Before joining Mindful Psychology, Tracy trained at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital and Tara Psychiatric Hospital. She worked with severe pathology and substance abuse patients and gained experience working with adults, adolescents and children as well as parents and family systems. She enjoys group work with adolescents and facilitating parent workshops. Tracy also has corporate experience and is therefore able to work with people who are experiencing challenges in the work place, and can take on a more executive approach.
As a psychologist, she works from a mature hopeful frame. This means that she strives to be realistically optimistic during the therapeutic process, holding in mind both limitations and areas for growth. Her natural tendency is to explore strengths and resilience when faced with challenges and adversity.
Other interesting information about Tracy…
Tracy’s honours thesis titled “An exploration of brain adaption as a result of impairment with a specific focus on congenital blindness” was as presented at The Jerusalem International Conference on “Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Modifiability” from the 2nd to 5th June 2013 by her supervisor – Professor Alban Burke. This study supported the ongoing research on brain plasticity and is something she feels passionate about.
Work with Tracy…
Therapy for me is a respectful and sacred process. A safe place to take off masks, to explore defences, to consider what has happened in the past and how this is affecting current functioning. During the therapeutic process I consider relationships, experiences, thinking patterns and behaviour in a non-judgmental way. I always have my existential cap on and explore opportunities to create meaning from the challenges experienced. I also encourage light moments, as I believes psychology and humor work well together.
I understand that in life we all go through storms, and even what may seem like tsunamis. There are pasts to overcome, hurts to heal from and debilitating personal challenges. However, I also believe that the story does not need to end there. The increasing studies supporting brain plasticity and my understanding of the profound human ability to heal from the most adverse experiences guides all that I do.
“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength” Sigmund Freud