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Local Chick… Pamela Morpeth from Gordon’s Bay

By James Hutton on December 30, 2019 in People

Gordon’s Bay local Pamela Morpeth is a psychotherapist and counsellor with a private practice in Bondi Junction. She shares her local favourites with The Beast…

How long have you lived here? I moved here from England half a lifetime ago and have loved it ever since.

Why do you live here? I have always felt that Australia radiates optimism. Living here in Sydney’s stunning Eastern
Suburbs underlines this for me.

What’s your favourite beach? Thommo’s at Gordon’s Bay. It’s constantly changing, yet the water is always turquoise, whether it’s grey skies or blue.

What’s your favourite eatery? Gelbison at Bondi Beach. Pizza there is simple and tasty and it’s always packed – we try to get in and out early.

Where do you like to have a drink? Now that I am committed to a healthier life, my drinks are non-alcoholic. I love sticky chai, herb teas and full-strength coffees. The Little Kitchen on Arden Street is perfect for these.

Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs? The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. As locals know, it’s healing for all your senses.

Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs? Witnessing the gradual demise of local flora, fauna and marine life.

Do you have a favourite sporting team? I have Welsh blood so I support the Welsh Rugby teams. At Cardiff Arms Park the crowd’s natural harmonies have moved me to tears.

What music are you into at the moment? I love the warm melancholy of Elgar and Leonard Cohen, and the gritty insights of Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan. Kate Miller-Heidke at the Opera House was fantastic.

Who is your favourite person? My partner Douglas Clarke. He is always supportive, loving and the wisest person I know.

What do you get up to on the weekends? Seeing movies at the lovely old Ritz at Randwick. Feet up, reading and planning new recipes. Sometimes a spontaneous trip away.

What do you do for work? I am a psychotherapist and counsellor at a private hospital clinic, and at Dr Earth in Bondi Junction.

What’s your favourite thing about your work? My objective is to give people a confidential and safe place to talk and be heard. This is where solutions and emotional healing can be found.

Do you have a favourite quote? “What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – John Anster, 1835.

Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast? “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” – The Buddha.