Having worked in the finance sector for many years Robyn’s interest in people led her to a Bachelor of Social Science, ending with a Bachelor of Coaching and Counselling.
“I was so proud of myself going up on stage to receive my degree. I am the only person in my family to attend university. Growing up in the 60’s in my family didn’t lend itself to further education. We were not allowed to go onto year 12. It was expected the girls just got a job after year 10, got married and had children.”
Robyn works as a Family Practitioner within our Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare program in Blacktown near Sydney.
Joining the team in September 2017 Robyn enjoys meeting and connecting with people from so many different backgrounds, who share their life and experiences with her.
“I love that I can use my life experience and knowledge to support families in their journeys,” said Robyn.
Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT-CW) is a short-term, high quality intervention program with an average of 12-14 sessions over three to five months. FFT works primarily with young people aged 11-18 years, who have been referred for behavioral or emotional problems by the juvenile justice, mental health, school or child welfare systems.
Services are conducted in both clinic and home settings, and can also be provided to schools, child welfare facilities, probation and parole offices/aftercare systems and mental health facilities.
“Working with large families all in the one room can be challenging at times,” says Robyn.
“Many family members, ages and situations, mean as a therapist I need to be able to think quickly, be flexible and creative in my approach.”
Celebrating 30 years of marriage this year Robyn and her husband have two children, aged 21 and 25.
“Our eldest is getting married in July this year to a wonderful girl he has known for seven years. Our 21-year-old, is a transgender female who is a great role model for her transgender community. We are very proud of both our children.”
And if working full-time, raising two children didn’t keep her busy enough Robyn and her husband also have a hobby farm of alpacas and three cheeky horses named Abraham, Archer and Alby. “We are very grateful for the freedom, peace and serenity our property gives us.”
Robyn credits Oprah Winfrey for igniting her desire to do a bit of soul searching when she was in her late 40’s.
“Oprah is such a positive role model, especially for women. I believe she empowers people to act on their values and drive their own successes. She influenced me into soul searching for ‘who am I’ and ‘what do I stand for’? I became thirsty to learn about leadership and embarked on many courses, which supported my direction in my personal life as well as professional life journey.”
Robyn is extremely passionate about helping other women to “have their cake and eat it too“ setting people up for success by giving them the tools to create their vision and plan for their futures.
“The hard part for most is working out what is it they want to do. So, I like to explore this with people and help them find a path. I am often an inspiration for the mums that I work with, especially when they find out I changed careers at 56.”
Robyn’s journey to date has been an interesting one. In her 20’s Robyn did a lot of amateur and semiprofessional theatre work and hosted Murder Mystery weekends for groups up to 200 people!
AND some might recognise Robyn from her appearance on the 80’s match making show Perfect Match. While she didn’t find her perfect match on the show, she did have a good laugh.
Robyn has also dabbled in folk art, learnt to ride horses and completed an equine nursing certificate at TAFE, so she could look after her own horses. “I’m also a yoga teacher and have followed my dream into a soul satisfying career at OzChild.”
For young Australians Robyn wants nothing more than for them to be confident, proud and stand tall, to follow their dreams and believe in themselves.
“I want our young Australians to have a voice for our country’s future, have equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities no matter who they are. I want young people to be able to use their education for the greater good of our world.”