Areas of Special Interest
Anxiety, Depression, Grief & Loss, Family difficulties, Peer difficulties, Stress & related issues, Self-esteem & confidence, Anger, Creativity issues, Relationship Difficulties.
I offer short term counselling and long term therapy to adults and adolescents who are seeking to explore and change patterns of behaviour, thoughts and feelings which are impacting negatively on the way they live their lives. Recognition of these patterns is the beginning of the journey towards self-understanding.
I offer a collaborative strength-based approach working alongside you at your pace. I encourage and support you to take one step at a time, on the road to understanding the difficulties you are working through. Everyone is an individual and so every therapeutic process is different. It is my belief that we all have within us the tools to support ourselves. I offer help with finding those tools and learning how to use them in a way that will best work for you.
I have an eclectic approach and draw on many different modalities including the non-directive methods of Interactive Drawing Therapy, and Dreamwork. I have observed the multiple benefits of these approaches with clients who are encouraged by using this image based language. Other modalities include Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Solution Focussed and Narrative Therapy. I believe in focusing on the hear-and-now while still holding an understanding of how past experiences are influencing your present life.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered with the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Literature/Psychoanalysis
- Diploma Counselling
- Diploma Drama
- Advanced Certificate Interactive Drawing Therapy
Background and Experience
Mary is a trained counsellor with extensive experience working with adults, teenagers and children. She spent many years working in Group Family Conferencing and sessions with parents on Parenting Skills. Mary works across cultures with Asian, European, Pacific Island and Maori clients.
Prior to the above, Mary worked both here and in the UK in agency and hospital settings. In NZ this included the ‘Ministry for Vulnerable Children’ and in England, the King’s College & Maudsley hospitals. Here she supported adults and young people experiencing varying degrees of mental health issues, in particular Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss. Mary has also worked with people 65+ and the attendant difficulties and changes of this stage of life.