My name is Johnny (he/they). I am a qualified Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner. CAT is a mode of psychotherapy that looks at the way people think, feel and act, and the events and relationships that underlie these experiences. Through training in this therapy modality, I have come to help my clients make links between how past relationships with others (and systems) have impacted the way they relate to their sense of self.
In addition to CAT, I have has trained in:
I offer something different to standardised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) alone and can tailor the above therapies to suit an individual’s needs. I believe each relationship between myself and my clients is unique and I hold great value to practicing in a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive and sex positive way.
I have been grateful and privileged to learn so much from my clients over the years; I am now very experienced in working with survivors of trauma, grief and loss, alcohol and substance problems, various forms of self-harm and relationship difficulties.
An Accredited Clinical and Mental Health Social Worker, I have worked in public and private psychiatric hospital settings for over 21 years. This experience means I have also developed astute assessment skills and knowledge in identifying and treating a broad range of mental health issues, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, personality, psychotic and bipolar spectrum and eating disorders. I have worked in private practice since 2012, initially part time and now full time.
Enthused by relational group psychotherapy, I also run Sydney's first Schema Therapy Group Program with Clinical Psychologist colleague Dr Catherine McCarthy.
Having grown up in Scotland, moving to Australia in 2008 and being a member of LGBTQIA+ community, I am attuned from personal experience to how it can feel to be considered ‘different’. I understand how hard it can be to talk about traumatic experiences and I strive to bring warmth, partnership, acceptance and compassion to all my work.
'I cannot speak more highly of Johnny or his approaches to therapy. Johnny is one hundred percent genuine, personable and professional. He goes above and beyond to be available for his clients and I look forward to sharing in our sessions each week. I have particularly found benefit in our recent EMDR sessions which focus on reframing current beliefs about myself due to trauma. I feel that Johnny sincerely cares and wants the absolute best for his clients. I have seen a number of therapists in the past and am so grateful to have found Johnny.'
Clinical coordinator at headspace National Office: part of leadership team creating headspace, Australia’s first online youth mental health services
Senior Clinician at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Young Adult Unit, Uspace, facilitating group psychotherapy helping participants develop knowledge and skills to guide their recovery journey.
Writer for UTS Masters in Mental Health Nursing
Clinical supervision, group, systems and policy consultations to various organisations, including:
National Institute of Dramatic Art
Twenty10 inc. GLCS NSW
Girls Rock! Australia
Black Dog Institute
Expert panel member and advisory capacity on various podcasts and media productions in New South Wales, Victoria and Nationally.
Community Psychiatric Acute and Crisis Teams since 2003
Acute inpatient hospital settings since 1999
Refugee Centre, Antwerp Belgium, 1998
areas of interest
I am interested in working LGBTQIA+ people, young people, survivors of trauma, people experiencing relationship difficulties, people wanting to learn more about who they are, people who use addictive behaviours as a way of managing, including drugs, alcohol, self-harm eating disordered behaviours and thoughts of suicide.
Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner (ICATA): 2 year post-graduate psychotherapy training
Diploma in Social Work (Attained in 2000)
BAppSC (Hons, Social Studies)
Accredited Clinical Social Worker (AASW)
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AASW)
Phone or text Johnny 0426 897 049