Adolescents, adults, couples.
Areas of Special Interest
Post Traumatic Stress, Anxiety (Panic, OCD, worry, stress), depression, low mood, self-harm, grief, addictions, eating disorders, depersonalisation, derealisation, understanding your personality and the cornerstones of resilience and wellbeing.
I am trained in a wide range of evidence based therapies which I tailor to your individual needs. These include:
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).
EMDR is a leading evidence based treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. EMDR will help you process negative life events that keep you 'stuck.' I can help you process the negative beliefs you have attached to a situation. This can result in permanent brain change.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Through CBT you will learn how to identify, evaluate and challenge unhelpful ways of thinking that keep you stuck. CBT is effective for treating depression, anxiety, eating disorders and addiction.
This therapy uncovers early schemas (core beliefs about yourself and the world). These beliefs become your reality. You will gain insight into yourself and learn to break negative patterns of behaviour. Schema therapy is helpful for managing intense emotional states, depression and anxiety.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
ACT involves learning to change your relationship with problematic thoughts and feelings, tolerate distress and get present (mindfulness). ACT is effective for treating depression, anxiety and other psychological problems.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is an incredibly important vehicle for change. I genuinely care about the people I see and have a warm, validating approach.
Together, we can explore your early history, significant experiences, thoughts and feelings that explain how you have reached this point.
Treatment may involve learning new ways of thinking along with effective strategies to help you manage your difficulties. These techniques can literally reshape your brain.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Clinical Psychologist
- Member NZ College of Clinical Psychologists (MNZCCP)
- Member of NZ EMDR Association
- Master of Science (Distinction) - Otago University
- Diploma of Clinical Psychology - Otago University
- Bachelor of Science - Otago University
Background and Experience
I have over 10 years experience working across a wide range of settings including private practice and several adult Community Mental Health Teams across New Zealand. I currently work at a Consultant level within the CCDHB.
My interest in anxiety states led me to co-create a mobile application to help people manage anxiety and panic. This can be found at calmkeeperapp.com.
I work with a number of individuals, who I see privately, or through organisations such as ACC, NZ Police and the Family Court.
I have spoken to several community groups, particularly on the subject of anxiety, managing stress and resilience.
I have completed formal supervision training through the CCDHB, where I facilitate group and individual supervision for staff.
I regularly attend peer supervision groups and am involved in supervising other Clinical Psychologists.