Meet your therapist,
Hi, I’m Amber. I’m a psychotherapist and clinical counsellor based in Sydney, specialising in working with people who
use substances such as drugs, alcohol and nicotine,
use repetitive self-soothing behaviours, such as gambling, shopping, gaming and more,
experience disordered eating, body acceptance issues, or have a difficult relationship with food or exercise,
have complex mental health needs or have been diagnosed with psychiatric labels such as mood disorders and personality disorders,
have experienced trauma or painful life experiences.
In particular, I work with family members and loved ones who are impacted by someone else’s mental health difficulties or addictive behaviours.
I am the Director of Sydney Addictions Recovery, a specialist outpatient counselling clinic in Sydney’s
I am also the Director and Founder of Rough Patch, an affordable counselling clinic and mental health shop which utilises a unique non-profit, social enterprise model that aims to make counselling more affordable and accessible.
Experience the difference
Compassion and understanding
Therapy can often be clinical but that's not my style.
I like to learn about you and understand your experiences so I can provide you with the right tools. I aim to understand your past, present and what you want your future to look like, in order to help you live the life you want to.
You get to decide what works for you
I offer short-term, practical ideas as well as longer-term, in-depth support.
Together, I will work with you to help you decide which is the best fit for you. There's more than one way to grow, heal and change, and I can help you understand which approach is right for you.
Professional and personal experiences
Through personal experience, I know how confronting and overwhelming these situations can be. I can help you navigate the difficulties of addiction and mental health, as well as work towards growth and healing. University-level training combined with my lived experience means I understand how tough it can be, and which approaches will help.
Organisations I've worked with
Combining personal and professional experience
I started my career working in both public and private drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres across Sydney. After learning about the impacts of severe addiction in inpatient settings, I went on to work in several specialist outpatient counselling services with individuals and families impacted by substance and gambling use. During this time, I counselled individuals and family members. I developed and facilitated psychotherapeutic and psychoeducation groups. I also ran community workshops for family members, parents, young people and people leaving the justice system.
I am trained in existential group psychotherapy facilitation, a framework developed by Professor Irvin Yalom. Research has demonstrated that this style of group therapy is a highly beneficial way of creating change and developing insight and is particularly useful for people with ongoing substance use and chronic or complex mental health issues.
Before becoming a therapist, I worked in the music, film and television industries for over a decade. I have an in-depth understanding of the difficulties that come with non-traditional and high-profile jobs and I have experience supporting clients who travel frequently. I often work with high-profile clients from the creative and entertainment industries and provide specialist understanding and insight into managing addiction and mental health concerns.
Combining education, specialist training and real-life experience
In addition to my qualifications and professional experience, I have lived experience of family addiction, complex mental health issues, domestic violence and intergenerational trauma. I understand first-hand how confronting and overwhelming these situations can be and how difficult it can be to seek help. I use both my professional and lived experiences to provide services that are evidence-based and ethical while remaining compassionate and values-led.
Whether working one-on-one with clients, families or clinical supervisees; facilitating group therapy; running workshops and seminars; or consulting with organisations; I maintain a compassionate, person-centred, non-pathologising stance. I aim to consider a person’s identities, culture, race, gender, sexuality and experiences of marginalisation. I’m not a fan of therapy buzz words, but my style combines the following ideas and stances;
Family Systems Theory
Animal Assisted Therapy
Harm reduction principles
Anti-oppressive practice principles
Health At Every Size principles
Critical and Radical Social Work
Bachelor of Counselling and Human Change (Applied Psychotherapy), Jansen Newman Institute
Registered Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Member (Level 3) (#24892), Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia
Diploma: Assessment and Treatment of Problem Gambling, Centre for Community Welfare
Certificate: Group Psychotherapy Leadership and Facilitation, Australian Institute of Counselling in Addictions
Certificate: Animal Assisted Therapy
Certificate: ASIST Suicide Intervention
Member: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs
Member: Harm Reduction Australia
Member: International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Australia
Member: Health At Every Size (HAES) Australia
Member: Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association