Erica is a registered psychologist with a master’s degree in counselling psychology. She has also been a naturopath for over 20 years and believes in the power of nutrition and food to help mental health. She uses a holistic and integrative approach to therapy including Nutritional Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Erica has a strong focus on working with trauma and uses Eye Movement Desensitisation Repatterning (EMDR) to help resolve past trauma, so people can get on with living in the present in a more motivated and peaceful way.
Eye Movement Desensitisation Repatterning (EMDR) At the heart of EMDR theory is the idea that we all have an innate information processing system. Unfortunately under the exposure to negative, distressing traumatic life experiences normal memory processing breaks down. And when this happens our memories can become the foundation of pathology, dysfunction and suffering. Through EMDR we can deactivate the intense experiences of our past, which can open us to new potentials in our lives. Research shows that EMDR can successfully be used for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and can also be used for pain management and the shock and trauma associated with accidents.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) & Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) MBCT incorporates mindfulness/relaxation practices as well as restructuring the negative self-sabotaging thoughts which can control us. Acceptance Commitment Therapy involves practicing being present and in the moment, especially when experiencing strong emotions. Using these techniques, Erica can help you achieve better relationships with yourself and other important people in your life. This is possible through self acceptance and letting go of the past. Specifically, healing past insecure attachments and childhood issues. As a caring empathic practitioner, Erica uses a collaborative approach and ensures that progress is consistent. She helps clients achieve better relationships with themselves and other important people in their lives.
Hypnotherapy For clients wanting to improve any aspect of their health, combining clinical nutrition with NLP, Time Line Therapy™ techniques and Hypnotherapy will assist you to produce excellent results. Erica’s approach to natural medicine is to treat both the mind and the body trying to reduce inflammatory pathways that contribute to both mental and physical disease. Erica combines, transformational, leading edge techniques of NLP, Time Line Therapy™ techniques and Hypnotherapy, to empower her clients to achieve exceptional results. These techniques are very safe and very comfortable for the client, work very quickly and provide long-term results. NLP can assist you to free yourself from your fears, self-doubts, past hurts and to stop the unwanted patterns and habits in your life so that you can create a great relationship, and a fulfilling career. Erica can assist you to obtain clarity on your direction and life purpose, values and goals and help you to develop strategies to more quickly achieve your goals, dreams and heart’s desires. Gut directed hypnotherapy can also be used to help with the symptoms of IBS.
Naturopathy Erica has been a practicing Naturopath in Melbourne for twenty years, working foremost with nutritional therapies to improve and reduce inflammatory pathways that contribute to both physical disease and mental health issues as mentioned above. Clinical nutrition is aimed at dealing with the underlying issues affecting the lymphatic, immune, respiratory and digestive systems, including coeliac, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, wheat and gluten intolerance, weight problems, other related health conditions and emotional issues. Once the underlying issues are addressed, the focus is on educating you in healthy eating, a positive attitude towards food and behaviours that are supportive of optimal health and longevity. By treating the physical body, emotional distress improves and vice versa, by resolving emotional issues, physical ailments improve. Special Interests Anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions, self-esteem, stress and coping in the workplace, adolescence and exam preparation. Please note naturopathy appointments and psychology appointments will be separated. Medicare rebates available if you have a Mental Heath Care Plan from your GP.