Areas of Special Interest
In addition to anxiety, depression and relationships, my special interests include career and workplace challenges; illness and disability; loss; life transition; and couples’ issues, including the complexities of cultural difference and neurological difference such as Asperger’s.
People seek help because they want things to be better, and we would start by exploring what “better” means for you. Through our mutual curiosity about your experience, thoughts, and feelings, we’ll gain a shared understanding of what you want for your life and your relationships, what might be getting in the way, and what might enable these obstacles to shift.
Psychotherapy can significantly change your experience of yourself and others, with ongoing effects on your choices, ways of relating, and sense of well-being. Alternatively, if your issue is quite specific (like a difficult decision or a current conflict), therapy can be brief and focused.
Psychotherapy is tailored to you. If patterns of thinking seem to be limiting you, we would explore the feelings and experiences that make these patterns so persistent. If overwhelming feelings seem to control your actions and relationships, we would focus on ways of making it easier for you to think. If you are coming with a partner, we would work with new patterns of relating that enrich your lives as individuals and as a couple.
Whether you are distressed by recent change, or something needs to change, we can work together to make an enduring difference.
My psychodynamic training emphasises that everything we think, do and feel makes sense, although underlying meanings are rarely obvious. My therapeutic style is conversational and reflective.
My primary focus is on the issues that are distressing you here and now. But if you are willing and time permits, we would also collaborate to enhance your freedom and resilience through a shared curiosity about the ways in which you necessarily adapted to past circumstances. By understanding how adaptive patterns originally made sense, we can more easily question whether they continue to serve you, and whether alternative ways of being and relating might now be possible.
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Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ)
- Member of New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
- Ngā Ao e Rua (“The Two Worlds”: psychotherapists committed to biculturalism)
- International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP)
- Master of Psychotherapy (Hons)
- Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy
- Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Hons)
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Hons)
Background and Experience
Business management roles over many years
Psychotherapist at dove house (Eastern Bays Hospice Trust), working with clients whose lives and relationships have been affected by life-threatening illness, caregiving, death and recovery
Private practice, working with issues of trauma and addiction; anxiety; depression; self-confidence; conflict resolution; relationships, intimacy and communication; family tensions; workplace stress; grief; spirituality and search for meaning
Master’s dissertation focusing on common ground between business concerns and psychodynamic psychotherapy, exploring the ways in which our universal needs for emotional safety affect organisational structure and individuals’ workplace experience.