Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AASW)
Peter is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and has been an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker since 2014.
For the past 20 years, Peter has worked in the child adolescent mental health service, sexual assault, domestic violence, palliative care, oncology, chronic pain, and homelessness within the community and hospital settings.
In addition to the above, Peter has also worked with people with extensive trauma background
including suicide intent, sudden deaths of parents, children and partners, as well as mental health such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and substance use. This involved supporting individuals through a tough adjustment period and equipping them with the tools to develop new meaning in their lives. Peter is extremely interested in people’s identities and thought processes, behaviour, and how substances are used to medicate pain that stems from traumatic experiences. Peter has provided extensive support for men, woman, children, young people and families who live with the impact of sexual, emotional and psychological abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.
Trauma, informed care and holding safety are all central to Peter’s work; informing his curiosity, collaboration, respect, compassion, empathy, and the valued relationships he develops with each person who consults him. Peter uses a variety of approaches that are adaptable to each session, tailored to the individual’s needs. These can include:
Acceptance commitment therapy
Matthew Talbot Hostel, Pastoral Carer
The Wollongong Hospital – After-Hours On-Call
Sydney Children’s Hospital, Chronic Pain Service
Sydney Children’s Hospital, Oncology Hematology, Senior
Child Protection Counselling Service (Illawarra &
Macarthur), Senior Social Worker
Domestic Violence Community Counselling Team, Social
Diagnostic Assessment Service – Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Senior Social Worker
areas of interest
Grief and loss – including life-limiting conditions.
Associate Diploma in Social Science (Hunter TAFE NSW 1994)
Bachelor of Social Work (UNSW 1999)
Becoming a Supervisor (NSW Institute of Psychiatry 2004)
Narrative Therapy (Dulwich Centre 2015)
Peter may also be available outside of these hours.