Geoffrey has completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science in 1997, and has worked as a research assistance and university tutor until completing his Honors year in 2014. In the last 15 years, he has worked as support worker and mental health clinician in different organizations such as Aftercare, Wesley Mission and private clinics.
He has excellent skills in crisis management, self-harm prevention, and helping families with multiple presentations. During his work, he has gained a wonderful range of experience, from doing play therapy with younger children, to providing short-term ACT and CBT interventions within a primary school, to moderate severity clients identified as low SES and in target categories (e.g., indigenous, domestic violence, at risk of homelessness, LGBTIQ+, and children under 12 years), NDIS clients, and working with older people both in the community and in supported living. He believes 「I always strive above and beyond to provide each client with a customized and evidence-based approach to suit their presentation. I always consider their family systems, social connectivity, cultural influences, functional capacity, and where relevant their LGBTIQ identity. My experience in crisis support and working with individuals in acute and chronic stages of mental illness with complex and challenging issues has provided me with excellent risk assessment and crisis/distress management skills. I work equally well to collaborate with schools, parents and other family members, other professionals and referrers, to improve outcomes.」
He welcomes working with individual of a wide age range and families.
This is what he says about himself:
“My journey before becoming a psychologist started as a scientist working in a psychiatric hospital, and at the Qld Centre for Schizophrenia Research where I received an award for my research. Then I worked at the Qld Institute of Medical Research where I worked on a study aiming to identify the genes for intelligence. After this, experienced a shift in my interest and work direction towards humanistic approaches and therefore I started working at Lifeline while studying psychology. Since then I have worked in a community managed mental health service, and not for profit organisation. This provided me with invaluable experiences in working with severe and complex mental health issues and people of all ages. My strengths in psychology come from the wide range of experiences I have grained while working across the lifespan, meeting many different challenges, and relying on my intuitive understanding of psychology.
I work from a client centred approach where the relationship is the most important part of therapy. With regard to interventions and therapy style I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as the foundation of my work, while integrating strategies and techniques from a variety of other therapeutic styles such as CBT. In short, I make the therapy fit the person, and aim to use what works for each individual. I have had some training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), ACT- based group therapy, and working with individuals who have a personality vulnerability such as Borderline Personality Disorder, and I am constantly expanding on my professional development. Additionally, I am trained and experienced in treating adults and children who have experienced trauma. I have recently completed extra training to do ACT therapy with Adolescents, and I am also expanding my repertoire of skills for relationship therapy.
Self care is a very important part of my life and I can genuinely say that I “practice what I preach”. I enjoy keeping fit and healthy by exercising and having a balanced lifestyle which includes hobbies, although I also enjoy relaxing too. I also love spending time with my family, which includes my dog and cat.”