Areas of Special Interest
Anxiety and stress, depression, relationship issues, family dynamics, abuse and neglect, violence and trauma, grief, adoption, whangai and foster care, cultural, racial and indigenous issues.
My psychotherapy training means that I hold a great appreciation for relationships and believe that the relationships we have with ourselves and others play a significant part in our development. Understanding how past experiences have made an impact enables us to lay a different foundation for the future. This then helps to create new pathways and opportunities.
In my practice I am guided by indigenous and western models of knowledge and understanding. As a practitioner with links to Ngāpuhi, Tūhoe and England, I emphasise the use of indigenous models of practice alongside western concepts.
I favour developmental models such as attachment theory, and also use Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness techniques in developing distress tolerance skills and acceptance methods. From an indigenous perspective I consider health to be interconnected and holistic, with one of the best known methods of this being Te Whare Tapa Wha developed by Mason Durie. The combination of these two worldviews allows my practice to encompass many different areas of knowledge, allowing for a flexible and holistic treatment approach.
Psychotherapy is a process of understanding yourself in such a way that this new knowledge can begin to heal past trauma and ease current sufferings. For me, the whakatauki (proverb) above identifies many of the key concepts within psychotherapy. Deeper perceptions, awareness and understandings help to foster a greater sense of wellbeing in ourselves and provides understanding as to how we relate with the world around us.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychotherapist
- Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists (ProvMNZAP)
- Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies
- Master of Psychotherapy (First Class Hons)
Background and Experience
I have over twelve years experience in working with individuals and whānau through my work as a social worker and psychotherapist.
I have worked in a number of different agency settings including a residential addictions service, and two tertiary providers. Coupled with my community based practice where I have worked for the last three years, I have worked with a range of people seeking support and treatment.