Adolescents, adults, couples, families.
Areas of Special Interest
Grief & loss, Self-esteem/identity, Anxiety, Stress, Anger, Depression, Addiction (substances, obsessions), Sexual issues, Relationship issues, Cultural issues, Migration stress/integration.
I often say to clients that coming to a counselling session is like carrying in a heavy backpack that can be safely unpacked and re-packed in a way that makes it lighter to carry.
Talking with a professional counsellor may help you understand and manage feelings, thoughts, and issues in your life. It is done in a safe and confidential relationship with another person.
When considering whether to start counselling or not, you may be experiencing issues in a variety of different areas of your life. These may include: your physical world (for example sleep, body image, exercise, sexuality amongst other); your social world (the way you relate to those close to you); your thoughts and feelings (how these may be overwhelming or uncontrollable); and your sense of how you connect or not, to the broader world or universe (this may be as simple as listening to music, walking in nature, meditating or spiritual expression)
I am professionally trained in Person-centred therapy, Psychodynamics, Mindfulness, ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Existential Therapy and TA (Transactional Analysis). Compassion is core to my work, and how we make meaning in our lives despite the challenges it presents to us.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Member of the Association of Contextual and Behavioural Science (MACBS)
- Bachelor of Arts – University of Natal (Durban)
- Post Graduate Honours – University of Natal (Durban)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Counselling)(Dist) – University of Auckland
- Masters of Education (Counselling) (Hons) – University of Auckland
Background and Experience
I was born and lived in Africa until moving to New Zealand sixteen years ago. I am an experienced counsellor and in addition to my private practice, have worked at one of New Zealand's leading universities as a counsellor. I utilise a person-centred, psychodynamic and eclectic approach in counselling, embracing mindfulness and respect for the inherent strength within the individual.
I have worked with people from many cultures around the world and have amongst other things, a keen interest in cultural difference and marginalization. I am aware of complex issues that surround us and sometimes stop us from reaching our potential in whatever form that may be.
I provide clinical supervision to Provisional and Full Members of the NZAC.