Adolescents, adults, couples, groups.
Areas of Special Interest
Addiction, anxiety, depression, acceptance and grief, communication, relationships and boundaries, emotional balance, relapse prevention, stress, parenting, de-escalation.
As an addictions counsellor I work with people whose alcohol and/or drug use is affecting their lifestyle and wellbeing. I will offer you brief interventions and treatment plans for your short and long term goals. I understand that sometimes we get stuck and need support to find a way forward. With your permission and in a collaborative process, I will work beside you to clear that pathway.
My goal is to help you find your power and your self belief, so that you can make your life more meaningful and fulfilling. This may be through working with low mood and risky thoughts, relationship breakups, hurt and healing. It could be about helping you accept internal experiences while moving towards a life you value. It may be helping you to hold painful thoughts and emotions with acceptance. It could be discovering that the path you are currently on may not be the best one for you right now, and looking at different options.
I believe we are all unique and the experts of ourselves. I will meet you where you are and with your readiness to change.
The strategies I use include;
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing and Purakau (MI).
- Narrative approaches.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Practitioner Member of the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa-New Zealand (DAPAANZ)
- Accredited Supervisor DAPAANZ
- Graduate Diploma Applied Addictions Studies [Weltec]
- L6 Certificate of Addiction and Mental Health Supervision [ABACUS]
- Early Childhood Development Certificate
- Postgraduate Diploma Journalism [Canterbury University]
- Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) [Victoria University, Wellington]
Background and Experience
I have worked as an addictions counsellor and group facilitator for 7 years. I am passionate about wellbeing and fairness, finding identity and purpose, and making our lives meaningful. I take an holistic approach to this, often referring to the Te Whare Tapa Wha model of wellness.
I am a fourth generation New Zealander. I have always lived in Wellington apart from 9 years working and travelling overseas.
I worked as a journalist before my 6 children lead me more into the community where I was involved with Playcentre for 14 years.
I was on the Women’s Refuge crisis line for 5 years. This humbling experience led me to further my studies in mental health and addiction, and to continue my work helping people find a better quality of life.
As a supervisor I bring discretion, and from a strengths-based focus, give feedback and reflection. I will listen and explore different options for handling issues. Together we can develop a process for resolution and choose a way forward.
I have found supervision to be essential in my own work to better my practice, and to feel respected and understood. Supervision provides support and reassures us as workers, while encouraging us and reaffirming our decisions. It can help clarify things we are confused about, make space for us to share confidentially and navigate through concerns and tough times.