Psychotherapist and Provisionally Registered Psychologist at ACEFT Spring Hill
BBehSc (Psychology), GDPsych (Advanced), MMH (Family Therapy)
Stuart provides a warm and empathic experience to counselling and therapy and invites the individuals and couples he works with to resolve and work through difficulties and barriers in new ways. Stuart works with clients to explore future possibilities and navigate problems and distress that have prevented them from enjoying more meaningful and satisfying lives. When working with clients, Stuart is engaging and non-judgemental in his approach that enables family members, couples, and individuals to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, build on strengths, and make helpful changes to their lives.
Stuart is a Clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and a Clinical Family Therapist with the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT). Stuart is also registered as a Provisional Psychologist with AHRPA. He specialises in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families to help heal relationships and resolve difficulties and mental health problems. Stuart has a particular interest in supporting blended families as well as couples who have immigrated to Australia, having experienced these transitions in life himself.
Stuart believes that relationships play a critical often undervalued role in our lives, as we are hardwired for relationships both to other people and the contexts in which we live. When we feel that relationships do not meet our needs, we can lose confidence and our sense of comfort about ourselves. This can lead to intense thoughts and emotions that can be unhelpful and influence us in
negative ways and lead to symptoms that often have labels such as depression, anxiety, and behavioural problems.
Stuart tailors each counselling session to support the unique needs of each individual, couple, and family that he works with. He uses a range of different evidence-based therapeutic techniques, including Trauma-Informed Counselling, Emotionally Focussed Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Family Therapy. Some of the area’s that Stuart can help with are:
- Couple relationship difficulties
- Child, adolescent and adult behaviour difficulties
- Child and adolescent emotional and mental wellbeing issues
- Adult emotional and mental wellbeing issues
- Parenting issues and family transitions
- Illness, grief and loss, and disability
- Separation, divorce and step-family life
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- The effects of trauma
- Difficulties related to ageing and other life cycle changes.