Kate is a clinical social worker and a certified neuropsychotherapy practitioner. She has over 20 years’ experience working with adolescents, young people and adults who have experienced the broad impacts of trauma and mental illness. She has worked extensively in public health, community and private clinical settings, and is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with Medicare.
She works with adults and young people who have experienced:
- Childhood and adolescent developmental/attachment trauma;
- Sexual abuse and sexual assault;
- Domestic and family violence;
- Grief and loss;
- Mental health difficulties;
- Parenting as a survivor of trauma;
- Workplace oriented vicarious trauma and burnout.
Kate is passionate about working with her clients to facilitate recovery and healing from the effects of trauma and adversity in their many forms. She works in partnership with her clients, and tailors the therapeutic process to the needs of the individual. She works from a variety of clinical treatment modalities including (but not limited to): Trauma-Informed Stabilisation Model, Internal Family Systems Model, and Attachment Focussed Therapy. She has obtained training and professional development in these therapeutic models.
Kate began her career working in mental health clinical settings with individuals and groups who had experienced significant impacts of trauma, mental illness and substance abuse.
Over the course of many years, her interest in working with teenagers and adults who had experienced trauma emerged. Kate then developed specialist skills, knowledge and experience in working with individuals who had experienced recent sexual assault and/or earlier life sexual, emotional and physical abuse, via counselling and management of a trauma-specific NSW health service.
She later gained invaluable knowledge and experience working as a senior counsellor for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Kate views her clients as the experts in their own lives, and works from a strengths perspective. She enjoys working in partnership with her clients to transform the legacies of their current or past life experiences.
Kate provides consultation and training for legal, health and non-government organisations regarding vicarious trauma, Trauma-Informed Care and staff wellbeing.
She also provides clinical supervision for clinicians and teams working in direct and indirect trauma services.
- Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
- International Association of Clinical Neuropsychotherapy (IACN)