Adolescents, adults, couples.
Areas of Special Interest
Depression, self-esteem, stress and anxiety, relationship, workplace issues, trauma, abuse, PTSD, social isolation, anger, parenting, life changes, sexual abuse, upbringing issues, sexual identity, grief, life transitions.
My approach involves seeking to establish a safe working relationship in counselling, so that my clients feel comfortable to share whatever they feel they need to. I am respectful of my clients’ ability to run their own lives, while offering my insights, understanding, and an independent perspective when needed.
I hope to create a focused and spacious environment to explore your issues, helping you to understand the factors that might have contributed to your current situation, and enabling you to find new ways to view, approach and resolve the issues that you bring to counselling.
I offer both short and longer-term counselling and I have experience working with more complex issues including with those who have experienced trauma.
I use a holistic approach in counselling by taking all aspects of a person and their life experiences into account when working with them. I aim to develop a good rapport and from this platform I believe the counselling can move forward more productively.
I draw on many different theories and approaches from many years of training and my own personal and professional development. I like to adjust the way I work to best suit the person I'm working with.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Bachelor of Counselling
- Certificate in Helping Skills
Background and Experience
Previously, I have had 11 years experience working part-time in tertiary counselling, including in leadership roles. I have also worked in private practice at locations in the the CBD and Glen Eden for many years, seeing people of all ages, and from many cultures and walks of life. I also provide counselling through several EAP companies offering free counselling to employees
I provide supervision to counsellors and therapists both in training and to those already qualified. My approach and philosophy places particular emphasis on the therapeutic relationship. I value Client-Centred, Attachment, Psychodynamic theories among others, and I draw on my own personal development and interest in spirituality and mindfulness to guide the way I work and relate to others. My supervision style is less about going in-depth into theoretical constructs but more about building a supportive and safe environment for you to bring the depth and breadth of your therapeutic practice and to support you with the demands, challenges and rewards of the work.