Off the Cuff

‘Off the Cuff’ with Helen Perry

Helen Perry is an experienced Clinical Psychologist, practising at Psychology Consultants, Newmarket, Brisbane and is Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Health, University of Sydney.

She was instrumental in establishing the first CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) Diploma in the Southern Hemisphere at Massey University, NZ.

She has a particular interest in working with clients with complex/comorbid mood and anxiety disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic, Social Phobia, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Phobias and Complicated Grief.

Helen has a passion and commitment for delivering high quality training and supervision for mental health professionals.

My secret pleasure is … talking to my friends on Facebook while sort-of-watching family TV.

My first job was … working in Scotts (fashion store) as a saleslady.

My most annoying habits are … (allegedly) slurping my tea and snoring gently.

A clear childhood memory is … going for a Sunday bush walk with my Dad in Kitwe, Zambia and coming across some hippos wallowing in the river.

What makes me really nervous is … writing about myself.

The best advice my parents gave me was … if at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.

If I wasn’t a psychologist, I’d be … a missionary or a teacher.

I’m most thankful for … my family, my friends and my animals.

My favorite meal is … Mum’s roast lamb with mint sauce and thick shiny gravy.

I know it’s good for me, but I hate … not eating too many carbs.

A book I love is … A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken (sniff, sniff)

A song that resonates is … Amazing Grace

My ‘happy place’ is … tucked up in bed with my cuddly blanket, knowing my family are all safe in bed.

My most embarrassing memory is … slipping in my high heels as I entered a Science Laboratory when I was teaching at a boy’s high school. I landed under the front science bench and didn’t want to come out as the boys (and Science Teacher) were all snickering under their breath.

My hidden skill is … not ever wearing high heels.

If I was a dog, I’d be … one of my own Miniature Schnauzers.

It’s a bit corny but I love … ice cream, popcorn and holding hands at the movies.

I’m most at peace when … I am close to God, my friends and my family.

Country I’d love to visit … Switzerland.

Favourite quote … “If you wanted a peaceful life, you’d have it.”


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