Jess is a Provisional Psychologist with availability for Adults, Children and adolescents.
Reminiscent of most journeys, my path to psychological practice was far from linear. While my interest in human behaviour and emotion began very young, it wasn’t until I started seeing the world and interacting with different people/ places/ cultures, that the diversity of humankind and experience sparked a true sense of wonderment. Now, after traveling to almost 30+ countries, cycling 3 third-world countries, and journeying through areas of our planet that had never seen or had access to western culture, I can truly say that some of my greatest teachers have not been those that have stood at the front of lecture halls; but instead, those who have allowed me into their world, honoured me with their time, and gifted me the privilege of insight into an experience of ‘life’ that is vastly different from my own. It was here, in some of the most barren villages of India, or in the jungle regions of Asia, that my yearning for a deeper understanding of psychological science was inspired.
Entering academia as a mature aged student (early 30’s), I have spent almost 10 years learning and developing my practice. I feel very aligned with humanistic theory, believing in and acknowledging the uniqueness of each individual, and conducting my practice in a way that is person-centred, with respect for each person’s expertise regarding their own life and internal experience. It is very important to me that my clients feel welcomed, free from judgement, seen and heard; and that the work we do together feels collaborative and meaningful.
“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it” – Maya Angelou