Dr. Johanna Lynch
MBBS FRACGP FASPM Grad Cert (Grief and Loss)
I love making quilts – where each coloured fragment of material becomes an important part of the whole pattern. As I approach care for each person, my focus is also on caring for and welcoming each part of the whole. Those wise, kind, sad, angry, creative, chaotic, organised, overwhelmed, thoughtful, emotional, spiritual and brave parts of each of us matter.
My original training was in medicine, where I gained an awe for our interconnected physical bodies (graduated from The University of Queensland in 1992). I did some post graduate experience in rehabilitation (at Greenslopes) and psychiatry (in London) and gained a respect for the part that the mind plays in health. In 2003 I became a Fellow of the Royal Australian college of General Practitioners (I became a GP) and I loved the work of staying aware of the big picture of someone’s life story, while caring about the details. I loved caring for whole families, working to prevent illness and helping people own and understand their own health. In response to the need in our community, I trained further in grief and loss through UQ, and even set up a multidisciplinary clinic in Manly for 5 years called Integrate Place, where I really enjoyed working as part of a multidisciplinary team. My further training has included neuropsychotherapy, attachment, trauma, sensorimotor and internal family systems therapy. I am currently in the third year of my PhD working at integrating these fields of research into everyday practice.
I have a special interest in helping people manage internal self-talk, past overwhelming memories, hopelessness and feelings of not belonging, as part of their journey of growth to find a sense of safety, comfort and hope. I align myself with the founder of medicine – Hippocrates, who says our goal should be to “cure sometimes, heal often and console always”. And I also hold the attitude of the priest Henri Nouwen who says: “What does hospitality as a healing power require? It requires first of all that the host feel at home in his own house and secondly that he create a free and fearless place for the unexpected visitor”. I hope that each unexpected visitor I meet will feel welcome here at Zest Infusion.