Children, adolescents, adults, couples, families.
Areas of Special Interest
Stress, anxiety, child behaviour problems, parenting, self-esteem, couples counselling, depressive disorders, grief, frozen feelings, miscarriage, loss of a child, work/life balance, family relationships, PTSD, phobias, bedwetting/soiling, bullying.
Our wellbeing is deeply affected by issues such as anxiety, grief, and conflict in relationships. It is hugely important to be accompanied as we try to change our lives. Talking with an experienced therapist can help clarify the next steps towards having a more connected and peaceful life.
One of the keys to being able to make positive changes (as shown by the research) is having a good relationship with a therapist. This not only helps us make progress, but also reduces the risk of giving up if new steps feel too hard. Having someone kind to listen carefully to issues, fears and emotional pain is deeply reassuring, and once these are out in the open they are much easier to solve. Because of the importance of the therapeutic relationship, the first, and most important step, is choosing a therapist based on how comfortable we are in their presence.
Therapy helps us reconnect with ourselves and our key relationships. It facilitates identifying and shifting the beliefs that organise our inner emotional worlds (often developed by overwhelming experiences in childhood). When we are more comfortable in ourselves, relationships, and life in general, flow.
I use several different approaches, which have been established as being effective through research. These include EMDR, for trauma, anxiety and phobias, and cognitive behavioural techniques for difficulties with self-esteem, major depressive disorder and parenting. With child behaviour problems (such as sleep, eating, tantrums and soiling), I work with both the child/youth and the families/parents. It is important that parents learn to work together as a team and inconsistent or different approaches to problem behaviour can be contributing to difficulties.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Clinical Psychologist
- Member NZ College of Clinical Psychologists (MNZCCP)
- Victim Support Registered Counsellor
- Master of Arts
- Diploma in Clinical Psychology
- Diploma in Teaching.
Background and Experience
I started working as a Clinical Psychologist in 1986. Initially, I worked with adults, many of whom were suffering from anxiety and stress. I then began working with children, youth and their families who were referred for a huge range of difficulties. Much of this was part time as I parented my own children. I have had experience working in the Family Court and most recently was working in Canterbury University, supervising and teaching trainee Child and Family Psychologists.
I have training in supervision following the SIT model, and have taught supervision workshops. I enjoy supporting clinicians to clarify their thinking or issues with clients and also, their workplace issues. Supervision is an important part of helping prevent therapists from suffering from burnout.