Children, adolescents, adults.
Areas of Special Interest
Feeling stuck & overwhelmed, sadness, stress, depression, anxiety, anger, decision-making, life transitions, trauma, relationship issues.
Children, adolescents, teenagers:
sadness, shyness, bullying, anger, disruptive behaviour, depression, anxiety.
We live in a complex world with many demands on us that affect our emotional wellbeing. I believe that every individual has within them their own creativity to work through these challenges and demands. I bring in all my experience and skills to help you access your own creativity, work through the barriers and experience contentment and satisfaction in life.
I have a special interest in working with immigrants as they navigate the acculturation experience. Particularly, I work with 1st generation immigrants from India with acculturation issues such as – workplace issues, differences in values, differences in parenting in New Zealand, etc. I also help children and teenagers of 1st generation immigrants with the challenges of balancing their own cultural values while integrating Kiwi values.
Counselling for children:
Children also experience distress that gets communicated either in their behaviour (aggression, disruptiveness, attention struggles) or their emotions (anger, depression and anxiety). This usually creates frustration and worry for you as a parent. I help children give expression to their emotions and needs in insightful ways so they can continue to be curious and creative in order to improve the quality of their relationships to themselves, with family, with peers and school.
My approach to therapy is collaborative and creative. We will focus on developing a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship to create long term change. I have worked with a diverse range of people and I bring in all my experience and skill to help you achieve your therapy goals.
I am experienced helping children of all ages negotiate the trials of childhood and will connect with them empathically and kindly. Play is the language of children and play-based, creative, non-directive and expressive therapeutic interactions help in generating lasting change for them. I work hard to balance providing children their autonomy during sessions, while also empowering parents to support the gains their children make in therapy.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Counselling Psychologist
- International Affiliate American Psychological Association
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology (AUT)
- Master of Clinical Psychology - Mental Health Counselling (University of Indianapolis, USA)
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences (AUT)
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (University of Pune, India)
Background and Experience
I have lived in New Zealand since 2006 and have worked in community health organizations, addiction rehabilitation and private practice.
I have helped adults with anger, personal and professional relationships, emotions (sadness, depression, anxiety) and addictions. I have worked for several years helping children, adolescents and teenagers experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties and have also worked with parents in developing effective parenting techniques to guide behaviour positively.