Adolescents, adults, couples, groups.
Areas of Special Interest
Bullying, depression, anxiety, grief, addictions, abuse, relationships, low self-esteem, trauma, self-harming, eating disorders.
With clinical experience since 2007, I have worked with people aged 5 to 82 years of age within corporate, public and private sectors.
Deciding to undertake therapy can be a difficult and daunting experience. In our first meeting you will get the chance to familiarize yourself with my way of working. Neither psychotherapy nor counselling are an easy fix. It is the ultimate investment- investing in yourself. It can take some time to develop an understanding of your ways of being and to learn how to change some behaviour habits.
I will provide you a safe and non-judgmental environment in which you can explore whatever you choose to.
If you are willing to truly engage with therapy and face your issues then I will stand alongside you and help you find your way. Whatever your issues big or small, we will work on them together and help you come to grips with how to better manage your way of being - in other words I can help you understand your own value and build a better relationship with yourself so that in turn you can build and maintain relationships with others more effectively.
Trained as a Humanistic Person-centered psychotherapist I hold a strong respect for my clients' autonomy and their ability to dictate their own direction. As your therapist it is my job to help you navigate your way through your process (experience and way of experiencing) and to encourage and challenge you in a respectful and safe way.
As a Humanistic therapist I tend to incorporate techniques from other Humanistic approaches such as Transactional Analysis and Gestalt. At times may also utilize Play Therapy techniques where suitable.
My belief is that as human beings we are formed in relationship with others and therefore believe that developing a healthy and trusting therapeutic relationship is key to successful outcomes.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychotherapist
- Member of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
- ACC Registered Counsellor
- Masters of Science in Humanistic Person-centered Psychotherapy
Background and Experience
Trained and qualified in the UK, I have worked: in private practice as a psychotherapist, within the National Health Trust (NHS) as counsellor for Diabetic and Cardiac patients, given talks to staff and patients about the effects of cardiac trauma, and also run clinical assessments. I have worked as a child counsellor in a Primary school for an organisation called Place2Be in the UK- this is a service based within schools in struggling areas and often involved working alongside social services. Within the higher education system I worked as a university counsellor at the Nottingham Trent University.
In New Zealand I offer both private therapy and counselling services as well as counselling sessions through contract work with other organisations.