My Invitation to You-
Professional, Effective Therapy for Lasting Change
Byron Psychology is the private
consulting practice of Prem
Dana Takada, B.B.Sc (Hons), M.Psych ,Clinical Psychologist. As a Specialist
Clinical Psychologist and Marital/Family Therapist with over
25 yrs of international experience (Europe, Asia, US, Australia)
she has an incredibly broad range of knowledge which includes
cutting-edge modern psychological change tools and a deep understanding
of spiritual practise. This all adds up to a powerful, amazing
formula for change.
The interface between each client’s Personal
Psychology and their Relationship/Family, Health, Wealth and
Career is assessed and transformed. A unique, individually
tailored approach is customised for each client to guarantee
quick yet lasting results.
Prem Dana has an exceptional talent for being
able to take complex problems and develop easy to follow solutions.
Client S says “Dana is like a surgeon, she knows exactly
where and how to operate”.
Call her on 02 6680 9346 and take advantage of a complimentary
telephone assessment today or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Initial Phone assessment/application.
customised, professional sessions
Cutting edge tools selected
and tailored to quickly and easily resolve the problem
tailored at-home/work assignments (proven to deepen the learning
Couple/Family and/or Individual
sessions as required ( Dana is a fully trained systems therapists
of each person’s Personal Psychology and their family/
relationship, social, health, finance, career/business and happiness
all assessed and attended to
Telephone/email support between
sessions as needed
“No Like- No Pay” Guarantee- In the unlikely event
that you aren’t totally satisfied
with the service
number of spaces available
For out of town or international clients- phone/e-sessions are available.
Retreats – “The Byron Process”
intensives - at stunning Byron Bay, Far North Coast, New South
Wales, Australia specifically targets the interface between
the personal, the spiritual and the material world of business.
Laser-focused coaching and intervention over a time-limited
period (3 hour blocks over 3-4 days). Includes diagnosis of
blocks and problem areas and immediate solutions for your business
design and growth.
and other therapeutic activities such as massage, yoga/pilates and
meditations all available on request.
Dana is also the originator of the “Soul
Purpose to Market” Seminars and Products- conscious
business building tools that merge money and a life of true
information about Prem Dana’s full range of state of
the art, international quality services call her on International
61 2 6680 9346 or Local 02 6680 9346
About Prem Dana
She established Byron Psychology after returning to
Australia to live in Byron Bay in 2007. She has lived and worked
in Australia, London, India and Japan. During that time she consulted with the national
and international community on a range of emotional and psychological
issues of individuals, couples families and adolescents, gave workshops and seminars,
and was involved in professional development activities and
assisted in developing an English speaking professional organization
for therapists in Japan during her time there.
Since arriving back in Australia she has been involved
in training staff at an Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center- Namitjira, supervising
and consulting with government mental health teams and NPO’s ,
supervising other Psychologists and acting as a consultant for community groups.
In addition, with her expertise as an systemic conscious
business consultant she has led “The Byron Process- Business
Transformation” retreats for business owners and has
“Soul Purpose to Market” workshops.
She has a strong commitment to professionalism as evidenced by:
1. Ongoing professional
development activities by attendance and presentations
at professional and community conferences and seminars.
2. Networking with and supporting colleagues.
3. Ethical practice awareness.
4. Connections with a wide range of community groups
Why Seek Therapy?
People seek therapy for a wide range of reasons ranging
from support with personal growth to specific problem focus and
psychiatric issues. Prem Dana’s local and international experience in
a diversity of settings gives her a unique ability to deal
with a wide range of presenting issues with flexibility and
care. Each treatment is designed according to client’s
All therapy is totally confidential. Prem Dana abides by the
Australian Psychological Society and code of ethics, which establishes
professional ethical standards.
Why a Clinical
Prem Dana is a Clinical Psychologist which means that
she is specialist in human behavior and
change. Clinical Psychologists provide systematic assessment,
evaluation of behavior, personality, emotions and systems to provide
solutions for individuals, groups, organizations and the community.
