Adolescents, adults, couples, families.
Areas of Special Interest
Anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relational communication, life transitions and change, separation and divorce, parenting through separation, abuse, addressing guilt or shame, trauma therapy.
The frequency and length of time for counselling sessions will depend on what your needs are and why you have come to counselling. I offer both short term and long term counselling and psychotherapy to clients who are struggling with finding a sense of self, enjoyment or fulfilment in life.
I am experienced with working with trauma and PTSD that has become embedded/embodied. This means that I will help connect the mind and body after the experience of trauma and integrate the parts that may have become fractured. We can work together to help you to live with the memories of the past without being overwhelmed with them in the present.
I am trained to help you understand and modify your own behavioural and emotional patterns, to deal with whatever this brings to light and support you through your process. This creates a space where you can have increased awareness and a fresh perspective on your past and present difficulties.
If you have received a diagnosis of PTSD, I can recommend the book “The Body Keeps The Score” Bessel Van Der Kolk. It provides an in-depth explanation of the mind, brain and body in the transformation of trauma.
My approach to therapy is from a holistic and integrative perspective and is tailored to my clients individual needs.
I use a range of counselling modalities including:
- Person-Centred Therapy
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- TA Integrated Psychotherapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Solution Focussed Therapy
- Mind-Body Attunement
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Diploma in Professional Counselling
- Certified Massage Therapist
Background and Experience
I have over 20 years experience in the social services field. This includes advocacy, working in mental health and family therapy, as well as private practice.
I am passionate about the wellbeing of our future generations and currently volunteer as a mentor for a charitable youth trust.