In 2001 I was awarded a Masters of Educational psychology (Honours), at which time I was also employed by the Taylor centre (a community mental health centre run by Auckland District Health Board New Zealand). Since then I have undertaken further post graduate study and completed the post graduate diploma in CBT with Distinction, Gottman Method Couples’ Therapy Level I,II and III, and a Certificate in DBT . My clinical practice is such that I can evaluate and treat clients within these frameworks (CBT, Gottman & DBT). I am able to work with adolescents, adults, and couples.
While employed at the Taylor centre my primary focus was on the early intervention of first episode psychosis, where often I worked with complex and co morbid diagnoses. Not only did I provide intensive intervention for young clients with first episode psychosis and their families, but I also provided CBT sessions for clients with both axis one and two diagnoses.
I am experienced in treating depression, anxiety, anger and stress management issues, addictions, phobia. I often run group therapy sessions for depression, anxiety, eating disorders and addiction (alcohol, drugs, gambling and sex).
I left NZ in 2004 and lived and worked in the Asia Pacific region as an expatriate until my return to NZ in March 2015. Over this time, I expanded my skill set to meet the needs of my clients. I have extensive experience working with personality disorders, infidelity, communication problems between partners, and intimacy issues. I have a deep understanding of the many issues and difficulties surrounding the relocation of a family internationally.