Stine (pronounced Steen) is a counselling student who works closely with Irma, her therapy dog. Stine comes to counselling with a background in teaching and a PhD in political philosophy.
Stine values working with a wide range of clients and provides support for mental health issues arising across the lifespan. She enjoys working with culturally diverse clients of all ages. Stine also has a particular interest in neurodiverse individuals and families. She is experienced working with twice exceptional and gifted individuals, individuals on the autism spectrum, clients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and clients with oppositional defiance disorder.
Stine also takes an interest in anxiety disorders, including social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Stine’s approach to therapy is evidence-based, collaborative, culturally sensitive, inclusive, and person-centred. She aims to empower and support her clients through psychoeducation and appropriate therapeutic intervention. Stine takes a holistic stance and integrates a variety of therapy approaches according to her clients’ needs. These include Family Therapy, Ecotherapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, and Play Therapy.
Stine works with Irma who is a very playful black Labrador. Irma adores receiving attention and affection, and simply lives to make everyone around her feel safe and loved. Stine and Irma are currently completing Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) training at foundational and advanced levels.
Stine is registered with the Australian Counselling Association. She is in her final year of her Master of Counselling degree. Prior to this, she has completed a Bachelor of Arts (History), a Master of Political Science, and a PhD.