Areas of Special Interest
Addictions, trauma, sexuality/gender issues, grief, self-esteem, relationships, anxiety, depression, lack of meaning in life.
provides tools to explore the ways in which our early relationships have shaped us. It encourages the development of a therapeutic relationship in which self-awareness can develop and we can begin to experiment with new solutions to old problems.
draws on more direct, solutions-focussed approaches. I value the 12 Steps and am happy to work with people who also use AA or NA to maintain their sobriety. Drawing on a psychodynamic framework, I can help clients explore any deeper issues underlying their addiction so they can begin to address these issues within the context of a supportive therapeutic relationship.
I also work very effectively with those who have been affected by others’ addictions
, for example, parents, partners or children. Living with another’s addictive behaviour is very likely to eventually affect one’s sense of being an independent person as well as the ability to build truly trusting relationships and to communicate confidently when relationships or friendships get tricky.
The healing potential of a therapeutic relationship can be something of a mystery but we all thrive given the right conditions for growth: warmth, concern, curiosity, trust and courage come to mind. I bring my whole self, as well as my training and my commitment to personal growth, into my relationships with clients. I am sensitive and respectful but can also be very straightforward when a no-nonsense approach is called for. Mindfulness-based approaches are an important aspect of my work in helping clients get to know themselves better and learn skills which enable them to attend to their struggles with kindness.
Signs of growth include better relationships, an increased engagement with life with all its joys and disappointments, less free-floating anxiety or dread, a clearer sense of life purpose, the ability to bear pain and loss without turning to substances or other destructive behaviours, and a deepened confidence in one’s own abilities.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ)
- Member NZ Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
- Registered Addictions Counsellor and Supervisor (DAPAANZ)
- ACC Registered Counsellor
- Masters of Psychotherapy (Hons)
- Post-graduate Certificate in Supervision
Background and Experience
My training is in psychodynamic psychotherapy which emphasises the links between early experiences and current dilemmas. I have many years experience supporting people who have experienced trauma in childhood or adulthood as well as with those affected by addictions. I also work with people who experience difficulties due to their sexuality and/or gender being perceived as outside the mainstream.