Prem Dana is a member of the College of Clinical Psychologist
of the Australian Psychological Society, a minimum 8 year training
requirement. Australian Clinical Psychology training runs on
a scientist – practitioner model and involves training
major thesis and internship. Clinical Psychologists use
evidence based treatments and therapies including Cognitive
Therapy and Family and Systemic approaches.
In contrast, a Psychiatrist is a medical doctor (M.D.) who has
specialized in psychiatry. Psychologists do not prescribe medication
though a referral can be made to a medical practitioner for further
assessment for the appropriate use of medication as part of your
treatment, if required. Referrals and recommendations to other
community resources can also be made as part of your treatment.
Prem Dana is trained in brief and in other longer
term and in depth therapy approaches. Brief therapy
can last from 1-12 sessions while longer term therapy can be
ongoing, according to each client’s situation.
Sessions can focus on a range of problem specific areas such
• Low Self-Esteem
• Anxiety Disorders, Panic Attacks - Diaphragmatic Breathing, What is a Panic Attack?
• Depression -
Recommended book - Feeling Good by David Burns.
• Abuse History - physical, sexual, emotional. Recommended
book: The Courage to Heal E. Bass and L. Davis.
• Disorders of Body Image and Eating
• Recovery Issues
• Women’s Issues - Abortion, Adoption, Infertility.
Recommended book: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by
Problems - Recommended book: The 20 Minute Break: Using the New Science
of Ultradian Rhythms E Rossi PhD.
Issues - in the work place, in your marriage or in general.
Multiracial Issues. Recommended book: What Are You? Voices
of Mixed Race Young People Pearl Fuyo Gaskins.
Issues – relationship problems, separation/divorce, infidelity.
Recommended book: After the Affair Janis Abrahams Spring
• Sexual Problems or Issues - problems with sexual desire,
Issues - Anger management, relationships, male survivor. Recommended
Book: Victims No Longer Mike Lew.
of Origin Issues – dysfunctional families, children of
• Codependence - Recommended
books: Healing the Shame that Binds You John Bradshaw. Facing Codependence by Pia Mellody.
and Work Related Stress, Life Choices – career and life
History - Bipolar Disorder. Recommended book: New Hope for People
with Bipolar Depression by F. Fawcett , B.
Golden and N. Rosenfield.
Prem Dana Takada is a fully trained Family Therapist (Victorian
Association of Family Therapists, Clinical Member since 1990).
Issues, Sexual Issues, Infidelity, Divorce, Cross Cultural Relationships.
There is a lot of recent research that demonstrates what is needed to create a
successful marriage. The average couple waits six years before
seeking help for marital problems (and keep in mind, half of
all marriages that end in the USA do so in the first seven years).
This means the average couple lives with unhappiness for far
too long. In Dr. John Gottman's apartment
lab at the University of Washington, he studies how people interact
with one another under everyday circumstances. He has discovered
that "bids for connection" happen at a very high rate
between partners. What is a bid for connection? Bids can be verbal
or non-verbal. They can be highly physical or come totally from
the intellect. They can be sexual or non-sexual. The key is that
a bid for connection is an attempt to create connection between
two people. Its function is to keep the relationship going forward
and in a positive direction. Bids are a fundamental element of
emotional connection. Try the brief quiz on Gottman's website.
Recommended books: The Divorce Remedy Michelle Weiner Davis. After the Affair Janis
Abrahams Spring PhD.
for seminars - for couples, cross-cultural relationships and "Making
Marriage Work/Keeping Love Alive"
seminars (developed by Michele Weiner Davis).
See also Pat Love's web site for
books on relationship and sexual issues.
Therapy - sessions involving the whole family for problem
solving and solution finding.
Parenting – sessions
for parents, emphasizing the competency of both parents and children and
opportunities for new understandings, communication and behaviors. Available for seminars on parenting.
and Adolescent Therapy – for older children and adolescents
with Behavioral/Emotional/Social Difficulties.
