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. In 2005 she returned to Australia and started seeing clients in private practice.
Dianna believes embodied healing can only take place when we experience a felt sense of safety and so creates a therapeutic space that is grounded, compassionate and collaborative. Whether working with individuals or couples, Dianna addresses the impact of childhood attachment and personal and generational trauma on current functioning. She is deeply curious about how each client has learnt to survive in the world and seeks to understand not only the cognitive narrative but also the “story” of the nervous system. This body story is at the core of many of our dysregulated emotions and behaviours.
Dianna is especially passionate about helping women unravel the barriers that stand in the way of personal empowerment. As a result of living under thousands of years of patriarchy, women carry deeply held conditioning that can stifle verbal, sexual and creative expression. Through increased body awareness, Dianna teaches women how to reclaim their inner freedom.
Dianna is in her third year of a three year training in Somatic Experiencing. The 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 is also trained in the personality typology of the Enneagram. The Enneagram is a complex understanding of the core motives and drivers of personality. By understanding our innate personality type we can become unstuck from fixated ways of being in the world.
- 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 Association of Psychologists (AAPI)
- Registered psychologist with Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)