Areas of Special Interest
I can assist with mental health concerns such as anxiety, worry, depression and addiction, as well as more everyday challenges such as relationship difficulties, stress, managing emotions and building self-esteem.
Psychological therapy can help you to develop the insight and skill you may need to work through painful or challenging experiences; ultimately to find ways to live a life with greater flexibility, resilience and purpose.
I offer warm and practical support to help you better understand your emotions, thoughts and behaviour, to discover and enhance your strengths, and to learn new skills and strategies to move beyond the difficulties you face.
While confronting our struggles and challenges can be uncomfortable, I believe these times are also a valuable opportunity to learn more about ourselves, giving us the freedom to make the changes we wish to see in our lives and enhance our overall sense of well-being.
I am trained in a variety of evidence-based therapeutic frameworks, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). I work with you to adapt different therapeutic tools and techniques to best suit your needs, depending on your personality, preferences and the concerns you would like to address.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychologist
- Member NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
- Member Institute of Counselling Psychology (ICounsPsy)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology
- Master of Health Science in Psychology (First Class Honours)
Background and Experience
I have experience working with adults with a range of mental health difficulties including anxiety disorders (panic, OCD, PTSD, phobias and generalised anxiety), depression and substance use concerns (alcohol and other drugs, including misuse of prescription medications). I also have experience working with everyday life problems, such as worry, relationship difficulties, stress management, managing emotions, developing identity and improving self-esteem.
I currently work for a district health board and maintain my small private practice after hours at the Fillan Healthcare satellite clinic in Avondale.