No formal educational assessments provided. Recommended book: Nobody’s Perfect K. Kirberger (for
Prem Dana has led groups in Australia, England, India and Japan
Groups led previously - Parenting Skills, Assertion Skills, Social Skills,
Solution Focused Approaches to Depression, Women’s Group,
Eating Disorders, Anxiety and Psychoeducational groups
for people with Psychiatric Disorders and their families. Also
assisted in many personal development groups in India - Primal Feelings, Codependency. Participant in
group trainings - Psychology of the Buddhas, Meditation Intensive and Systemic
EAP (Employee Assistance Program) services –
group lectures on CISM (critical
incident stress management) and post traumatic stress, stress management, alcohol and family problems, and depression.
Individual and Couple Therapy also available as an EAP service.
Prem Dana Takada is fully trained in Systemic Approaches
services available for staff conflicts. Recommended
book: Managing Differences by
Dan Dana PhD
Systemic Constellation work – for organizational problem
solving and change.
Seminars and Workshops
Prem Dana has presented many seminars and workshops over the
years in her home country, Australia, as well as while working
in London and in Japan. She has presented to community groups,
schools, client groups and a wide range of professional and
business groups. She has also presented at Asia-wide (in
Bangkok and Kyoto) and International Conferences in the
Though Byron Psychology is based in Byron Prem Dana is available for
telephone sessions for those who live outside Byron, anywhere in Australia,
Japan or other countries. Prem Dana is also available for telephone consultation
for those on extended trips to other States or overseas or for follow up therapy.
Brief Therapy is a way of conceptualizing therapy, a way of developing
a therapeutic relationship. It has a number of aspects. It
is directive, active, focused, solution-oriented and psycho-educational.
All the many tools, techniques, skills and understandings
that Prem Dana has gathered over the last 25 years are utilized
in sessions to help clients to access their unique solutions
and put them into practice in their own lives. Prem Dana
Takada has trained in a range of Brief Therapy approaches
including Cognitive Therapy,
Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy, Solution Focused
Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Couple and Family Systems
Therapy. She has trained in Australia, London,
Oxford, Tokyo, India, Germany, The Netherlands and the USA.
Term Therapy Many people also choose to stay
in therapy for long term or ongoing personal development
work. In longer term therapy the work continues and further
evolution takes place over time.
Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy. Prem Dana has also developed
a therapeutic approach based on integrating modern psychological techniques
with traditional mystery school teachings which focus on meditations of the heart in
an East meets West approach. Many discoveries, creative solutions and transformations
occur spontaneously so that therapy and thereby life become not so much
a doing as a non-doing, an allowing of the unnatural/problem aspects to
dissolve and the natural or the essential to flower.
A wide range of techniques may be utilized in both brief and longer term
therapy such as dialoguing, imagery, letter writing, metaphor,
family genograms and specific "at home" tasks. Clients will discover
keys in how to connect with their inherent wisdom, strength, and self acceptance.
is your personal theory of therapy?
- Prem Dana Takada MPsych.
by Fran Ridgel (HS Counselor at
is your personal theory of therapy?
Just as we would hope that each of our clients lead a unique
life and discover their own creative solutions to the challenges
that they face in life, so too am I a sum of all the different
experiences that I have had and my therapy and my ideas about
therapy reflect that. For me to honestly face who I am and what
I am about in my work even if that is different from others.
This self validation is the also a core of my theory.
As I come to the therapy room I bring the whole of my past and
present experiences and my self with me as does the client sitting
before me. I trust that out of the meeting of these two (or more)
selves something new will develop. Sometimes I describe myself
as a Magpie, which is an Australian bird that has a great voice
or warble and collects treasures. So I’m always on the
lookout for treasures and I pick them up and put them in my box.
The thing about magpies is that they see treasures where other
people wouldn’t think of looking, a scrap here and an old
bit of something or other there and in their case they build
their nest out of it. I became interested in therapeutic approaches
that were deep and that could be brief and which could be used
within a long term, developmental model of therapy or within
a brief therapy format. In my search for those special treasures,
I found approaches that bring the heart back into therapy. Seeing
things as a whole, or the whole of what is, through the eyes
of the spiritual heart is alchemical.
I have come to understand that the heart has its own magic which
I refer to as its alchemical properties. The heart’s qualities
include trust, space, courage and gratefulness plus many others.
