Bio and Qualifications:
I have been working as a counsellor and psychologist in clinical practice for over 15 years. During this time, I have participated in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) training in the United States and in Australia, and I have conducted numerous workshops in EFT. I am currently undertaking PhD research studies to investigate the effects of EFT on anxiety symptoms and subjective wellbeing in primary school children. As a practicing psychologist, I have noted, through observation and client self-reporting, positive outcomes in individuals after using EFT in both clinical and workshop settings and have therefore raised the question of whether EFT may be effective for reducing anxiety and improving student wellbeing when applied as a class technique in a primary school environment. As a former primary school teacher, and a mother and grandmother, I am particularly concerned about the rising levels of anxiety in younger age groups and the impact on individuals, families and the community. I am a Level 4 member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and member of the ACA College of Grief and Loss and the College of Supervisors. I am also a member of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP), which is an international body that promotes research in the area of EFT and other energy psychology (EP) techniques, and provides support, education and ethical guidance for practice in EP modalities.