I’m Liz Scarfe, Melbourne psychotherapist
I’m a diversity-friendly and diversity-competent psychotherapist, adult educator and facilitator, specialising in trauma (including complex trauma and post-traumatic stress) from a post-traumatic growth perspective.
I’m accredited with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia and a member of the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology, (qualifications at the end of the page).
I live and work on Wurundjeri land, Melbourne.
Why do I do this work?
A lot of people think being a trauma therapist must be hard-going.
Sometimes it is. But 98% of the time it’s deeply rewarding and renewing, and fills me with hope and inspiration.
In every session, I witness the phenomenal strength, beauty and complexity of the human spirit (even when my clients can’t see it in themselves yet).
Therapy’s a hero’s journey, and getting to accompany people on that journey is an incredible privilege that brings depth, meaning and insight to my own life.
I’m also passionate about personal and social liberation and work from the understanding that the external context of our lives strongly dictates the wellness of our being. My work is an act of resistance and push-back against oppressive social and interpersonal dynamics.
Lastly, my experiences as both a client and a therapist have taught me that suffering, as tough as it is, can become a path to our deepest and most expansive nature. So I work with people to not just reduce their suffering but to also learn and grow from this amazing and awful teacher.
What else do I do?
Apart from therapy sessions, I write articles and make videos about therapy and trauma, and also run personal and professional development workshops and programs about trauma and Process-Oriented Psychology and am the founder of the Melbourne Processwork Centre.
When I’m not working I like reading books about trauma (OK that’s kind of work, but they’re so fascinating it doesn’t feel like work).
Other than that, I do pretty regular things like hanging out with friends and family, reading novels, the occasional movie, bit of meditating and exercising, walks in nature…but I particularly love…
…diving and travelling, and travelling to go diving.
I love travelling to interesting places, seeing interesting things, and meeting interesting beings.
Like this gorgeous pig I met on a beach in East Timor: never expected to see a pig on a beach.
I love the surprises of travel and the way it broadens my mind, giving me a first-hand experience of how much our reality is a product of culture.
What to say.
For me, diving is all at once terrifying and transcendent, which makes it a bit like therapy really!
I’m a pretty nervous diver but I do it anyway because I love the weightless feeling underwater, and sea life has always captivated me (my first qualification was in aquatic ecology)!
For most people, starting therapy, or starting with a new therapist, is a bit scary and so often we put it off…and off…and off. Which is OK, but it does tend to prolong your suffering and can make things worse not better.
If you’re thinking I might be the therapist for you, book in for a free 20-minute phone chat and you can tell me a bit about what’s going on for you and ask me any questions you might have.
I can tell you a bit about how I work and if it feels like a good fit you can book a session, or have a think about it and get back to me if you want to proceed – no pressure and no sneaky sales tactics.
If you already know I’m not the right therapist for you, check out my Ultimate Guide to Finding the Right Therapist, or get in touch and I can give you the names of some other great therapists.
I am a PACFA accredited psychotherapist, and IAPOP certified Process Oriented Psychology Diplomate (minimum of four
I am currently studying a Masters in Culture, Health and Medicine (medical anthropology) and also have the qualifications:
- Diploma of Management
- Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment
- Advanced Certificate in Group Facilitation
- Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Science (Hons)
- Open Water Scuba Diver – Rescue Diver.