Areas of Special Interest
Personal and work relationships, managing anxiety and depression, dealing with grief and loss, pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and early parenting issues, disordered eating, managing changes and life transitions, searching for identity and meaning.
My aim is to help people develop self-knowledge and skills to feel empowered and draw more fulfilment from their life. I offer a confidential, non-judgmental and supportive environment where it is possible to share what is troubling you.
Our sessions will give you an opportunity to become aware of thoughts, feelings, body responses, behaviours, etc... and to observe their impact on your life. We will question whether existing coping strategies are helpful or need to better match your current circumstances.
Through this process you will gain self-understanding and perspective. You will also become more aware of your values, needs and hopes, and of what may be jarring in your life. This offers the opportunity to identify what needs to change and how change can best be operated in harmony with your life and personality. I will help you develop strategies and skills to implement the change you seek.
The counselling relationship is also a place to mark milestones and celebrate achievements. Acknowledging your success will help us monitor our progress and make sure that we are on track. It also promotes a sense of competency, self-trust and autonomy.
I offer short-term and long-term counselling, face-to-face or on Skype.
I view counselling as a space to heal the wounds of hurtful relational dynamics and to promote respectful, satisfying and meaningful relationships with self and others. I aim at developing a collaborative and empowering relationship with clients. I believe it is highly important to build on existing resources and to draw from each person's own strengths, and abilities.
My primary modality is Psychosynthesis. It combines the theoretical understanding of Western psychology with the Eastern spiritual approach to human experience. Psychosynthesis is an evolving modality and draws from a wide range of frameworks and techniques. This means that my focus as a practitioner is to find the approach that best suits each individual client.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Diploma of Psychosynthesis Counselling
Background and Experience
I have worked in private practice since 2009, seeing adolescents and adults of both genders on one-on-one basis. I have experience both in brief, goal-oriented counselling (4-16 sessions) and long-term work, depending on the issues presented and the depth of work my clients want.
Prior to being a counsellor, I worked in the hospitality and travel industry for 17 years in a variety of roles and structures, giving me an understanding of the challenges of a range of workplaces and managing a balance between work and personal life.
I grew up in France and lived in Ireland and Germany before settling in NZ in 2001. I have insight on the issues faced by migrants both in their new country and their home land, and living across cultures.