About Nicolette

Nicolette began her working life as a high school mathematics teacher. As she grew increasingly aware of the emotional needs of some of the students in her classes, she began her study of psychology. She soon moved entirely into the field of psychology – working in schools and community settings with children, adults and families.

Nicolette currently helps and supports individuals and families who are experiencing:

  • High levels of stress and or burnout
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Issues relating to self-development and direction in life
  • Difficulties regulating emotions such as anger or fear
  • Post-trauma reactions and stress disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Life transitions and adjustment issues
  • Cross-cultural issues and or issues relating to migration
  • Ministry related issues
  • Anxiety and related conditions
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Eating disorders and or issues relating to food and weight

Over the years, Nicolette has been committed to developing her therapeutic skills in a number of counseling models to assist the people she meets with. Therapeutic models she has completed advanced training in and regularly uses in her practice are:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Play Therapy and Symbol Work
  • Solutions Focused Brief Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy

Nicolette meets with people from a diverse range of spiritual backgrounds and faith practices. As a Christian herself, Nicolette meets with Christians who are seeking to integrate their faith into the resolution of issues such as the ones mentioned above.

Nicolette also:

  • Facilitates individual and group supervision for counselors and psychologists
  • Speaks at churches on issues relating to mental health and self-care

Nicolette has also:

  • Developed and taught pastoral care courses at tertiary colleges
  • Presented at the Australian Psychological Society’s Christianity and Psychology Interest Groups National Conference
  • Presented at the Christian Counselors Association National Conference

Nicolette was born in Sri Lanka, after spending her childhood there she migrated to Australia with her family as a teenager. This has deeply influenced her value of being able to give back to communities that are under-resourced especially in the area of mental health. Recently, Nicolette joined a group of health professionals and volunteered her time conducting mental health training for health workers from the Karen Health Department in Myanmar. She has also volunteered her time in Sri Lanka to support and train local counselors, teachers and community leaders. She plans to continue to give her skills, knowledge and time to support mental health work in developing countries.