Justine was born in the UK & emigrated to Australia in 1992. Since qualifying as a counsellor in 1998 Justine has maintained a private practice working with individuals and families on a wide range of issues.
Justine has consulted in a medical centre as part of a multi-disciplinary team which offered a holistic approach to learning difficulties. As a senior clinician, Justine worked part time for 2 years with families in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. In 2007 Justine commenced speaking at conferences, notably, Autism Awareness and Mindd Foundation.
As well as writing parenting columns for magazines, in 2008 Justine contributed an informative chapter for the new Australian Autism Handbook – “Through Grief to Self Care” in which she highlights the needs of families raising a child with special needs. She has just finished her contribution to the 2013 edition.
Justine offers sound practical advice on how to get support for yourself and not “burn out” along the way. There are relationship tips and a story of hope and success as Justine explains her journey with her own son, diagnosed with autism.
In the new revised Autism Handbook 2013, Justine elaborates on the upcoming teenage years of children with ASD and shares more of her personal journey of mothering her ASD son she also includes more of her professional insights 6 years on from the first edition.
Regaining her health has brought another dimension to her work and capacity to help others heal also.