Louise brings 25 years of experience in the fields of child and family mental health and family law to The Relationspace. Prior to joining The Relationspace, Louise worked for the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia for 10 years, conducting innumerable family assessments in both Sydney and latterly Hobart, interviewing children and their parents, bringing the voice of children and their needs to the Courts, most recently Senior Family Consultant for the Courts in Hobart. Here she led the team of Tasmanian Family Consultants towards clinical best practice and also at the national level, developing national guidelines for parent-child observational assessments.
Earlier in her career, Louise worked initially at the Royal North Shore Hospital Sydney Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, followed by implementation and facilitation of parenting group programs across the northern Sydney health region.
Louise is a social worker by profession. She holds degrees in Social Work with Honours (UNSW) and Applied Mental Health Studies in Child and Adolescence (NSW Institute of Psychiatry) in addition to postgraduate awards in Legal Studies (Canberra University) and Specialist Studies in Family Violence and Trauma (University of Melbourne). She has been committed, over many years, to high quality professional development: with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London, United Kingdom, and training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy through Russ Harris, Sydney. Her voluntary roles include consultation to the national child mental health workforce educator Emerging Minds and committee memberships with Royal Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatry.
Louise understands the range of complexity and difficulties for parents raising children through separation. She practices from a framework of mindfulness, compassion and personal agency. She brings a solution focused and flexible approach to therapy in which she partners with her clients to achieve their best outcomes.