Talked Spotlight: Interview with Rosalind Brenner

Interview

The Talked Spotlight series is where we interview the clincians who help make Talked the premier Australian digital mental health platform

Name: Roaslind Brenner

Age: 38

Years practising: 25

Specialty: Alzheimer's and Anxiety

Please describe yourself in 20 words or less.

I am warm and caring and have somewhat of a flamboyant style. I enjoy helping others, lending an ear or shoulder or hand.

What is a hobby you love to do in your spare time?

I love writing in my local cafe.

Why did you choose this career path?

When I was seven my mother told her sister how her daughter will make a wonderful social worker. My path was paved from daughter to wife, to mother to the local Avon lady to becoming a Counsellor.

My first degree is in Metaphysical Science and my tutor handed the psychology world to me in terms I could understand, with this understanding I wrote a 20 thousand word thesis titled “The feminine aspect of conscious awareness using metaphysical techniques". Essentially, the feminine aspect is not women, but the nurturing and natural aspect all people carry.

Tell me about one experience which has kept you doing what you’re doing.

Working as a drug and alcohol counsellor in a rehabilitation center I had a special client. She was keen, once she had detoxed, to learn as much as she could. She developed beautiful skills as she moved further into her recovery. I felt so honoured to be her counsellor and to watch her bloom.

What is one piece of general advice that you would give to a client starting out their mental health journey?

A mental health journey is the most rewarding experience. My advice is to be open, trust your therapist and follow the path of your heart's desire. There is no end to growth, but disintegration holds you back.

If you weren’t doing what you were doing, what career would you have pursued?

There was never an alternative, although I did try and pursue a career as a writer.

What is one item in your fridge that would surprise us?

A box of Matzos which are crisp, flat, unleavened bread, made of flour and water, which must be baked before the dough has had time to rise.

Is there anything about you that you would like clients who are reading to know?

I am a mother to three adults, a grandmother to a young boy, a young adult girl, a dog and a cat. I have been the daughter of a holocaust survivor and through my own therapy can say I no longer survive, but I live life with enthusiasm.

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If you like what you have read about Rosalind, you can organise a telehealth session. Rosalind offers a free 15-minute consultation to help get you started.

This Talked Spotlight was based on an interview conducted in August 2021.

Talked Spotlight is our series where we interview the professionals who help make Talked the premier digital mental health platform. The views expressed are those of the interviewees, based on their experiences within the profession, and as such are not necessarily representative of Talked's views.

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