Janet’s professional affiliations include:
Psychology Board of Australia (Member)
Australian Psychological Society (Member)
International Association of Clinical Neuropsychotherapy (Member)
Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (Member)
Health at Every Size (HAES) Australia (Verified Practitioner)
Academy for Eating Disorders (Member)
Associate for Size Diversity and Health (Member)
Yoga Australia (Senior Registered Teacher, Registered Yoga Therapist and member of the Council of Advisors)
International Association of Yoga Therapists (Certified Yoga Therapist)
Yoga and Body Image Coalition (Community Partner)
iRest Level 2 Teacher in Training
Australian Teachers of Meditation Association (Therapeutic and Personal Development Meditation Teacher)
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What makes someone a 'Yoga Psychologist'?
For me it's the title that most accurately reflects the integration of my professional training and therapeutic skills.
I found my way to studying Psychology as a university student who wanted to understanding people... what makes us do the interesting things we do and how we navigate our inner and outer worlds.
After a few years working in the field of Psychology I burned out and travelled in India, and while there I studied my first Yoga Teachers training program in a traditional Yoga ashram, trekked in the Himalaya, and taught English to Buddhist monks. These experiences were life-changing, exposing me to philosophies of integrative wisdom which assist people to live in harmony with the world around them... and they exposed me to a broader way of understanding psychology and the human mind.
Today my professional practice is focused on working with people addressing aspects of their lives affecting health and wellbeing. This includes eating disorders, body image concerns, depression and anxiety. My therapeutic perspective considers the individual as a whole, rather than focusing merely on conditions, symptoms or 'illness'. This approach is health-enhancing, aimed at promoting wellbeing in different areas of life.
I consider myself to be a perpetual student of Yoga, influenced by wonderful teachers including Leigh Blashki, Richard Miller, Amy Weintraub, Donna Farhi, and AG and Indra Mohan. I am a supporter of Yoga Australia, the peak body for Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists in Australia, and I hold a position on the Council of Advisors for that organisation.
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Conference and Workshop Presentations
I am honoured to regularly be asked to present at various conferences and peer events, in the fields of Yoga Therapy, Eating Disorders, and Neuropsychotherapy. Below are a few highlights of some of the presentations I have offered in these professional settings:
2018 - Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders:
Pre-Conference Workshop - 'The Body in Therapy'
Workshop - 'What is my patient gets fat? Controversies and clinical implications when treating Eating Disorders in higher weight individuals'
2018 - International Conference of Neuropsychotherapy Workshop presentation - 'The body in therapy - A neuropsychotherapy understanding of interoception and embodied mindfulness'
2018 - Yoga Australia Conference Workshop presentation - 'Understanding projection, transference and countertransference in the Yoga Teacher - Student relationship'
2017 - Yoga Australia peer mentoring group - 'The Neuropsychology of behaviour change - enhancing the effectiveness of Yoga Therapy'
2017 - Australian Yoga Therapy Conference Keynote address - 'Yoga Therapy approaches to assist people with Eating Disorders'
2016 - Yoga Australia Conference Keynote address - 'I honour that place in you... Yoga Teacher as guide on the Students' inner journey'
2015 - Yoga Australia Conference Workshop presentation - 'Understanding mentally health meditation'
2013 - Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders Workshop presentation - 'Embodied mindfulness in the treatment of Eating Disorders'
2009 - Meditation Australia conference Keynote address - 'This body, this breath, this moment - Integrating mind and body in meditation'