Areas of Special Interest
Trauma (sexual abuse/assault and other abuse related trauma), grief and loss, anxiety and depression, chronic pain management, management of chronic health conditions, clinical supervision, psycho-education programmes, EAP counselling.
My aim as a therapist is to help clients access their own internal wisdom by listening carefully to their mindbody, their story, and their sense of themselves and connections. Together we set goals for therapy and talk about how we will know these have been met or changed, if needed. We work together to gain an understanding of how your life struggles evolved and how best to work with the 'wounded-ness' that’s causing ongoing ‘stuck-ness’. Using the safety developed in the therapy relationship we work towards wholeness and a more contented life, towards thriving and flourishing.
I focus mainly on work with adults 20 years and over, although I incorporate couples and whanau/family work as needed. I use mindfulness-based MindBody and holistic approaches (sensory motor, somatosensory), psychotherapy, CBT, ACT and EMDR.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychologist
- Member NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
- NZ Institute of Health Psychologists
- NZ Pain Society
- International Association for the Study of Pain
- ACC Registered (Psych Services and Sensitive Claims)
- PhD (University of Auckland)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice (Massey University)
Background and Experience
Over the last 30 years I’ve worked in various health and psychology settings, as well as in clinical researcher positions on projects related to mindfulness, psychiatric diagnosis, sexual abuse, and drug and alcohol issues. I trained as a counsellor in community settings and at the same time completed a Masters in Psychology and then a PhD. I've had training opportunities in the US and Australia related to mindbody therapies, conflict management processes, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming).
Over the last 20 years I have supervised people from diverse disciplines (counselling, health psychology, physiotherapy, AOD counsellors, parliamentary secretaries, to name a few). I help people working in different professions identify and meet their needs related to staying healthy and well in their chosen professions. Getting the most out of their work and avoiding unnecessary burnout. Generally, supervisory work relates to client/colleague/organisation issues, professional development, and identifying and processing personal areas that stand in the way of working well.