Alchemy is the science that is concerned with finding ways to
turn base matter into gold or higher states and another definition
is the science of finding a medicine to cure all diseases. Psychologist
have become very good at explaining away everything and are trained
to see problems or pathology not people, or as is increasingly
common, to just see the solutions. These approaches can be very
effective. But an alchemical approach would suggest that you
live within the mystery of the life and creates vertical not
just horizontal change. There are several major types of what
I call alchemical approaches that I use. The main ingredient
is that it must contain the problem and also may contain its
opposite. The catalyst is simply one of the qualities of the
heart. The heart is like any muscle, as we exercise it, it grows.
And from this the problem can dissolve and the new arise on its
own. Whatever psychological or mind-body tools I utilize are
captured within this frame.
you apply holistic approaches in your work with clients? What are the approaches?
My approach is holistic in its essence. The approach is holistic
whenever I use a combination of any of the mind-body-spirit techniques
that I have trained in or developed. These include a wide range
of cognitive-behavioral, systemic, hypnotic and alchemical approaches.
I am always attending to:
1. What developmental phase the person is at
2. What is the current emotional, psychological state
3. Their physical state and
4. Spiritual state.
Specific holistic approaches that I use include the alchemical
psychotherapy and hypnotherapy approaches. Alchemical Psychotherapy
and Hypnotherapy utilizes the powerful keys of acceptance of
what is and the courage of the heart. In this approach these
ancient tools of the mystics are blended with the powerful discoveries
of modern therapy such as modality/ sub-modality work (vision,
feeling and sound), time-line work and solution-focused ratification
of changes. These approaches are generic and can be used for
a wide variety of emotional, relationship, somatic or behavioral difficulties since they are not so much
change techniques as tools of transformation. The approach assumes
that, as E. Rossi outlines, the therapist’s main role is
to assist clients in getting unstuck in the creative process.
A lot of emphasis is place on a healing atmosphere being created
by the therapist and these approaches can be used in an individual
or group format.
did you get started applying these approaches?
My original training was in fairly traditional cognitive Behavioral therapies at Latrobe University, Melbourne,
Australia, It was certainly a very sound basis for my future
work as a Clinical Psychologist and I often return to these basic
tools of facing the underlying beliefs and social learning theory.
I also at the same time trained in structural, strategic and
systemic family therapy approaches at a one of the local training
hospitals in the area so I was introduced to a wide range of
approaches early on in my training. After initially working in
community Psychology/Psychiatry for a few years I worked in a
Psychiatric crisis team under the mentorship of an Ericksonian
therapist. Ericksonian therapy, a la Milton Erickson, developed
hypnotherapy into a therapeutic art form. He was based in Phoenix
and the Ericksonian Foundation is still there today. In his approach
everything about the client is utilized (this is simply called
the utilization approach) so that everything that he observed
about the client became part of the potential solution- this
includes the physical, emotional, psychological and developmental
aspects of the person. So in a way he was a
"holistic" therapist before his time. However several
of the other post-Ericksonian therapists (E. Rossi, S. Gilligan)
also include aspects of the spiritual dimension. In Rossi’s
case he links this to specific biological processes as the new
sciences are demonstrating that psychological change and growth
of consciousness actually have biological correlates not only
in increased synaptic and dendrite connections but in actual neurogenesis (new
neuronal growth) which in the past was thought to not to be able
to occur in adult brain tissue.
I began exploring meditation in 1990 in Thailand and visited
India a number of times in the 90’s while studying at Osho
Commune International Pune, India which is a center for
meditation and personal growth where I studied in the Mystery
School. In this approach the alchemical possibilities of the
spiritual heart are explored and experimented with. The heart
contains the qualities of compassion, space, silence, love, courage
acceptance of what is and many other qualities that, if utilized,
can transform the nature of problems. So this is the major lens
I use today in my work what ever other brief or depth therapy
approaches I am utilizing. For me holistic therapy isn’t
just about mind-body approaches, or about counseling someone
on their nutrition or spiritual needs. It is about being able
to see the whole person, it is about
the word holy. Seeing beyond the psychology of the person and
the problem to what is more than that. The possibilities, the
unknown, the mysteries. So this is a very different approach
to a goal orientated, outcome orientated psychological approach.
