Adults, couples, supervision.
Areas of Special Interest
Family, partner, and work relationships, life transitions,adoption, trauma, sexuality, immigration, personal growth, mood difficulties and addictions, mind/body issues (eg auto-immune dis-ease), managing what really can’t be changed in the best ways possible.
Some people come to me knowing that they need to make a commitment to psychotherapy for some time to ensure fundamental change, and others come to solve a particular problem in an otherwise satisfying life, which takes less time. We review our work regularly so that you can see where you are in relation to your original aims.
Depending on your intention, you may expect any or all of the following:
- to improve your relationship with yourself and with others
- to experience increased effectiveness and satisfaction in your life
- to deepen the sense of purpose or meaning in your life.
My practice is LGBT friendly.
I am committed to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
I offer something different to each individual, depending on what will be most helpful. I will respect your strengths as well as acknowledging your problems or vulnerabilities. I will aim to understand your unique experience of the issues you want to address.
I draw on knowledge from cognitive-affective neuroscience about how change occurs and on well -researched ideas about how the combination of unique individual factors and early experiences inclines us to think, relate and behave in certain ways. We may focus on the past, on current issues, on everyday matters, or on those experiences or concerns which are hard to voice in everyday life.
I will be committed to being an active partner in your journey towards increased happiness and better health, which means being responsive, pro-active and honest - and ensuring no over-long silences.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychotherapist
- Member New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
- Associate Member Waka Oranga
- MindBody Network- an inter-disciplinary association
Background and Experience
- I have enjoyed working as a therapist for over 25 years
- I am experienced in working with people aged 18-80 from diverse cultures and backgrounds in the UK and in Aotearoa NZ
- Trained at the Minster Centre London, 1987, practicing since.
- Experienced and trained in psychodynamic, humanistic and body approaches
- Worked in private and public sectors in UK and in Aotearoa NZ
- Co-founded a successful university-validated psychotherapy and counselling training programme in UK, in which I was a Co-Director and trainer for 17 years.
- Currently contributing to the Psychotherapy training programme at AUT
- Co-authored a book on the Person-Centred approach.
- Contributed numerous papers and book chapters to the field of psychotherapy
I trained as a supervisor in 1992, at Metanoia in London. I continue to enjoy collaborating with experienced and less experienced psychotherapy colleagues to facilitate growth and professional development, and thus the best possible outcomes for clients. I offer individual and group supervision.
I also offer supervision to professionals from other disciplines, including those who work with the body, who want to enhance their practice.
I recognise that at different times in professional development, different combinations of supervisor skills are more or less useful. Whatever your level of experience, my attitude is one of respect, empathic understanding and transparency.
Aside from my training and personal and professional experience, my work as a supervisor is influenced by Robin Shohet, Carl Rogers and Norman Kagan. I have published on the metaphor of a good midwife as a good supervisor ('Maieusis' in Freedom to Practice Vol II, Tudor, K and Worrall, M (eds) PCSS Books).