Passion: Dr. T’s passion is the nurturance of children. She has worked for decades as teacher, clinician and researcher. Her commitment is to supporting parents during the early years so that the potential and capacity of children is protected and can blossom fully. Dr. T knows that when parents are assisted to nourish their children what can be achieved is usually beyond what people hope for and far easier than they expect. Damaged parents don’t always realize they can still raise children transformatively and this knowledge alone can strengthen and empower. Dr. T focuses on the nurturance and protection of children and the prevention of unnecessary human suffering. How we treat children determines what the next generation can achieve and the rate of human evolution. It is therefore our most important legacy.
Professional Background: Dr. T is a psychologist with a Master and a Doctorate in Psychology. She runs a Private Clinic and has diverse experience as an academic, researcher and clinician. She has completed more than 50 public presentations, supervised 30 research projects and implemented innovative programs across the fields of early intervention, schools, primary prevention and refugee and migrant health. Research has included early child development, trauma recovery, empowerment and the leadership of migrant women. Dr. T has conducted industry and social profiling at national, state and local levels. She has taught in the fields of Public Health, Psychology, Counseling, Medicine, Biomedical Science and Behavioral Science and holds numerous teaching awards. This diverse background is a source that informs her clinical work, training and practice.
Global Priorities: With the challenges we face today the most important thing we can do is nurture the next generation in new powerful ways. Children raised transformatively can conceptualize solutions that older humans, with more negative experiences and damaged neural pathways, are unable to conceive. Adults prioritize short term expenditure on dead objects such as buildings or roads but, should we ever choose to prioritize the nurturance of children, it would be the most productive investment humans have ever made.
Skills: As a Psychologist Dr. T has worked with the range of human issues: from anxiety, depression, self-harm and trauma recovery to fostering empowerment, motivation and confidence. She has learned that people are helped best by information that builds upon, and makes sense of, their lives. This information has to be clear and understandable. Parents are often flooded with information without any way of knowing what information is helpful or harmful. Restoration of confidence and power as a parent helps them be able to choose for themselves what information is trustworthy and to create strong, healthy lives for themselves and their children. Working across the domains of research, academics and therapy has given Dr. T insight into several worlds of knowledge. Her aim is to translate this knowledge so it can be useful to parents in many situations and helpful to them in everyday life.
Personal Background: “I was the first person in my family, on either side, to ever go to University and the first to ever receive a degree. I have four degrees and a Clinical Diploma. This was not done in ease and comfort. I raised my children as a lone Mother while completing my Postgraduate degrees and working. I had little social support. At the time my marriage was breaking down I desperately wanted it to continue. My children were 2 and 6. I had to borrow a thousand dollars to move because I had no money for food or rent. My children grew up in rental properties where we regularly dealt with cockroaches, rising damp and hostile Property Managers. We survived with little money for extravagances, a lot of hard work and thrift store shopping! So, while my situation has improved vastly, I understand what it is like to struggle to nourish children well when you threatened, hassled and challenged. I also know how important it is to be empowered to enjoy your children and be an effective Mother in all life situations, not just those that are ideal. This site includes some of the things that I wish someone would have told me, things that would have helped, encouraged and supported me along the way.
My children are now healthy strong adults who are good and powerful in their own right. They are people whose companionship I love, whose judgment I respect, and of whom I am proud. My message to you is one of hope. There are ways to make life your work, to nurture your children and to have a great time along the way! I look forward to nourishing you on this journey and thank you for trusting me with your hopes and dreams for you and your precious children.”