Samantha is a registered psychologist with a background in community psychology, leadership and organizational development. Samantha has worked with communities and young people around the world to overcome disadvantage and hardship. Locally, Samantha has held a number of public and private sector roles, including the Executive Officer of Youth Services following the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires. Experiences in humanitarian settings reinforce Samantha’s understanding of trauma, grief and loss, performance in high-pressure environments, and the role stress plays in peoples’ lives. Her work and research promoting survivor-driven resilience and capacity building initiatives post-conflict and disaster has been published and presented in Australia, Asia, Uganda, South Africa and the UK. Working with communities, Samantha realized that without inner transformation there is no outer transformation. This renewed her commitment to private practice – to support individuals with the awareness and skills to establish more harmonious relationships with themselves and their environments. Samantha believes every person is unique, applying a person-centred and integrated approach. She works collaboratively with clients, creating space for people to understand, embrace and fulfil their intentions. Samantha practices Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Schema Therapy, Trauma-informed care, Solution Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology and relaxation strategies. She is a regular practitioner of meditation, yoga and mindfulness. Samantha has an interest working with people during times of transition or change, relationships, trauma and professionals navigating their personal and professional wellbeing.
Samantha works at our Richmond location.