Areas of Special Interest
Clients experiencing bereavement and loss, relationship/sexuality challenges, living with a life limiting medical diagnosis, anxiety and depression, trauma and abuse (psychological, sexual, physical) or disruptive life change.
The first thing we will do together is understand what has brought you to see me and establish some aims for our work, based on your specific situation. We will talk about your history, family, work and social circumstances so that whatever is happening for you can be understood in context. Through this process we will get a deeper understanding of who you are, and the aim and direction of our conversations will evolve from there.
People come to me for help with difficult situations, thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Often this means they have symptoms of anxiety or depression, are facing a personal crisis or significant change.
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “Not all those who wander are lost.”
There exists in every person the necessary resource and strength to tolerate, to heal, to adapt, to evolve and to grow. My job is to help you digest whatever is troubling for you and to help you find clarity, to find a way through and forward.
I bring kindness, pragmatism, experience, empathy and professionalism to my work. I offer both short and long-term psychotherapy and welcome people of all cultures, spiritualities, sexual and gender identities.
My training is in psycho-dynamic psychotherapy, an approach based in a well-developed and complex theory of human development and interaction. In a nutshell, while we work together in the here and now, we will also try to understand ‘how you got here’. You'll get a better feeling for the path you are on.
Every client is different, and I will draw on a range of theories of psychotherapy to support our discussions. My work is informed by attachment and object relations theories and I am interested in the ways existentialist practitioners have successfully worked with their clients, particularly around bereavement and loss.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychotherapist
- Post Graduate Diploma Health Science (Psychotherapy)
- Master of Arts (Honours)
Background and Experience
I have considerable experience working as part of the counselling team at Dove Hospice, a private day hospice in Glendowie. I have also worked with a diverse group of private clients through the (subsidised) psychotherapy clinic at AUT.
Counselling and psychotherapy is my second career. I worked in the corporate and public sector setting for many years as a social researcher, specialising in qualitative research. I am currently completing my dissertation for a Master of Psychotherapy.