Areas of Special Interest
I work mainly from an ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) perspective, and also use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy with survivors of trauma, which is my particular area of expertise.
I offer psychological therapy to older adolescents and adults who present with a wide range of difficulties including, but not limited to:
- Depression, low mood, ‘the blues’
- Anxiety difficulties – chronic, general, or specific worries
- Effects of past trauma
- Stress and adjustment issues
- Relationship difficulties
- Life transitions
I help people disconnect from unhelpful thoughts, cope with intense emotions, solve problems effectively, accept what can't be changed, and connect into values as a way to guide behaviour and achieve meaningful goals. It's not about making life perfect or being happy all the time; it's about living life to the fullest in spite of, or perhaps because of, the challenges that arise.
My approach is to focus on the person, rather than the problem, and I use a validating and friendly approach and evidence-based practice to support people to find their strengths and resilience in order to cope more effectively with life stressors. Therapy is targeted and focused, with the aim of helping people live rich, full and rewarding lives.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Clinical Psychologist
- Member NZ College of Clinical Psychologists (MNZCCP)
- Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS)
- EMDR Association of Australia (EMDRAA)
- ACC Registered Counsellor
- Victim Support Registered Counsellor
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (University of Auckland)
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (First Class Honours in Psychology, University of Auckland)
Background and Experience
I am a registered Consultant Clinical Psychologist with 16 years’ experience in adolescent and adult mental health. Over these years I have worked in clinical, leadership, training, and community roles. I am trained and experienced in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), trauma-informed therapies, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), family systems theory, mindfulness-based therapies, strength-based and solution-focused therapies, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). I have worked in both the private and public health sectors and now see adults and older adolescents for a wide range of difficulties.
I provide clinical supervision to psychologists and other registered health professionals, including counsellors, doctors, nurses, and occupational therapists.