I am a psychotherapist, writer and filmmaker with a longstanding fascination with storytelling and the human condition. Story informs both my psychotherapy practice as well as my artistic life as a writer and director of film and radio.
I believe stories foster empathy, provide a sense of belonging and can bring insight and healing.
Our stories connect us to our humanity and to one another. When we connect to the land upon which we walk - in my case the Bundjalung nation- we can learn to connect to self.
A child of a refugee, I absorbed my formidable Lithuanian grandmother’s stories – a woman who never felt she belonged and who yearned to return to her occupied homeland. As such, both my creative and my therapeutic work revolves around the themes of belonging.
In 2021, my screenplay titled Elsewhere awarded me a placement in the Screenworks, Write from Home Initiative (in conjunction with Australian International Screen Forum).
In 2020, I was also shortlisted for the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival Restart Residential Retreat for my debut novel, The Lost House and in 2020, it was awarded a residency at Byron Bay Writer’s festival for the same piece of work. In 2019 I was a recipient of Inside the Writer’s Room (Screenworks) and completed a series of audio documentaries on traumatised youth in the education system.
In film and television I was a co-producer on the flagship Australian Broadcasting Commission’s television panel show, QANDA, and co-development writer and development producer on Well Founded Fear (feature documentary for SBS TV Australia). She co-wrote and directed Pieces of Me (ABC TV). Prior to this I was director and co-writer of Hassan and the Djinn (ABC Radio National’s then Radio Eye Programme) and worked on Star Wars the Phantom Menace as Asset and Logistics co-ordinator. I wrote and directed my first short film about sexual harassment in the NSW Police Force twenty years ago, which re-aired recently on ARTE, France.
For more information on my therapy practice, click here.