Areas of Special Interest
Depression, anxiety, grief, loneliness, relationship issues, anger issues, parenting issues, suicidality, self esteem and confidence, trauma, PTSD, sexuality, gender issues, spirituality, toxic religion matters, existential concerns.
Counselling can help a person when they are feeling stuck or overwhelmed by life situations or relationships.
I offer a safe, confidential and supportive space, where clients can feel at ease sharing what is going on for them without fear of judgement. In a counselling session we will work together to understand and move through areas of stuckness, and I am passionate about equipping people with insights and skills to take away and practice, when they leave.
I like to write notes through the session and give the person a copy to take away, with helpful insights and strategies.
I work with individuals of all cultures, religions, genders and sexual orientations.
I use a variety of counselling methods:
- In a counselling session I practice Person-centred Therapy, by listening carefully to what a person tells me about their experiences and challenges, and working with the person to set realistic goals to get the change they are wanting.
- Through REBT therapy I focus on connecting current conflicts with themselves or others, to historical life events, or unhealthy ways of thinking. I equip them with empowering tools to manage unbearable feelings and moods. And I offer life skills to help a person manage difficult situations and people in their life.
- Through Strengths-based counselling I focus on a person’s strengths, and together we focus on new ways of managing stress and achieving dreams.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling)
- Diploma in Applied Counselling
- Diploma in Ministerial Studies (Theology)
Background and Experience
I have nine years experience working as a counsellor, starting with training and working as a telephone counsellor and face to face counsellor with Lifeline. I also have counselled in different churches. Recently I have counselled with Supporting Families, Marlborough. for 18 months. I have run workshops on mental and emotional health topics through the Women’s Centre.
I am also a Provider Counsellor with Aoake Te Ra, a recently new organisation which provides free counselling for people that have lost someone through suicide.