Children, adults, groups.
Areas of Special Interest
Attachment, depression, anxiety, loneliness, anger, grief, stress, life transitions, relationships, gender issues, sexuality, sexual abuse, trauma, cultural adjustment, sense of self, self-confidence, spiritual crisis, personal development.
- Individual therapy can be short or long term. A session is 55 - 60 minutes long.
- Art therapy groups for therapeutic purposes, personal development and spiritual growth.
I offer awareness-oriented counselling and art therapy – each by itself or combined, depending on your preferences. Therapy supports you to understand why you think, feel and act the way you do, and how this impacts your life. This awareness creates the space within yourself for self-compassion, clarity, and the choice to engage in a new way with yourself and others.
I will gently encourage you to check in with your perceptions, emotions and body sensations in order to validate what is real for you. You may find some outdated thinking patterns, and discover new impulses, that enrich who you are as a person now. This establishes trust in your inner knowing, and restores a sense of ‘aliveness’.
I incorporate body awareness, emotions, thoughts and spirituality to the degree you are comfortable with.
values all aspects of ourselves equally - the wanted and the unwanted. It strives to experience ourselves as a ‘whole’.
With the use of art materials we can bring playfulness into the session. Through gentle creative exercises you can find symbolic expressions for your situation, thoughts and feelings. This may offer you unexpected outlooks on your situation, and a new way of expressing yourself. It supports you to be in charge of your process and your life. No prior experience or creative talent required!
is helpful to de-clutter and calm the mind.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Art Therapist (AthR)
- Member Australia New Zealand Art Therapy Association (MANZATA)
- Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (ProvMNZAC)
- Masters in Arts Therapy (Clinical)
- Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy
- Certificate in Art of Health (Steiner-oriented Art Therapy)
Background and Experience
Originally from Germany, I found my home in New Zealand in 2006. My extensive travels to many parts of the world have taught me to deeply honour each person within their unique cultural and personal context. In the last 6 years I have worked as a counsellor and workshop facilitator at the Women’s Centre Christchurch and the Women’s Health Collective in Wellington. I have also worked in adult mental health and as an art educator for children and youth. I have extensive experience with meditation and “soul-search” modalities of all kinds.