Areas of Special Interest
Anxiety, depression, grief and loss, identity issues, trauma, PTSD, life transitions and change, body issues, relationships, breakups, divorce, parenting through separation, mental health issues, migration adjustment, toxic shame.
We would all like to live in a safe, comfortable home, a place that reflects our innate wish for balance and stability and creative self-expression. The outcome of psychotherapy can result in a feeling of being more ‘at home’ with yourself. Your inner home continues to be built throughout your lifetime. Psychotherapy will help you to clear out the things that are no longer useful to you, and replace them with others that will restore the natural flow of your life.
With my 20 years experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist I can help you to:
- declutter outdated belief systems and negative thoughts
- create space in your inner world, so you can follow your dreams/aspirations
- restore your inner structure which may have been undermined as a result of adverse childhood experiences and / or life crises
- open doors to deeper self-knowledge.
With a background in interior design I like the metaphor of being an ‘interior designer’ of the inner world. I’ll offer you my expertise, but you decide what you would like to build, restore, expand or add to your inner world. This process can lead to a sense of being more ‘at home’ with yourself, thus creating a base for rewarding relationships and a more meaningful life. We will work together in a collaborative way and I hope to earn your trust by providing a safe and nurturing therapeutic relationship.
I work well with a wide range of clients on the full continuum from short term brief therapy to long term psychotherapy for longstanding issues, supported by my training in psychodynamic therapy, CBT and Integrative Gestalt therapy.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychotherapist
- Member of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
- Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy
- Certificate in Swedish Massage
- Diploma in Textile Design
Background and Experience
I came to New Zealand 30 years ago. While I began my career in the health professions doing bodywork, coming into contact with my clients trauma led me on to studying psychotherapy at AUT, and I now have over 20 years’ experience working as a counsellor and psychotherapist. During this time I have worked at Lifeline, in refugee agencies in Auckland and Australia, and for 14 years as a psychotherapist for the Auckland District Health Board. I also have both clinical management and project management experience within the NGO service.
The strength of my experience is that I work well with a wide range of clients on the full continuum from short term brief therapy to longterm psychotherapy for longstanding issues.
I offer supervision to counsellors, psychotherapists, GPs and other health professionals. Along with my clinical and management experience, I will bring more than 10 years’ experience from a variety of settings as both an individual and team supervisor. I look forward to helping you be creative in how you grow in your role.
In particular I enjoy providing supervision and consultancy in the specialised area of migrant and refugee issues. I have expertise in working cross-culturally, including honouring traditional and spiritual pathways towards recovery. I have an in depth understanding of diversity, cultural values and holistic treatment approaches.