Adolescents, adults, couples, families, groups.
Areas of Special Interest
I specialise in: Person-Centred Therapy, Relationship counselling – couples and families, Narrative Therapy, Talking therapies, Mindfulness, Solution-Focussed Therapy, Motivational Therapy, Interactive Drawing Therapy
As hard and painful as life’s challenges can be, I believe they are integral part of our life’s journey and in many cases, our greatest teachers. Moreover, I believe that overcoming the bigger challenges in life is essential for our spiritual growth and ultimately to lasting happiness. Of course, this says nothing about the suffering and pain that each of us goes through whilst facing life’s issues – having been through many periods of pain, loss, grief and struggle through my own life, I am intimately aware of the pain and suffering we undergo in defeating the obstacles life puts in our way.
In recognising and facing these inevitable challenges, we may sometimes be able to use our own experience and intelligence to find a solution, and may well even get to the other side feeling better/stronger within ourselves, even if we have been through the wringer in getting there.
In some other cases, though, we may well struggle to cope or deal with our issues or problems, and I know from experience that this is the time in life when we really need to reach out for help. If we don’t, we may well get stuck in a state of not knowing how to move on and potentially cause ourselves longer periods of pain and suffering.
Although I can adapt my style to your needs, I have a natural tendency towards helping you to realise practical solutions to your issues as I believe that change and action (in whatever form) is what helps you unstick yourself from wherever you are stuck.
I am also happy to integrate any of my more holistic or spiritual/energy practices into your counselling experience and can therefore also offer Bach Flower Remedies and a number of healing approaches (including Reiki) into your therapy.
Remember, the human skin is only between 0.5mm and 4mm thick – beyond that, every human being on the planet is the same wonderful, complex concoction of thoughts, feelings and experiences that sometimes need external help to work through.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Provisional Member, Registered with NZ Association of Counsellors (ProvMNZAC)
- Bachelor of Counselling (Wellington Institute of Technology, WELTEC)
- National Certificate in Mental Health
- National Certificate in Health Disability and Aged Support
- New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Community Rehabilitation Care)
Background and Experience
I have formal education in client-centred, solution-focussed, narrative and motivational therapies as well as training in counselling for grief & loss, abuse, group work and couples therapy, amongst others. Perhaps my best teacher, though, is the life I have lived and the lessons I have learned in my varied roles as counsellor, mental health coordinator, living without violence facilitator, aged-care support worker, teacher, kindergarten owner, pastry-chef and in my family roles as daughter, sister, wife and mother – it is these experiences that truly help me to understand what you are going through and how I might be able to assist.