The practice of psychoanalysis for Sarah is to open a space for patients to bring out more of their truth; usually this is a stumbling process with moments of surprising certainty.
Sarah is present to the patient’s transference: the emergence of the patient’s own style of being with another person and asking something of another person.
She holds an attitude of not-knowing that fosters the experience of something different and unique.
Although diagnosis is not always essential to Sarah’s practice, she has worked extensively with people experiencing anxiety, depression, psychosis, personality disorders, addictions and the effects of trauma.
- Graduate Diploma of Analytic Psychotherapy
- Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies
- Advanced Diploma of Psychotherapy
- BA Hon, English and Comparative Literature
Sarah graduated from The Churchill Clinic with an Advanced Diploma of Psychotherapy in 2003, and a Graduate Diploma of Analytic Psychotherapy in 2009.
Since 1999 she has been in private practice, at first a trainee practice, working with adults, adolescents, couples and groups, and after 2008 providing clinical supervision. She has also worked for organisations in the areas trauma, addiction, suicide prevention and bereavement.
In 2009 in Perth, as the Director of Psychotherapy Consultancy, Sarah established and supervised Community Programs, a clinic that provided low-cost, long-term psychotherapy for people experiencing disadvantage. Community Programs is currently run by Psychoanalytic/dynamic Practitioners of Perth (PdPP).
The Freudian School of Melbourne is where Sarah undertook her formation in psychoanalysis, becoming a psychoanalyst in 2013.
For over 20 years Sarah has been involved in education, training or professional development. She lectured and tutored on psychoanalytic theory at Murdoch University and presented seminars for training candidates at The Churchill Clinic and at Psychotherapy Consultancy.
From 2001 Sarah presented professional development programs, initially with Mental Health Recovery Workers, and afterwards also for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers and psychoanalysts.
Sarah’s first programs addressed the functions that delusions and hearing voices might perform for people who are experiencing them; and the challenges provided by inhabiting a body and by body-image.
Sarah was Director of Training for The Churchill Clinic Inc in 2008 and for Psychotherapy Consultancy from 2009 to 2014.