Adolescents, adults, couples, families, groups.
Areas of Special Interest
Self-acceptance & compassion; LGBTQI+; identity; youth; alcohol & drug use; gambling; smoking cessation; low mood; anxiety; stress; sex, pornography, internet addiction; shoplifting; eating disorders; relationships; life changes; goal setting; illness; grief/loss; anger.
I am an experienced counsellor specialising in addictive behaviours, diverse sexualities and gender.
I provide a non-judgemental safe environment where you will have the time and space to talk and reflect on your concerns. We will then work together to find the way forward.
My hope is that through a greater understanding and acceptance of yourself and the current situation you will be able to make the decisions and changes needed to live more fully; learn and practice the strategies and tools needed to face life’s inevitable difficulties; and have the peace of mind to enjoy the journey.
I offer brief solution focused interventions or longer-term holistic counselling as needed. ‘No man is an island’ and it is often beneficial to involve the people that care for you in treatment.
Accipere Wellness Services Ltd. is not a crisis service. Please call 111 or Te Haika 0800 745 477 if you are concerned about your own or another’s safety.
The person-centred counselling approach is the foundation of the way I work. This approach involves listening, thinking together, coaching, sharing ideas and seeking feedback. You are at the centre of this process.
In addition, I integrate the following approaches as appropriate:
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
Values that underpin my practice:
- Māia- Accepting myself as I am
- Pono- Being honest and authentic
- Maramatanga- Understanding
- Whanaungatanga- Belonging and connectedness
- Ako- learning from one another
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered AOD/PG Practitioner Member of the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa-New Zealand (DAPAANZ)
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, Hons)
- Graduate Diploma Addiction Studies
Background and Experience
I am of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne, English and Scottish decent. I grew up in the South Island but have made Wellington my home for the past decade. I am Takatāpui.
I have over 10 years’ experience working in the mental health and addiction sector in Wellington. I have worked with people from all walks of life. I respect and work safely with all cultures. I am a strong advocate for the rights of people affected by mental illness and addictions, and the LGBTTQI+ community.
I have experience in providing assessments; report writing; treatment planning; individual, couples and family counselling; group therapy and group education.
I am currently studying towards my M.A. Psychology at Massey University.