Adolescents, adults, couples.
Areas of Special Interest
I provide therapeutic support for individuals and couples experiencing difficulties including trauma including sexual abuse and violence, anger, anxiety, depression, parental overwhelm, life transitions, sexuality and gender identification.
My therapeutic approach is founded on being responsive to you as a whole person, drawing on your existing strengths and support, and being in tune with your needs and experiences. I believe in the human impulse toward growth and wellness, and don’t believe therapy is about “fixing” you.
Some of my central values are to live and work with kindness, compassion, curiosity and respect. I warmly welcome people from all cultures, backgrounds, identities and orientations. The trust and connection in the relationship between you and me is absolutely central to our therapy.
I approach therapy collaboratively and pluralistically. This means I don’t believe there’s one set way or method of counselling that is right for everyone, nor do I believe I have all the answers. I am drawn to warm, embodied, mindful and affirming ways of being in the counselling room. My training approach is fully supported by evidence and research, and integrates the body-mind connection.
I work with both individuals and couples, and have included information about the ways I work on my website.
I pride myself on my integrity and being a clear communicator. I am honest about my areas of expertise, and I will endeavour to find someone who can help you if I cannot.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (ProvMNZAC)
- Member of the New Zealand Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NZCEFT)
- Masters of Counselling (Massey University)
- Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy (3 year programme from the Hakomi Institute)
- Post-Graduate Diploma of Teaching: Primary (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
- Honours degree in Literature: New Zealand and Children’s fiction (Victoria University of Wellington)
- Bachelor of Arts (Victoria University of Wellington)
Background and Experience
I work with individuals and couples in my private practice where I am experienced in working across a number of life challenges that my clients bring. I work with groups in my part time work at Jigsaw Whanganui where I facilitate group work with mothers experiencing overwhelm in their role as a parent.
My comprehensive and ongoing training in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy provides the foundation for the way I work as a therapist. Beyond reflective listening or problem solving, Hakomi is an experiential and body-centred psychotherapy. It is founded on the principle that the body serves as a resource that reflects and stores formative memories, and the core beliefs they have generated.