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 people quickly grew as my passion focuses largely on social justice and dignity for all people. I completed my Master in Social Work in 2016 through the University of New England whilst balancing the demands of working and being a mum.

I am proud to have worked externally with universities in a Field Educator (with Social Work students on placement) and tutor capacity (with the Indigenous Network at Deakin University). I hold a particular interest and passion for working with emerging and experienced EMDR therapists looking for consultation and support  and Mental Health Professionals interested in honing their skills and expertise.

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, community-based counselling and therapeutic support through government organisations such as NSW Health in the child protection arena.

A good clinical framework is important when searching for the right clinician and I am privileged to work within a team who are passionate about further training, always committed to learning and growing. A part of my journey of learning has included being trained in Radical Exposure Tapping (Level 1 – De-activating The Buttons), Clinical Resource Therapy (Advanced Ego States/Parts Work – as a Clinical Resource Therapist and Trainer), Somatic-based Approaches; drawing from the Polyvagal Theory and understanding the nervous system. I am also an Accredited EMDR Consultant and member of EMDRAA (EMDR Association of Australia) – a strong treatment modality when treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder according to the World Health Organisation. I have also attended extensive training in areas of violence, abuse and neglect and trauma-informed practice with a focus on domestic violence, child protection and problematic sexualised behaviours – working those who have harmed and those who have been harmed.

As an approved Specialist Victim Services Counsellor (Tier 2) 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. 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 Mental Health Professionals 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. We acknowledge that it takes tremendous courage to seek professional help and I hope to support you from a place of gentleness, compassion and respect.

In my spare time, I love spending time with family and friends, heading to the beach, having my head in a book or attempting to control my pet bulldogs (who like to come and visit clients from time-to-time and when they are on their best behaviour!).

If you are interested in finding out more about opportunities for clinical supervision or consultation with me, please click here.

*Artwork credited to Rebecca Rath – Artist in Hunter Valley, NSW.