Areas of Special Interest
Depression, anxiety, cultural and racial issues, gender identity, sexual orientation and sexual identity issues, grief and loss, trauma, sexual abuse, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, and personality disorders.
We can all learn to be responsive rather than reactive. Therapy and counselling is a supportive, warm and non-judgmental space to learn about yourself and to create new ways of being. Growth and the creation of new ways of being are available to everyone. For some this takes a short time, others longer. My role is to support you to become more conscious and aware of these patterns and to facilitate the development of a more robust, compassionate and awakened relationship with yourself and others.
I provide short term and long term counselling and psychotherapy from a mixed modality approach. My primary approach is a psychodynamic method which essentially is a way to become conscious of how your past experiences influence your current thinking, feeling, behavior and relating to yourself and others. In addition, I employ a framework of understanding from trauma research and Buddhist philosophic approach into the therapy which assists to build an understanding and strategies of responsiveness into daily life difficulties. My aim is to provide a warm, safe, supportive therapeutic space for you to gain insight, relief, freedom and growth in your life. My practice is LGBTIQ friendly.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychotherapist
- Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists (ProvMNZAP)
- ACC Registered Counsellor
- Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (AUT)
- Master of Psychotherapy (AUT)
- Bachelor of Counselling (WELTEC)
Background and Experience
I have trained and worked in the areas of Counselling and Psychotherapy since 2006, primarily working with adults and young adults.
In addition to my private practice work, I currently work as a psychotherapist for HELP Auckland, a specialist support service to sexual abuse and sexual assault survivors and for Segar-House-Rauaroha, a psychotherapy service which specialises in treatment for individuals with complex, and significant psychological problems. I am a group facilitator and individual psychotherapist at Segar-House.