Dianna Cox Mikkelson
B.S., M.A., M. Psych Counselling, MAPS
Dianna is a Counselling Psychologist and the director of Inscape Psychology. She has over 25 years experience in the field of mental health. Initially trained in the USA, Dianna has worked in psychiatric hospitals, crisis assessment and community mental health. She returned to Australia in 2005 where she started her private practice.
Dianna’s therapeutic style is person centred and collaborative. She deeply honours each client’s story, including how they have learnt to survive in the world. Whether working with individuals or couples, Dianna addresses the impact of childhood attachment and personal and generational trauma on a clients current functioning. She particularly enjoys working with women helping them unravel the barriers that stand in the way of personal empowerment. Her other strong interest is couples therapy. There is no more rich a place to uncover our personal wounds than in our most intimate relationships. In couples therapy, Dianna brings each person back to a fuller understanding of self rather than allowing the projections to remain focused on other.
Dianna is trained in the personality typology of the Enneagram. The Enneagram is a complex understanding of the core motives and drivers of personality. Through increased understanding of our innate personality type we can become unstuck from fixated ways of being in the world. Dianna has also completed the first year of the three year training in Somatic Experiencing. This training is based on the work of Peter Levine which treats trauma held in the body by allowing the innate wisdom of the body to emerge through the experience of the felt sense.
Dianna brings her natural vitality and zest for living to the therapeutic relationship. She is passionate about helping others reclaim their inner freedom.
- Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Northwestern College, USA
- Master of Arts Counselling Psychology, St. Thomas University, USA
- Master of Psychology, Counselling, Monash University, Melbourne
- Member, Australian Psychological Society (APS)
- Member, APS College of Counselling Psychology
- Registered psychologist with Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)