But I must say that I still get good results and my approach
is highly effective! It is challenging to adapt this approach
to a wider range of problems and I am currently exploring how
to adapt this to traditional cognitive and hypnotic approaches
to sexual dysfunctions, eating disorders and marital therapy.
training did you receive to be able to apply these approaches?
In my basic training in undergraduate Behavioral Science
we study a broad range of topics namely –Sociology, Biology,
Psychology and Mathematics (for research purposes and interpretation
or scientific reports). So already I had a broad based training
in the social ( criminology) and hard sciences ( genetics, zoology,
botany, physiology and nutrition) as well as intensive training
in diverse areas of Psychology which included, learning and memory,
psychopathology, social psychology, developmental theory, philosophy
of science and research. It is only after studying these basics
for 4 years that one is allowed to begin the study of Clinical
Psychology in Australia.
I have studied meditation and the transformative potential of
the heart since 1990 and I have participated in a wide range
of group processes including primal therapies and tantra in
terms of dealing with childhood and relationship issues. On more
transpersonal issues I have participated in past life groups.
In regard to Psychology of the Buddha’s I did this specifically
in Sedona, Arizona in a course entitled Beyond Psychology.
In regard to healing and energy work while I am not a “hands
on” healer or body worker I have studied Reiki since 1991
and I have also studied other types of energy work including
Prana. Within the mystery school training their was also a lot
of study in regard to charkas and understanding the energy /belief
systems of different charkas- similar to what Carolyn Mace is
now presenting to the Western world.
More recently, over the last 5 years, I have become increasingly
interested in the work of Bert Hellinger whose work can be described
as transpersonal in that it works on the soul level and with
intergenerational family and societal systems. This work has
given me additional insights and techniques into the greater
forces at work that effect the body-mind-soul of individuals.
Therefore my holistic model includes aspects of biology/general
health, psychology/individual development and thinking, awareness
of psychiatric issues, understanding of energy systems and family
and social systems including transgenerational, and beyond psychology
to the spiritual self or soul.
do you know when to use these approaches with clients? Do you also always
use the holistic approach?
How I determine which aspects of a holistic approach to focus
on relies on my initial assessment as well as the person’s
request. It is my experience that when a client and a therapist
get together that something greater than either of them, the
therapeutic mind, appears. So while I keep very up to date with
the latest effective therapeutic approaches and techniques in
the field of psychology and have a broad based knowledge I have
to say that at this point of my career I often don’t
“think” in the traditional sense while working. My
mind is quite silent and this co-created therapeutic mind guides
both the client and myself in the
work. The beauty about developing the qualities of the heart
is that work and decisions become easier if one simply allows
oneself to pay exquisite attention and follow the guidance offered.
Different people are requesting different things when they come
to meet with me. For some it will be a very brief and interesting
meeting, for another it is the beginning of a longer journey
of self discovery. Different techniques along the way can help
facilitate the learnings. I always gather information regarding medical
history and current medical problems and often will refer people
to medical or alternative health practitioners for further assessment
and treatment. Many clients I see in Tokyo are already doing
some form of yoga or meditation or become interested in this
during treatment. While I do not impose any specific meditation
or spiritual practices I will help guide the person to discover
what might be suitable for them, though usually they find this
outside of the therapy itself which I think is appropriate.
ethical issues do you see incorporating these approaches in your practice?
In 2000 I went to the Evolution in Psychotherapy conference in
Anaheim, California. This is a conference which is held by the
Ericksonian society every 5 years in which all the most esteemed
therapist/trainers are present. I was surprised to hear so many
therapists say that spirituality has no place in therapy and
that it should be kept distinct. And these were the gestalt therapists!
So I am at a loss to know why things spiritual are such a hot
topic or how in fact I could avoid including these issues in
therapy. In my work in Japan I so often find that people are
searching for some spiritual sustenance. For myself I do not
see any ethical issues, if I give someone meditation, nutrition/physical
advice I also qualify when it is outside of my professional area
of competence or expertise and refer them to an appropriate practitioner.
