That means I spend most of my time being with people who are learning how to re-assemble the compartments of their life.
Rather than taking a conventional pathological approach to what's going on for people, my work allows me to accept everyone and everything as whole, purposeful and complete right from the very beginning. Perhaps it's my open-ended curiosity that inspires such compassion, or maybe it's the other way around. All I know is caring about everyone makes me curious about each person's story, in their own words.
I'm also a professional development curator with a specialty in 'intercultural' networks. That is, I help to translate actual needs into institutional language so that everyone ticks their boxes. Really, all I do is see the unseen opportunities for people to do what they love while they work from within to change the system.
I like Star Trek and animated kids movies and find myself watching horror films (even though they end up in my dreams). I don't watch TV or read newspapers, but I do take in a lot of data. Crazy, almost dizzying, amounts of information from every discipline and wisdom known and unknown.
I'm a metasen, which is someone who senses information. I ask a lot of questions, and I was once diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I'm also a published poet and lyricist, visual artist in hiatus and a really terrible whistler.
The bulk of my work has me crossing lines on a regular basis from one job title to another and back again since we are all more than one thing.
Community program develpment
New business or branding
Long before I fell into academia, I was "learning" how to be with people as they are no matter their history, labels or aesthetic.
Diploma of Counselling (2015)
BA Society, Life & Learning (2014)
Child Development and Effective Parenting (2010)
Social and emotional well-being facilitator
Online learning design
(Circles) Urban gangs, drugs, sex workers, child- and domestic-abuse survivors, racism, poverty, single-parents, ex-cons, rape and sexual assault, PTS.
(Personal) ethereal and other-worldy encounters, parental divorce, sibling separation, drugs, homelessness, miscarriage, death of a loved one, depression, stigmatised diagnosis, agoraphobia, chronic pain, undiagnosed illness, suicidal ideation and heartbreak.
Although I did not set out to get certified, it seems I have collected a few pieces of paper along the way that serve to prove me worthy.
The first of two specialities completed through the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (AIPC).
As part of my counselling diploma I chose two study majors - child development and effective parenting, and grief and loss. These, along with my university studies, were an easy way to familiarise myself with traditional mental health approaches and understandings of two central experiences of society -- how to raise little people, and the nature of connection lost.
Completed through Macquarie University via Open Universities Australia (OUA), I started studying as part of my own treatment, in great distress, seeking an outlet for my busy brain while building a life around grief.
Power, Difference and Recognition
Youth & Society
Terrorism: It's Causes and Consequences
Advanced Research in Cultural Studies
Methods of Social Research
Australian and Global Society
Culture and Healing
Myth in the Ancient World
Understanding Contemporary Societies
Completed through the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors, I studied via workbooks while employed full-time, volunteering as secretary for the Friends of Kirra Hill and running candlemaking workshops from home.
Personality & Development Theories
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Person Centred Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy