Adolescents(17+), adults, couples, families.
Areas of Special Interest
I have experience working with adolescents (17+), adults, couples and families. The kind of problems I work with and therapy modes I incorporate are outlined below.
I believe in therapy because it can help people to make meaningful changes in their lives. I like the metaphor of a jigsaw puzzle. You come to therapy because the pieces of your life feel scattered. You may be overwhelmed by difficult emotions, confused in your thinking and disconnected from the people and things that matter. Therapy helps to pull the puzzle pieces back together, so that you can have a clearer picture.
I facilitate a therapeutic process guided by your hopes for change, in partnership with my knowledge and experience. My aim is to help you gain clarity and take steps towards reconnecting with your values so that you can live a more meaningful life.
It’s important to note that therapy is not always easy, and can even be quite confronting at times. However, if you are willing to fully engage with the process, you are likely to reap the benefits.
My main goal as a therapist is to help people process and make sense of their challenges, develop new insights and to make practical behavioural changes so they can reconnect to the important things in their life. I work to facilitate a therapeutic process which is guided by your hopes for change in partnership with my knowledge and experience of mental health. I adopt therapy practice from a number of different modes, including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Family Systems Therapy and information gleaned from human physiology and neuro-psychology.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Clinical Psychologist
- Member NZ College of Clinical Psychologists (MNZCCP)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (2008)
- Masters of Science - Major in Clinical Psychology (hons)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Family and Systems Therapy (2016)
Background and Experience
I have been a registered clinical psychologist for over 10 years and have worked across a number of different public health and private settings, including community mental health, public health organisations and within schools and GP practices. I have extensive experience conducting mental health assessments and working with people dealing with a wide range of life problems. Some of the common presentations include:
- Anxiety and stress related problems.
- Depression and mood related problems (including anger/aggression)
- Addictions – alcohol, drug, pornography
- Relationship challenges (works with singles, couples and families)
- Adolescent mental health and development (12years +)
- Parenting challenges
- Grief and Loss
I have experience offering clinical support in my various roles over the past five years. I currently supervise a number of psychologists and have availability to offer clinical supervision at the St Marys Bay clinic.