Adolescents, adults, families.
Areas of Special Interest
I can help you explore a range of challenges relating to depression, anxiety and phobias, anger issues, trauma, and more. I have expertise working with young people, children and whānau as well as adults.
Therapy can be immensely helpful but it can be a big step for people, especially if you've never been before.
I utilise a range of therapies and try to tailor it to you and what your needs and goals are. The approach is talking based but also action focused with tasks or activities to take away with you and try out between sessions.
The benefits you might expect from therapy would be things like:
- Increased insight into what is going on for you or your whānau and how it might have developed.
- Developing strategies/skills to better cope or manage what you or your whānau are going through.
- A sense of safety and support to express what is going on for you or our whānau and being accepted.
- Awareness of relationships, culture, lifestyle and other factors which might impact how you or your whānau feeling.
It's good to keep in mind that therapy isn't a cure-all and there are some downsides sometimes, e.g., feeling upset talking about what's bothering you. We will try and maximise the benefits and minimise the risks so that you can get the most out of it.
I have expertise in a number of evidence-based therapies including:Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Family and Systemic Therapy. I have a working understanding of some Māori models of health and intervention.
What isn't in my approach?
Some people really want to deep dive into their past and understand what has happened to them which is completely understandable. While I do focus on building insight and understanding how you might have come to where you are, I also have a future-focused practical side. For example, what can we do now to manage the impact of past events, or see them in a different light.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Clinical Psychologist
- Member NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Environmental Science.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
- Masters of Social Science in Psychology (First Class).
- Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.
Background and Experience
I have been practicing as a Clinical Psychologist since 2016. I have worked in child and adolescent mental health services for those with moderate to severe mental health issues. I have also worked for the Department of Corrections doing assessment and treatment of adults for offending behaviours, as well as working on design and implementation of group treatment programmes and delivering supervision to psychologists and other professionals.
I was born in New Zealand. I whakapapa to Ngai te Rangi and Ngati Raukawa, and have Dutch and Irish connections.