Adults, couples, families, groups.
Areas of Special Interest
Separation and divorce, surviving abusive relationships, blended families, grief, depression, anxiety, communication, parenting, life-work balance, chronic disease, confidence, bullying, immigration, parents of children with learning difficulties.
We all have time in our lives when we need to talk to someone. Often it is our friends, or family, who we reach out to. Sometimes we can not talk about our problems with our loved ones.
Perhaps they don't understand? Perhaps what you need to say won't be well received? Or perhaps there is no one who you can talk to. A counsellor can be that someone.
You might be bothered about things in your past that keep popping up, have feelings you don't understand. Maybe stressed out due to divorce, house move, no personal time, finances, kids or work. You might be feeling worried about exams, relationships, bullies, parents, children or ill health. Or maybe you have moved, had a change in circumstances or have few friends.
I have worked with people young and old, men and women, from many different backgrounds and I might be able to help.
Sometimes talking about how we feel can help us to feel better and can help us to change the way we think and feel.
Finding our way in life can be challenging. If you are feeling a little emotional or uncertain talking might help.
I mostly work within the frameworks of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy and Client Centred Therapy, although I have also some experience of Gestalt and Solution Focused Therapy. I believe that most human beings are inherently good, and are the expert in their own lives. I listen, and help to you to understand your thoughts and feelings. At times I might present an alternative view point, or gently challenge, with the intention of helping you find solutions that will suit you in your life.
I am training in Psychodrama. Some of the methods within this therapeutic modality can be very useful in a counselling setting. Don't worry - you probably won't even notice them. I also like to use humour when appropriate.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Associate Member Australia and New Zealand Psychodrama Association (AANZPA)
- Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology - (Brunel University, UK)
- Diploma in Professional Counselling (NZIPC)
Background and Experience
I came to counselling later in life. For nearly two decades I worked as a Marketing Communications Manager in a number of large organisations, in a number of market sectors, both in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom.
A career change saw me return to my original area of study (Psychology) and I trained to be a counsellor. I completed my studies in 2014, and since then have been working in private practice, working with a range of clients, with a range of family and personal issues.
I am happily married for the second time, and have two children and a dog.