Adolescents, adults, couples, families.
Areas of Special Interest
Anxiety and Worry, Depression, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Abuse, Phobias, Relationship difficulties, Self-esteem, Life Challenges and Transitions, Communication, Behaviour Problems, Parenting, Online/Internet-related issues, and many other issues.
"The more we use our imagination to know ourselves and others better, the more adept we are likely to be at negotiating the interpersonal world we inhabit"
Brigitte is a psychotherapist who has experience working with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, family dynamics and trauma. Brigitte sees adults (individuals and couples), adolescents and families for long term and short term psychotherapy. She is trained in psychodynamic therapies and provides a safe and professional space for clients to explore and understand dynamics that may be affecting their well-being.
Brigitte can help clients gain an increased understanding of themselves, and help clients learn strategies to work through the problems they are experiencing. This can allow for a more purposeful and meaningful life. Brigitte works with her clients collaboratively defining goals of therapy.
The goal of psychotherapy is to encourage people to develop a greater understanding of their motivations, family dynamics and enables the discovery of more appropriate and healthy coping strategies.
Brigitte has a particular interest in attachment theory, which consider that the attachment patterns in childhood have far-reaching effects on relationship skills and their mental representations in adult life. This is explored through the narrative process of therapy. For example, couples are attracted to one another if there is some kind of ‘fit’ between their own inner world and that of the other. Areas of pain and vulnerability will inevitably come into play.
Brigitte also has a special interest in the impact of human development and people's social media use (and other online issues) and how this might impact on their attachments and ways of relating.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychotherapist
- Member of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
- ACC Registered Counsellor
- Masters in Psychotherapy
- Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy
- Bachelor of Arts - Honours (Psychology)
- Diploma in Counselling Skills & Theories
Background and Experience
Brigitte has worked the clients in both agency and private practice. In her role as a psychotherapist she has experience working with clients suffering from depression, grief, anger, loss, anxiety, worry, post-traumatic stress disorder, and those with a history of trauma and abuse, amongst other things. Brigitte is comfortable working with a range of clients' ethnicities, cultures and ways of life and is able to empathise with her clients and their position. Brigitte also have experience working with “every day” issues such as stress, relationship problems, work challenges, communication difficulties and working with parents in relation to challenges they have had with their children.