Body Psychotherapist North Brisbane
Hello, I’m Sarah Tuckett and I am a Counsellor and Body Psychotherapist in North Brisbane. My passion is helping people with depression and anxiety feel calm, happy and motivated again. I use an integrative approach, which means that we look at your lifestyle, social connections, environment, diet and medical health as well as your thoughts and feelings. I’ve suffered from both anxiety and depression myself. I know how much better life can be if you have someone to help you through it.
I have a Masters of Mental Health (Psychotherapy) through University of Queensland. I have a Diploma of Integrated Somatic Psychotherapy and I now teach at the Institute of Body Psychotherapy where I did my training. I am a clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) which means I can offer rebates for BUPA and Medibank Private members. I am always looking to extend my knowledge so I am currently studying Advanced Clinical Skills in Somatics and Dance-Movement Therapy.
Areas I specialise in:
I help clients who are suffering from anxiety, depression, stress, experiencing a life change, trauma, relationship issues and more.
I work with individuals, couples and groups.
As an integrative body psychotherapist, I’m looking at the whole of you and treating you holistically. So I often refer clients to see Integrative GPs, Naturopaths, Acupuncturists and Massage Therapists for additional support.
I’m really into movement therapy as a method of improving mental wellness. Helping people find the joy in moving their own body is brings me great pleasure, whether it is through individual sessions, grounding classes or dance.
My own therapy journey
Back in 2006, I spiraled down into depression and anxiety due to chronic stress at work. Thankfully I saw an Integrative GP who took into account my lifestyle, nutrition and underlying health issues instead of just prescribing me antidepressants.
This started me on an exploration of mainstream and complimentary techniques for managing my depression.
I found that massage had a wonderfully calming effect on my nervous system and my mood. So I studied remedial massage and started my own part-time remedial massage practice.
I noticed that people would relax deeply during their massage treatments and I would be able to release the tension in their body. However, the next time I saw them the tension would be back – they would be bracing their body in the same way. Why was this happening? I realised that the solution must be as much in their mind as in their body. I later learned that this is a concept we call “armouring” – where the muscles brace against potential emotional or mental danger.
I was introduced to Andrea Alexander at the Institute of Body Psychotherapy in 2012 and became a regular client of hers. Through my sessions with her, I learned first-hand how the body holds emotions and that you can release this tension through movement. Combining talking therapy and body movement was the answer I had been looking for.
I started practitioner training in 2013 and started practicing as a body psychotherapist in late 2014 whilst I was still a student. I finished my psychotherapy studies at the end of 2015 and I’m now a faculty member at the Institute of Body Psychotherapy.
In December 2018 I graduated with a Master of Mental Health (Psychotherapy) at the University of Queensland.
Although I no longer practice as a remedial massage therapist, my training and experience has given me a thorough understanding of the physiology of the body, and where people store stress and emotions. I also take dance classes every week and I bring this experience to my group movement classes.
My qualifications include:
- Master of Mental Health (Psychotherapy) – University of Queensland (Dec 2018)
- Advanced Clinical Skills in Somatics and Dance-Movement Therapy (2019 ongoing study)
- Diploma of Integrated Somatic Psychotherapy – Institute of Body Psychotherapy (2015)
- Personalised Integrative Therapy (2018)
- Embodied Couples Work – Level 1 (2018)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for anxiety and depression (2017)
- Yoga Nidra Teacher Training (2018)
- Cert IV in Training and Assessment (2016)
- Nia Blue Belt (somatic movement therapy) (2016)
From my previous careers:
- Masters of Environmental Management – UQ
- Graduate Certificate in Sustainability – Murdoch
- Bachelor of Arts (Modern Languages) – Manchester University, UK
- Diploma of Remedial Massage – QAcademy
I am a clinical member of the peak body for Psychotherapists in Australia, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) (Sarah Tuckett, PACFA Reg. Clinical 23732).
Please call me on 0450 22 00 59 or book your appointment online.
I look forward to working with you.