BSc Hons, Occupational Therapy, Mental health Accredited Occupational Therapist Registered OT Australia, Registered NDIS provider
Fiona emigrated to Daylesford in 2008 from the UK and fell in love with the area and its people. She has over 25 years’ experience working with clients who are experiencing mental health issues.
Prior to emigrating to Australia, Fiona worked in community and inpatient mental health facilitating group and individual work as well as supporting clients to transition back to their previous roles.
On arrival in Australia, Fiona had the privilege of running the Central Victoria branch of Very Special Kids, offering one to one support, counselling and support groups to the families of children with terminal illness and those experiencing bereavement.
Fiona worked for the Transport Accident Commission supporting clients experiencing life changing injuries to establish themselves back into their homes, previous roles and relationships.
She worked at the Department of Education and Pinarc Disability Support providing early intervention and support to families of children with a disability, supporting families to understand and enable their child to reach their full potential.
Fiona provided youth mental health counselling at Headspace in Ballarat offering one to one support to 12 to 25 year olds and their families who were experiencing mental health issues.
Fiona is excited to have the opportunity to provide services in the community she loves in her own practice. She is committed to ongoing professional development so that she is able to offer her clients the most up to date evidence-based intervention.
Fiona prides herself on working holistically, focusing on the physical, emotional and social needs of her clients. Drawing on experience she has gained from her extensive career; Fiona aims to deliver solution focused goal directed therapy. She offers a safe space to explore feelings, issues and challenges. By working together with her clients Fiona can help to devise individualised strategies aimed at reducing the impact of life’s challenges, changing thoughts and beliefs which may have been preventing people from participating more fully in their lives.
Fiona is passionate about empowering people to live the life that they chose to the fullest. She is dedicated to supporting people to achieve their goals through a strong, collaborative relationship where the client is an equal partner in the therapeutic process.
She operates from a non-judgmental, client centred, strengths-based model and is committed to guiding people to resolve past trauma, experiences and beliefs which may have prevented them from fully engaging in career, relationships and leisure pursuits.
Fiona supports clients to identify their unique experiences, strengths, and attributes which can be used to draw on to adapt unhelpful thoughts, behaviours and coping strategies. She encourages clients to devise new strategies which can be used to enable them to return to leading a balanced lifestyle. She aims to empower people to take control over their thoughts and behaviours, improve their confidence and mastery of situations to move forward and achieve their goals.