Areas of Special Interest
I work with various issues affecting mamas and mamas-to-be, e.g. depression, anxiety, adjusting to life with baby, distress, confidence, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, decisions re work and career, difficulty bonding with baby, and more.
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new."
Becoming a mother is a massive life transition and not only impacts the way you see the world, but also, and especially how you see yourself. During the busy-ness and chaos of these first few months and years, a new mum can easily lose a sense of herself and her place in the world. There is so much to take in and process, but so little time and space to do it. Taking care of a little human is demanding and all-encompassing, and can drain you of all energy to the point where it feels that you have nothing left to give.
I offer a safe, supportive space where mums can reflect on their unique motherhood experience and where I help them to process that which needs to be processed in order for them to grow and move forward. Growth does not happen without challenge, and therefore I believe that early motherhood is a time rich in possibility for personal growth and development. Consciously engaging with this process will ultimately lead to a richer, more delightful and rewarding motherhood experience that will benefit not only yourself, but also your little one/s.
I approach my work with mums through a “holistic lens” and believe that in order to be healthy, happy and thriving, attention needs to be given to the interactions between biological, psychological, and social factors.
I am trained in a number of therapeutic modalities, which I integrate depending on each client’s unique needs. These include:
- psychodynamic relational work
- insight-focused therapy
- cognitive behavioural therapy
- solution-focused therapy
- coaching psychology
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Clinical Psychologist
- Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology – cum laude
- Bachelor of Arts Honours (Psychology) – cum laude
Background and Experience
I’ve completed my training in Clinical Psychology in 2010 and have since gained diverse clinical and diagnostic experience from working in both the public and private sector. I have worked with adults and children dealing with various issues, offering assessments and psychotherapy.
Since moving to New Zealand in 2014, I have worked at Auckland Sexual Abuse HELP and have also completed training as a life coach.
I have always had an interest in maternal mental health, but after becoming a mother myself, I decided to pursue this area of interest more fully and have engaged in further professional development to specialise in this field.