Adolescents, adults, couples, families.
Areas of Special Interest
Relationships, life transitions, self esteem, anxiety, depression, stress, grief & loss, trauma, family issues, family violence, sexual abuse, spirituality, working with dreams. Clinical supervision for a wide range of helping professionals.
It's essential to find the right "fit" in a counsellor, as a foundation for the important work to be done.
You will find me warm, supportive, welcoming and professional. I am committed to being up front with you at all times. You will experience me listening really closely and deeply, as bit by bit, or maybe all in a rush, you find your way, at your pace, to tell me what you need me to know. I am generous with my feedback, which I aim to present as positively and usefully as I can.
In these ways, we build a mutual trust that enables the issues to be more fully brought to the surface. This then triggers the creative process of generating and exploring new and life-changing ways of responding to the issues.
I continue to marvel at how this process of co-creativity between client and counsellor can so often, and sometimes, so surprisingly, lead to safe, effective, long-term changes for the better.
(Note: I no longer take new ACC clients)
Fundamentally person-centred, solution focussed, based on a foundation of understandings from family systems therapy, narrative therapy, feminist therapy, dreamwork, gestalt, psychodramatic role theory, cognititve-behavioural therapy (CBT).
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC), member since 1994.
- Dream Network Aotearoa/New Zealand
- BA Hons (Sociology & Women's Studies)
- Trained Teachers Certificate
- Certificate in Applied Dreamwork
Background and Experience
I began my professional career over 40 years ago, working with couples in the then-national relationship services agency, moving to work as a counsellor / supervisor in the public health sector. Then, for many years, I managed a counselling agency in the not-for-profit sector, working with whoever arrived on the doorstep, and doing extensive Family Court and ACC Sensitive Claims counselling (Note: I no longer take new ACC clients), and co-facilitating groups addressing family violence. Since 1990, I have been self-employed as counsellor and supervisor.
I have wide-ranging supervision experience - with established counsellors and therapists, student counsellors, medical personnel (doctors, nurses), social workers, case managers, community support workers, managers from a number of different work settings.