Hello, my name is Laura Summerfield and after many years as an affiliate of this practice, I have joined the JMA Psychology Canberra team.
I enjoy counselling work with adults and have a special interest in working with children and young people.
Over the past 13 years, I have worked as a Psychologist in: a secondary school, a community health centre, a community service organisation, a university, and in private practice.
As well as being a registered Psychologist, I am a Medicare Provider, able to assist those with Mental Health Care Plans from their GP.
My journey in Psychology began in the 1970s with study at the University of Adelaide (with an Honours degree in Psychology, 1974). After that I worked in a community welfare setting and then as an artist in schools while raising three children.
I completed my post-graduate study in Education and Psychology and worked in schools as an employment adviser and teacher (Coffs Harbour area), then as a Psychologist in community health (in Gunnedah), with young people in Canberra (Bungee program at BCS), and in a tertiary setting (Uni of Canberra). In Canberra, I have managed a private practice.
I use a strengths-based holistic approach to support personal growth and well-being, and to work with mental health issues (including depression, anxiety, stress and trauma). This is informed by strategies mainly drawn from CBT, ACT, and biography or life story work.
I love working with children and parents and have found an arts-based and activity-based approach with children builds rapport and understanding and provides an effective basis for counselling.
My work with young people aims to help them find effective strategies to manage life’s challenges and build resilience.
My special interest in work with adults is Life Story Work, and I welcome connecting with those who want to understand themselves and their personal biography more deeply and share with me part of their life journey and its joys and challenges.
In 2019, I will be offering short-focus counselling appointments only as I slowly move into retirement at the end of the year.