Areas of Special Interest
Anxiety, depression, loneliness, conflict, lack of direction in life, trauma, somatic and health difficulties.
What is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?
This is a type of talking therapy which takes account of our unconscious mind.
Our unconscious mind is out of day to day awareness and yet has considerable influence over our intentions and behaviours. This means change is not easy and it can feel that at times we get in our own way or battle with ourselves as a consequence.
How effective is it?
Research has shown this kind of psychotherapy to be effective with a range of difficulties and disorders. The research also indicates that clients often will continue to grow and benefit from the effects of this type of therapy long after the therapy has stopped.
I usually see people for weekly sessions.
I would encourage you to;
- Follow your thoughts and give expression to your feelings.
- Explore your inner life and your relationships
- Notice and explore the therapy relationship
The exploration of the therapy relationship is the core of psychoanalytic therapy. The information gleaned here provides a window into your unconscious process which brings to awareness unacknowledged yet active fears, patterns and longings. These lost aspects are acknowledged, reworked and integrated in a way that bring a more secure, whole and stronger sense of self.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychotherapist
- Member of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
- Diploma in Psychotherapy
- NZAP Advanced Clinical Practice
- Bachelor of Nursing
Background and Experience
I have been a psychotherapist in private practice since 2003. Prior to that I have worked for the DHB both in NZ and overseas in the UK. As well as working in private practice I have also presented many workshops. Workshops have addressed subjects such as object relations in practice, writing psychotherapy formulations, managing complex risk, and psychodynamic nursing.
I am also an expert advisor for the Health and Disability Commission.
I offer supervision to psychotherapists and other health professionals who wish to develop a psychoanalytic perspective on their work or gain an applied understanding of British Object Relations theory.
I also have a good understanding of systems theory and cybernetics as applied to families and social systems.
I have worked extensively with clients experiencing complex trauma and personality disorders.