Sometimes, life doesn’t go the way we plan!  Do you feel stuck?  Are things from the past getting in the way of the present? Are you struggling with the loss of a loved one?

Working with individuals, Nerida integrates a solution focused and proactive approach empowering her clients to work through their life challenges positively.

Counselling and Psychotherapy can help you transform your life emerging from therapy feeling stronger, empowered and more self-aware.  Counselling focuses on enhancing people’s capacity to cope with specific life challenges whilst Psychotherapy focuses on achieving change to break destructive habits or patterns.  Often people notice that the nature of their personal difficulties are repetitive; similar issues arise time and time again in different contexts and relationships.

Nerida has extensive experience with evidence-based Schema Therapy which empowers people to change long-standing patterns or themes in thinking, feeling and behaving. As a Schema Therapist, Nerida works with her clients to address these deeper patterns or themes, also known as “lifetraps”.

Counselling and Psychotherapy can help you with:

  • Addictions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Career struggles
  • Chronic illness and pain
  • Depression
  • Distress tolerance skills
  • Family crisis
  • Grief and loss
  • Improved emotion regulation
  • Improving communication skills
  • Increased interpersonal effectiveness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Mood regulation
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Nerida is an addiction specialist with over 30 years of experience.

Nerida, as a Trauma Therapist understands how important it is for her clients to learn how to regulate their emotions, learn skills to ground themselves and live mindfully in phase one trauma recovery. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is what she teaches her clients at this stage of recovery from Trauma history.  Nerida incorporates Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) in her with  work with Trauma survivors. Read below for more information:

"Live a life worth living"

Nerida is an Addiction Specialist with over 30 years of experience working with men and women in recovery from addictions such as drugs, alcohol, gambling etc.  She has a passion to assist her clients to maintain abstinence and live a life they did not believe possible.

There are many reasons why people become addicted. People with anxiety, mood, personality disorders or other mental health problems are particularly vulnerable to becoming dependent on substance use or other forms of compulsive behaviors. For example, people find that drinking alcohol or taking drugs helps them initially to alleviate stress or emotional pain. However, doing so often worsens their life circumstances and mental health conditions. Ambivalence about own addiction and treatment is very common so working with a compassionate therapist can help make that shift and increase motivation.

Nerida respects the wide range of experiences that patients who seek treatment may have. Some may have just come from a rehabilitation program. Many patients may have been considering addressing the need for treatment and are taking a tentative first step. Others may be in the middle of a difficult relapse. Her commitment is to work with each client at their own pace in a non-judgmental, compassionate and confidential environment.

Nerida specialises in mood regulation, assisting her clients to learn to self-regulate.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is particularly effective for those requiring distress tolerance skills, improved emotion regulation and increased interpersonal effectiveness. Research demonstrates DBT is an effective approach to assist an individual to “Live a Life Worth Living”.

Nerida can help her clients acquire emotion regulation skills that become the foundation for new behaviours.  Her speciality is to work with people whose emotion dysregulation is creating major impediments in sustaining relationships, employment or engaging in education.

Nerida facilitates a DBT skills group weekly and is an advocate for DBT having witnessed first-hand the effectiveness of the skills. Nerida has studied at the Australia DBT Institute and understands the value of having a DBT therapist for individual work to compliment attendance at weekly group sessions.

DBT is a highly effective, researched, internationally recognised treatment for people with significant emotional and relationship difficulties.

Who would find DBT helpful?
Research evidence confirms that individuals with emotions that feel overwhelming and at times uncontrollable, people who find themselves doing impulsive things, or those who feel chaotic and have a feeling of not knowing who they are, all benefit greatly from DBT. Individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, people with self-harm and suicidal behaviours, as well as other psychiatric conditions such as clinical depression, those suffering anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders and substance abuse issues also benefit significantly from this treatment.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an effective therapy used for Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other traumatic events.  EMDR therapy is a recognised psychotherapy approach with a focus on resolving unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts or behaviours allowing the brain to resume to it’s natural healing process.

This therapy is effective for those who struggle to talk about their past experiences and can be tailored to process past events and resolve related psychological condition/s.

Learn more

For more information or to book an appointment phone Nerida on 0408 024 308 or complete the form below.

Emergency Contacts

If you are in Sydney, in an emergency situation or you urgently need support please call the following numbers:

13 11 14
(24 hours / 7 days a week)

Salvo Care Line
(02) 9331 6000

Central Sydney Mental Health Crisis Team
1800 636 825

Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention
1300 363 622

Mensline Australia
1300 789 978

1300 224 636
(24 hours / 7 days a week)