B.A., M.A., M.A.P.S.
Ling has worked in private practice for 30 years. She has both international and local clinical experience. Ling is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and endorsed by the Psychology Board of Australia as a specialist in Counselling Psychology.
Ling’s main focus is adult therapy. She specializes in both individual and couples counselling.
Ling has a particular interest in helping people work through complex difficulties, often presenting as entrenched patterns and recurring themes in their life. These are often related to past events, particularly childhood experiences that continue to impact their lives, in areas such as mood, relationships, self-worth, and confidence. She believes helping people to understand the issues that drive their patterns and assisting them to deal with them differently can bring meaningful and lasting change.
Ling also enjoys working with couples to help them find fresh ways to work through issues arising in their relationship and open up productive communication. Her work with couples focuses on authentic, lasting changes through teaching couples to express their needs, emotions and concerns in the context of a respectful, caring relationship. She also helps couples deal with complex issues such as infidelity, rebuilding of trust, and reconnecting as a couple.
Ling’s therapy draws heavily on the Psychodynamic approach, particularly in the understanding that our childhood experiences helped shaped who we are today and how we see ourselves and respond to others. She is trained as an EMDR therapist and understands trauma from an EMDR perspective. The EMDR model views unhealed traumatic or distressing events, as memories that are stored in the brain which continually impact us in how we see and feel about ourselves, and can present itself in our behaviour. Healing and change can happen when these memories are processed.
Ling is also influenced by, and trained in Schema Therapy. Other training she has completed which influences her therapy include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Mindfulness. She is skilled at adapting her therapeutic techniques to reflect each individual’s needs and goals for counselling.
Ling is highly regarded among her colleagues and clients as a skilled and caring therapist. She aims to offer depth and insight with a goal of lasting change. She is a warm and sensitive therapist who recognizes that the client/therapist relationship is essential for change and healing.
Professional Qualifications And Experience
- MA (Psychology) Sydney University
- BA (Psychology) Macquarie University.
- Registered with Psychology Board of Australia (APA)
- Endorsed as a specialist in Counselling Psychology by APA
- Member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Counselling
- Full member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
Ling has worked in private practice in the Sydney area for 30 years. She has also counselled in the Australian government. Ling has lectured at theological colleges in counselling, developmental psychology and dealing with trauma. She also presents seminars in a range of psychological and mental health issues. Ling has been described as a gifted and dynamic speaker.
Ling regularly undertakes professional development to maintain knowledge of therapeutic techniques and to keep up-to-date with new developments in the field of mental health.