Areas of Special Interest
Anxiety, depression, addiction issues, trauma and dreams/nightmares. Health and disability issues. Spirituality and faith. Relationship issues. Grief, change and post-abortion recovery.
Life is made up of many important strands. At times, it’s hard to make sense of these and how they can fit together. When this happens to you, I can provide a safe supportive service to help you look at the parts that make up who you are and find ways to bring them together. This provides opportunity for you to develop a more connected way of living which can then sustain you and those you support.
In counselling, you get to talk about your life and experiences in your own way. As I listen to you talk about your concerns and problems, I will offer you feedback and ask questions to help you to see these differently. This gives you the opportunity to think and feel about your situation in new ways. We can talk about new ways of problem solving that you can try. We will celebrate the positive steps you have considered and taken towards the life that you want to live.
I use a combination of Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, client centred connecting skills, dreamwork and body orientated processing to help you find relief and resilience. At times I will also support you to use drawing/writing/movement as ways to get a new perspective of your concern/s, your resources and explore options for acceptance and/or change.
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Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Member of Drug And Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa-New Zealand (DAPAANZ)
- Associate Member of Association of Christian Spiritual Directors (ACSD)
- Dream Network Aotearoa New Zealand (DNANZ)
- ACC Registered Counsellor
- Bachelor of Counselling
- Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
- Certificate in Applied Dreamwork
- Certificate in Health, Disability, and Aged Support (Advocacy)
- Certificate of Graduation of Te Wairua Mahi In the Ministry of Spiritual Direction
Background and Experience
My professional experience includes, addiction counselling in prison, health and disability advocacy with people of all ages and Ethics administration in a counselling professional body. Other work experience includes hospitality, disability support work, and counselling in community agencies. I am a Spiritual Director trained in the Ignatian tradition and offer this to people with religious and non-religious spirituality.
I have had the privilege of supporting people with physical and intellectual impairments, mental illness, and progressive health conditions. I have also supported Maori and Pacific people, women and men with English as their second language including those from a refugee background. I have completed advanced trauma training with Judy Lightstone.