Byron Psychology


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 dana@byronpsychology.com

 

 Sessions Include

 

 

Ø       Initial Phone assessment/application.

 

Ø       Exclusive customised, professional sessions

 

 

Ø       Cutting edge tools selected and tailored to quickly and easily resolve the problem

 

Ø       Personally tailored at-home/work assignments (proven to deepen the learning process)

 

 

Ø       Couple/Family and/or Individual sessions as required ( Dana is a fully trained systems therapists as well)

 

Ø       Interface of each person’s Personal Psychology and their family/ relationship, social, health, finance, career/business and happiness all assessed and attended to

 

 

Ø       Telephone/email support between sessions as needed

 

 

Ø       Unique “No Like- No Pay” Guarantee- In the unlikely event that  you aren’t totally satisfied with the service

 

*Limited number of spaces available

For out of town or international clients- phone/e-sessions are available.

 

Retreats – “The Byron Process”

Speed Transformation –Business

 

Retreat 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.

 

Accommodation and other therapeutic activities such as massage, yoga/pilates and meditations all available on request.   

 

Also available

Speed Transformation- Personal

Speed Transformation- Relationship

 

 

Prem 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 meaning.

 

For more 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 originated the “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 needs.

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 Psychologist?

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 by coursework, 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.

Services Offered

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.

Individual Therapy


Sessions can focus on a range of problem specific areas such as:

Stress
Low Self-Esteem
Anxiety Disorders, Panic Attacks - Diaphragmatic Breathing, What is a Panic Attack?
Depression - Recommended book - Feeling Good by David Burns.
Anger Management
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 C. Northrup.
Psychosomatic/Physical Problems - Recommended book: The 20 Minute Break: Using the New Science of Ultradian Rhythms E Rossi PhD.
Cross-Cultural Issues - in the work place, in your marriage or in general.
Biracial, Multiracial Issues. Recommended book: What Are You? Voices of Mixed Race Young People Pearl Fuyo Gaskins.
Relationship Issues – relationship problems, separation/divorce, infidelity. Recommended book: After the Affair Janis Abrahams Spring PhD.
Sexual Problems or Issues - problems with sexual desire, sexual addictions.
Men’s Issues - Anger management, relationships, male survivor. Recommended Book: Victims No Longer Mike Lew.
Family of Origin Issues – dysfunctional families, children of alcoholics.
Codependence - Recommended books: Healing the Shame that Binds You John Bradshaw. Facing Codependence by Pia Mellody.
Career and Work Related Stress, Life Choices – career and life direction
Psychiatric History - Bipolar Disorder. Recommended book: New Hope for People with Bipolar Depression by F. Fawcett , B. Golden and N. Rosenfield.
Personal Growth Work
Prem Dana Takada is a fully trained Family Therapist (Victorian Association of Family Therapists, Clinical Member since 1990).

Marital/Couple Therapy

Communication/Trust 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.

Available 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.

Family 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.

Child 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 daughters).

Group Work

Prem Dana has led groups in Australia, England, India and Japan since 1885.

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 Constellation Workshops.

Organizational Consultation

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. Emotional Intelligence,

Individual and Couple Therapy also available as an EAP service.
Prem Dana Takada is fully trained in Systemic Approaches to change.

Also mediation 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 USA.

Telephone/E-Consultation
 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.

Approach
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.


Long 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.

Alchemical 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.

Techniques
. 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.


What is your personal theory of therapy?
Interview - Prem Dana Takada MPsych.
Questions by Fran Ridgel (HS Counselor at ASIJ-Japan)


What 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.

Do 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.

How 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.

What 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.

How 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.

What 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.

What 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.

What 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.

What 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 and creatively.

And 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

Research Thesis

Undergraduate B.B.Sc. (Hons.) Ist Class

Year 3 Minor Thesis:
"Scheduled Induced Self Injection of Heroin in Rats: The blocking effects of Naloxone" Supervisor. Pr. G. Singer. Published.

Year 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.”

Postgraduate. 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.

Professional Experience

1. 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

2. 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.
Included:
• Vocational/educational/intellectual assessment of children and adolescents.
• Psychometric testing /projective testing/psychological assessment of adults
• 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,

3. 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 risk.
• Psycho-educational groups for people with psychiatric disorders, social skills training.
• Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

4. Clinical 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
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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, 24hrs/7days/week.
• Psychological assessment and therapy. Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Ericksonian Therapy, Strategic Therapy.
• Consultant and trainer for psychiatric team members on various brief therapy approaches.

6. 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

7. Principal Clinical Psychologist West London Health Care Trust, NHS. Ealing, United Kingdom F/T Oct 1991-Feb 1994.

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.

8. Session Worker (Volunteer) School of Mysticism; Center for Transformation, Pune, India. April 1994-March 1995
Volunteer at a personal development and mediation center in India.

9. Teacher ESL Grandom Academy, Tokyo, Japan. July 1995-June 1997

10. 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 and couples.
• 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 Sasebo 2004-2007