Areas of Special Interest
Relationship and interpersonal difficulties, perfectionism and shame, trauma, anxiety and depression. I particularly enjoy working with couples.
The therapy relationship is a partnership but you are the expert on your life. Human beings tend not to engage in behaviours that don't serve us in some way, even though these often become the things we most want to change. I will work with you to help you understand how your life has been shaped by your past experiences, how these experiences continue to shape the course of your life, and how you can shift those patterns that no longer serve you in order to create the life you want to live.
The therapy relationship helps you discover the wisdom and knowing that all of your experiences have given you. Understanding where we have come from lets us see more clearly where we are going. This allows us to make the changes we need to make to become more fulfilled and satisfied with life.
Psychotherapy provides a space to gain fresh insight by understanding ourselves more fully and developing greater compassion for who we are. Through bringing awareness to what is and exploring new ways of responding to life we can become free from unhelpful patterns and find happier, easier ways of being and relating.
In our increasingly fragmented and time-pressured lives we can often find ourselves feeling disconnected, deeply unhappy or just restless. Psychotherapy provides a safe space for you to enhance your connection to yourself and those around you, increasing your capacity for intimacy in your relationships and satisfaction with life.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychotherapist
- Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists (ProvMNZAP)
- Masters Psychotherapy - AUT
- Graduate Diploma Psychotherapy - AUT
- BSc (Hons) Psychology - University of York, England
- Diploma Childbirth Education - Aoraki Polytechnic
- Wellness and Recovery Action Planning Facilitator, Well Beyond Recovery
Background and Experience
Originally from England, I have spent the majority of my nearly 20 years in New Zealand, Aotearoa working for non-profit organisations. For several years I worked with an environmental group helping protect and preserve some iconic New Zealand landscapes, and for 4 years I worked with new mothers experiencing depression and anxiety around the arrival of their new baby. For several years I facilitated wellness groups where I have taught mindfulness and self-compassion skills.
Early in 2018 I completed the Emotionally Focussed Therapy externship to support my work with couples.