I am a GP Psychotherapist working in a suburban Brisbane general practice.
I am a founding director of Integrate Place, a trauma informed primary care mental health education, research and advocacy service. Integrate Place started life as a multidisciplinary clinic, offering mental health nurse, social work, art therapy, and music therapy, before I closed it to undertake further study doing a PhD looking at a new trauma informed relational transdisciplinary framework for mental health assessment in primary care. I have a special interest in primary care mental health assessment and caring for the mentally distressed within their community, and a fascination with how humans connect with themselves, each other and meaning.
I am a mother of 3 teenagers (including one grade 12er) and enjoy walking regularly with my friends and our dogs, quilting, storytelling and music (mostly made by my children). I grew up in Uganda, Indonesia and Kenya and came to Australia originally as a refugee from Idi Amin, as a child, so I have a special interest in those who feel alienated in our community and whose identity has been fractured.
I have spent the last 10 years working clinically as a psychotherapist of adult survivors of childhood trauma and neglect in a primary care setting and have also been an advocate in the community through theorganisation of Blue Knot Day events, participating in video training of GPs on trauma, and sitting on the Advisory Panel for Blue Knot Foundation
(formerly ASCA(Adults Surviving Childhood Abuse)).
I have been involved in teaching GP registrars and GPs for more than 10 years and have facilitated one of the longest running MHPN multidisciplinary supervision groups, presented on complex trauma for MHPN and in other medical and therapeutic settings.
I am a Fellow of the RACGP and the Australian Society of Psychological Medicine, member of the ISSTD(International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation), Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland and current Advance Queensland PhD Scholar.
MBBS UQ 1992
Grad Cert (Health Sciences – Grief and Loss) 2007
ISSTD Dissociative Disorders Psychotherapy Program International Society for Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Nov 2010 – Mar 2011