It is important for practitioners to always qualify their field
of expertise, range of experience and make that clear to the
person. Clients are typically understanding and don’t expect
all things to be delivered by one person.
benefits do you see by using these approaches?
The main benefits for me in using an alchemical lens is that
therapy flows more easily, it is less tiring for me and truly
surprising things happen. The approach reflects more the nature
of reality which is one of interconnectedness between all things.
To have a broad based knowledge is essential as it can be helpful,
for example to recommend to someone to explore nutritional counseling for
panic attacks related to mineral or hormonal imbalance so that
the immediate symptom can be assisted. I guess I learnt this
in my psychiatric training in which organic causes of psychiatric
symptoms always need to be excluded first before one treats it
psychiatrically/psychologically i.e. hallucinations can be caused
by infections or brain tumor for
example. Though there is a distinct connection between body and
mind it is a mistake just to treat the mind. Sometimes if one
treats the body, the mind follows too.
limitations are there in using these approaches?
One problem might be that there are a lot of different aspects
to focus on in any given moment and of course at times I might
give too much attention to one at the cost of another. But usually
things even out and I trust that things will work out even if
they are not done perfectly. In general I would say that most
so called holistic practitioners are not really so. They have
not received enough psychotherapy training to be really advising
people in that area of their life and should advertise themselves
as body workers rather than counselors so
as to avoid misrepresentation.
else would you like to share about being a holistic therapist?
This interview has given me a chance to examine what being a
holistic therapist means to me. One of the best things about
seeing people as a whole rather than just their parts- whether
it is their body, mind or problems -is that my work becomes a
place of meditation for me when the space and silence of the
heart can be with that of another and the resonance can echo
throughout mine and the client’s life. It is truly a self
nourishing approach and I am truly blessed.
When seeing things as a whole, the whole mind relaxes and the
heart is able to function more freely. The heart qualities of
intuition, space, courage and possibilities are able to surface.
Seeing people or things as parts is stressful, tension inducing
and limiting. This sort of awareness can be very focused but is inherently critiquing what it sees, analyzing, looking for improvement. Seeing things
as a whole allows things to transform and develop organically
I love telling stories in therapy.
“ They say that in the life of the great Sufi mystic Farid that a King came to see him. He had brought
a present for him: a beautiful pair of scissors, golden, studded with diamonds-very
valuable, very rare. He brought those scissors to present to Farid. He touched Farid’s feet
and gave him the scissors. Farid took them, looked
at them, and gave them back to the king, and said, “Sir may thanks for
the present that you have brought. It is a beautiful thing, but utterly useless
for me. It will be better if you can give me a needle. Scissors I don’t
need; only a needle will do” The king said,
“I don’t understand. If you need a needle you will
need scissors too” Farid said, “Scissors
I don’t need because scissors cut things apart. A needle
I need because a needle puts things together. My whole teaching
is based on love-putting things together, teaching people communion.
I need a needle so that I can put people together. The scissors
are useless; they cut, they disconnect. Next time when you come,
just an ordinary needle will be enough”
Educational and Professional Background
Undergraduate B.B.Sc. (Hons.) Ist Class
3 Minor Thesis:
"Scheduled Induced Self Injection of Heroin in Rats: The blocking effects
of Naloxone" Supervisor. Pr. G. Singer. Published.
4. (1st Class Honors.)
"Pretreatment Characteristics of Clients
in a Therapeutics Community for the Treatment of Drug Dependence: Their Association
with Retention and a Descriptive Analysis." Supervisors: Pr. G. Singer
and Dr. P. Cook.
Minor Philosophy Thesis. “Different Types of Knowledge.
Intuitive Versus Rational Knowledge.”
Master’s Psychology (Clinical).
"The Acute effects of Alcohol on the Daughters of Alcoholics and Controls:
A Search for Mediating Factors in the Predisposition towards Alcoholism." Supervisors.
Pr. K. Ng and Pr. G. Singer.
