Romy is a qualified clinical and developmental psychologist (registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency and a member of the Australian Psychological Society). Romy began her career as a Clinical Social Worker working mainly in the field of psychiatry and chronic illness for many years.
Romy went on to study psychology and obtained a Masters degree internationally, cum laude. She has developed a significant private practice over the past 18 years, focusing her energy on work with adolescents, adults, and couples with a range of concerns.
Romy has worked in a clinical capacity in the corporate sector providing telephonic and face to face on-site therapy and crisis intervention. For 13 years, as an associate to an employee assistance service provider Romy ran an all-night (after hours) employee trauma line to an elite international corporate bank. She also provided extensive on-site and off-site therapy for employees struggling with work/life balance, those experiencing trauma (current situation or related to childhood), depression, relationships, substance abuse, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, bullying in the work place, pre-retirement and post-retirement, and all other work-related issues. Romy holds a certificate in executive coaching and has a thorough understanding of the corporate world, having worked in many different industries and organizations.
She uses a multipronged approach and strives to create a non-judgemental warm and interactive environment in which she and her patients can grapple with their issues together. It is a pragmatic approach and she treats every person as a unique individual. She employs CBT to aid the patient in focusing on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems as well as changing unhelpful patterns in their thoughts, behaviours, and emotional regulation. She utilises components of DBT (Dialectical behaviour therapy) to aid the person in finding more adaptive ways to cope with difficulties and to find ways that are less self-destructive to self-soothe. She uses components of psychodynamic psychotherapy, which relies on the interpersonal relationship between client and therapist.
To come for therapy is a very important decision. Whether you are seeking therapy in the spirit of exploration, because of curiosity about yourself or your relationship, or because something in your life is not working, or causing you undue anxiety or depression, therapy aims to provide a confidential space in which any area of your life can be thought about. Romy’s practice focuses on providing therapy for stress, anxiety and depression, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive issues, physical, sexual or emotional abuse, loneliness or isolation, nightmares or disturbing dreams, traumatic events, anger management, grief, loss or bereavement, chronic Illness, major transitions (retrenchment, the end of a relationship, mid-life crisis), sexual problems or concerns, gender concerns, self-destructive or self-harming behaviour (cutting), eating disorders and body image disturbance and all work-related issues.
Helen is a registered Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has more than 30 year’s experience in organisations and educational settings, where her focus has been on, coaching, counselling, and assessment to assist with career transition and progression, work-related stress, and leadership development. She understands the significance of work and the importance of achieving a sustainable work/life balance. People have been sought her assistance to develop their ability to resolve conflict at work and in personal relationships, manage stress, overcome grief and deal with life transitions.
Helen has developed a broad range of skills over the years that are drawn from Humanistic Psychology. She works with clients to explore feelings, values, and beliefs that underpin behaviour in order to create insights and awareness. In the supportive relationship that develops, clients are able to make changes and choices so that life is more enjoyable and rewarding. This approach is useful for people who are seeking personal growth, well-being, and a way to fulfil their potential.