Hi, I’m Amy and as one of the partners of our practice; I welcome you to Seva House – a place of healing and serving from the heart. I started my journey of working in human services back in 2011 when I graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Psychological Science. My interest in working with marginalised people quickly grew as my passion focuses largely on social justice and dignity for all people. I completed my Master in Social Work (professional qualifying) in 2016 through the University of New England whilst balancing the demands of working and being a mum. As a proud advocate for First Nation’s people and Australian Defence Force members and veterans – I feed my keen interest in giving back to these communities through training, supervision and tutoring.
I am proud to work externally with universities such as The University of New England and Deakin University in a supervisor and tutor capacity. I hold a particular interest and passion for working with student or new graduate social workers who are at the beginning of their career and are looking for supervision and support. My professional experience extends to early intervention, child protection and mental health with a particular focus on complex trauma. I have had opportunities throughout past years to work within education; working with adolescents experiencing complex mental health, women and children with refugee and migrant status suffering from homelessness and community-based counselling and therapeutic support through government organisations in the child protection arena.
A good clinical framework is important when searching for the right clinician and I am proud to work alongside others who also share a passion for compassion-focused therapy, resource therapy , acceptance and commitment therapy and narrative therapy when working with Indigenous clients. I am accredited in radical exposure tapping and I am an Approved EMDR Practitioner and member of EMDRAA (EMDR Association of Australia) – one of the few therapies with proven results in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have also attended intensive training in areas of violence, abuse and neglect and trauma-informed practice with a focus on domestic violence, child protection and sexualised behaviours – those who have harmed and those who have been harmed.
As an approved Victim Services Counsellor through the Department of Justice NSW and an approved Medicare provider -I am able to work with individuals and families from a variety of backgrounds. I also hold experience as a co-facilitator for the Buried In Treasures group – a treatment group dedicated for individuals who acquire or hoard and am an accredited Love Bites facilitator through NAPCAN. All Seva House therapists are registered as Work and Development Order Sponsors through the NSW State Revenue Office. This scheme allows individuals who either have penalty orders/fines or restitution orders to work their debt off by coming to therapy on a regular and consistent basis.
Whilst I have worked in both Government and Non-Government sectors, I have transitioned into private practice with other accredited mental health social workers who share the same values as myself. Seva House has a special interest in working with not only complex trauma, but with individuals who would like a safe place to develop coping strategies, seek clarity and develop through personal growth.
*Artwork credited to Rebecca Rath – Artist in Hunter Valley, NSW.