Psychology Tutor - Chisholm Institute of Technology, Department
of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia. Full/Time 1984 Part/Time 1985-87
Taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students Memory and Learning,
Perception, Social Psychology, Philosophy of Science, Occupational
Psychology. Practicum and supervision of research projects
Casework. Psychological Trainee
(a)West Heidelberg Community Center,
May 1985 Dec 1985 (b) LaTrobe University
Clinic .March 1985 to Dec 1986. Concurrently undertook 1.5
years of a 2 years training program in Systemic Therapy at
(c) Austin Hospital Psychology Department Feb 1986-June 1987.
• Vocational/educational/intellectual assessment of children and adolescents.
• Psychometric testing /projective testing/psychological assessment of
• Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Narrative
Therapy, Systemic, Structural and Strategic therapies and Psychodynamic therapies
of child, adolescent and adult and family problems.
• Group Work: Parenting Skills, Assertion Training,
• Medical Outpatients, Behavioral medicine
• Child In-patient Team.
• Trained to treat a wide range of problems. Sexual abuse/incest- current
and survivor, Eating disorders, Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, Alcohol and Drug
Abuse, Stealing, Personality Disorders,
Community Psychologist (locum) Westgate Community Health
Service, Melbourne. F/T June 1987-May 1988
General Community Psychology work and therapy with adolescence,
adults 16year-, couples and families.
Treatment of Acute and Chronic Psychiatric Disorders
–manic-depression, depression, schizophrenia, suicide
• Psycho-educational groups for people with psychiatric disorders, social
• Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder
Psychologist (locum) Sunshine Counseling and
Community Services, Melbourne. P/T Aug 1988-Feb 1989
• Wide range of community psychology work and therapy.
• Educational assessments/ liaison with schools.
• Chairperson of community team designed to reduce the use of tranquilizers
in the community.
• Narrative Therapy with Violent men
5. Clinical PsychologistCommunity Assessment
and Treatment Team (CATT) Royal Park Hospital, Melbourne. P/T Aug 1988-Feb
1989 F/T Feb 1989-Feb 1991.
Home based Psychiatric Crisis team as an alternative to hospitalization
for acute and chronic psychiatric disorders. Pilot project,
• Psychological assessment and therapy. Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy,
Ericksonian Therapy, Strategic Therapy.
• Consultant and trainer for psychiatric team members on various brief
Clinical Psychologist (locum) Bloomsbury Health Authority,
London, United Kingdom. F/T/ June 1991-Sep 1991
(a) Consultant to high security ward (b) Ear nose and throat
consultant e.g. Tinnitus (c) Community Psychologist
Principal Clinical Psychologist West London Health Care
Trust, NHS. Ealing, United Kingdom F/T Oct
Senior Psychologist. Consultant to Multidisciplinary Teams.
(a) Inpatient ward, (b) Community mental health team and (b)
Outpatient community psychiatric nursing team. Psychotherapy,
Hypnotherapy and Family Therapy work.
• Family Therapy work with young men with a Psychiatric Diagnosis.
• Group Therapy- Solution Focused Group for people with Depression.
• Women’s Group.
Worker (Volunteer) School of Mysticism; Center for Transformation, Pune,
India. April 1994-March 1995
Volunteer at a personal development and mediation center in
9. Teacher ESL Grandom Academy,
Tokyo, Japan. July 1995-June 1997
Clinical Psychologist/ Psychotherapist Tokyo, Japan. July
1995- Sept 2007
• Established private practice providing Clinical Consultation for cross-cultural
relationships, cultural adaptation, anxiety disorders, depression, sexual problems,
history of abuse, work related stress/career issues, relationship issues, family
problems, addictions and personal growth work.
• Offering brief and long term Psychotherapy, NLP/Hypnotherapy, Alchemical
Approaches and Family/Systemic therapy to older children, adolescents, adults
• Community consultation, linking resources and referral.
• EAP referrals and workshops
• Community seminars and workshops
• Organizing conferences, professional development seminars and training
opportunities for professionals in English in Japan.
• Assisting in the establishment of a professional organization for international
therapists in Japan. IMHPJ. VP/Conference organizer 1998,1999, 2000. President 2001 to 2003
Preceptor trainers for US naval Counselors for
Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Service at Yokosuka and