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 am comfortable working both short and long-term and I have had considerable experience working long-term with trauma and more complex issues.
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. These theories include:
- Transactional Analysis
- Family Systems
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Bachelor of Counselling
- Certificate in Helping Skills
Background and Experience
I have 11 years experience working in a tertiary counselling setting, most recently as Team Leader of the counselling service. In this role I enjoyed supporting people from many cultures and of different ages with the issues and challenges they were facing as they juggled the demands of life and study. I have also worked in private practice from my office at my home in Glen Eden for several years seeing people of all ages and from all walks of life.
In addition to my qualifications I have completed 5 Years of Transactional Analysis Training for a CTA and Integrative Psychotherapy Trainings with Dr Richard Erskine.
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.