Philipa is a Medicare Registered Psychologist Practicing in the Sydney Eastern Suburbs
Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to read this. I am the person and the Sydney Psychologist behind this website and Marriage Works, so let me give you a snapshot.
Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Victoria in the ‘90s, I had no idea what direction my career path was headed. That time, the only job I was able to get was with a telephone company, helping people with the new technology of mobile phones.
A colleague suggested that I improve my ability to work with people, after seeing me train as a Youthline phone counsellor in Wellington, New Zealand. This sparked a career shift towards counselling.
My Australian counselling career began in 2001 with the Salvation Army in Cabramatta, the then heroin capital of New South Wales. With Major John Drew and a colleague, I started a service from the ground up FYRST: Fairfield Youth Recovery Support Team.
This led me to work at the Drug Intervention Services Cabramatta, a division of South Western Area Health service.
From there, I was recruited by the NSW Health Department in Kirketon Road Centre, the cutting edge primary health centre treating the Kings Cross/Darlinghurst areas. A further four-year stint at the Langton Centre on the therapy team really helped hone my counselling and group therapy facilitation skills.
Just to keep myself a little busier, I completed an Honours degree in Psychology, basing my thesis on interviews of intimate partners’ sexual communication effects when living with cancer.
Most recently, I have worked at Relationships Australia, where I completed my Graduate Diploma in Systemic Couple Therapy.
My personal journey has given me the gift of a 20-something daughter (Jessica), and has taken me through pregnancy, childbirth, the early child years and teenage angst, and to a new home country.
Thanks for taking the time to get to know me. I hope to get to know you, too!
I am here for you – Call 0434 559 011 for a free 10-minute chat now.
Philipa Thornton is an experienced and qualified Sydney Eastern Suburbs registered psychologist offering relationship counselling, and marriage and couple counselling.