She collaborates with clients to explore and identify maladaptive patterns of behaviours and coping mechanisms that may be contributed by significant early experiences and rupture in attachment relationships then tap into their strengths and resources to facilitate an empowering and therapeutic process that will help them experience healing so that they gain new insights and make changes to build a life that is more meaningful and fulfilling congruent with their values and goals.
Regina believes strongly in using evidence-based interventions to facilitate changes in the brain’s neural networks so that it brings about an enduring transformation in the individuals’ belief system, emotional patterns and behavioural responses. Early attachment experiences have a significant impact on how individuals respond to the world around them and these early distressing events continue to impact adult relationships if they remain unresolved in their brain’s neural networks.
This may present in the form of heightened physiological responses (flight, flight or freeze mode), emotional dysregulation and maladaptive beliefs of oneself and others triggered by stimuli in the current environment that is associated with past distressing events.
Individuals use particular coping mechanisms to manage these vulnerable emotions which may have been helpful in childhood to survive particular circumstances but are no longer effective in their adult life to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life. Regina uses evidence based approaches that include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Densensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy to investigate how one’s past experiences continue to influence an individual’s current functioning and facilitate the process of healing from the past experiences so that the cycle is broken and the individual is free to respond to their current reality without feeling compelled to repeat their maladaptive behavioural patterns.
Regina has worked in private practice for the past few years and has used Schema Therapy and EMDR effectively with clients who often feel compelled to repeat their maladaptive patterns of behaviours to cope with strong emotions and physiological responses triggered by current interpersonal relationships that are associated with past early attachment experiences. She has also used DBT with clients in group therapy in a hospital setting to help them use effective skills to regulate their emotions and thoughts so that they can build a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
In her leisure time, Regina enjoys spending time with her family by going on nature walks with her children and husband as well as reading up on the latest research on psychological interventions to improve individuals’ quality of life.
Regina currently works at Blaxland on Fridays.