diploma in Hypnotherapy
I have previously completed training in CBT, Solution-focused, Strengths-based, Narrative, and
More recently I have undertaken courses in DBT, ACT, Coaching, Intentional Peer Support, plus numerous training sessions related to the NDIS
I am currently studying the Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work with Mental Health Vic
My approach to supervision
Strengths-based; Collaborative; Flexible; Reflective; Supervisee focused; Informal approach, but formally documented.
I am extremely passionate about contributing in whatever way I can to the development of a quality lived experience workforce.
I gain a lot of fulfilment from guiding and mentoring others, and approach supervision with a 'parallel practice' framework. This means I will support you as a supervisee in a similar manner to how you practice your role: that is, with mutual respect, appreciative curiosity, humour, genuiness, honesty, warmth, collaboration, and within the scope of my knowledge, skills and resources.