Areas of Special Interest
Experienced in working with recent trauma, post traumatic stress, grief & loss, anxiety, depression, insomnia, alcohol & drug issues, sexual abuse, torture, sexual health, sexual behaviour, sexual identity, and gender identity.
We all face mountains to climb in ours lives at some point, whether it’s loss, change, or a mental health challenge, any mountain can be climbed with support and a route map. Counselling can help us find our own path to heal, change, or manage our challenges in life. Counselling can give us new life tools and an independent lens on our situation, whether that’s a life decision, loss, change, or a mental health challenge.
We are all different, and we are all capable of positive change with support and tools to help us. Counsellors who have full membership of the New Zealand Counsellors Association have trained and worked for years to have this membership, and have the experience and skills to promote positive change when working along side us.
Client centred practice espouses a 'non-directive' approach to counselling, where the client is helped to find their own answers to their problems with the counsellor as a source of reflection and encouragement.
In Narrative therapy the client and therapist work through the client's story, in order to enrich the client's understanding of their story, giving the client the chance to gain new meaning from the re-telling of their story, and view times of past coping and strengths buried within.
EMDR is a trauma therapy that the World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises as one of the two most effective trauma therapies, it being proven faster than the other one (CBT). For more info watch this video.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Full Member of EMDR New Zealand
- Internal Arts Practitioner (Qi Gong, Meditation and Mindfulness) NAKMAS UK
- Bachelor of Counselling (Weltec NZ)
- Post Graduate Certificate of Supervision (Weltec NZ)
- EMDR Certificate of Basic Training (EMDRIA)
- Internal Arts/Mindfulness Coach (NAKMAS UK)
Background and Experience
Currently working 1 day a week in private practice, and 3 days a week for Gains in Hastings.
Previously worked at Red Cross Refugee Trauma Recovery with refugees who have experienced war and torture.
At the NZ Aids Foundation I worked with client issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, sexual identity, gender identity, sexual health, and living with a HIV diagnosis.
I volunteered at Pomare Union health, in this role I worked with client issues including, depression, anxiety, insomnia, sexual trauma, and refugee experience.
I worked as an Intern at Wesley Inner City Counselling Service with client issues including depression, anxiety, familial violence, and sexual trauma. I was also an intern at the Community Alcohol and Drug Service, and OTS CCDHB.
As well as being a qualified clinical supervisor, I have worked as a counselling student supervisor within an NGO. I offer reduced rates for supervision with students.
Supervision is one of the most important parts of our practice, a sounding board for the approaches we use with our client's, and the most important platform to work through the transference and counter-transference issues that arise for us within the various contexts of work that we do.
Working from an unbiased, supportive, and collaborative stance I provide clinical supervision, and cross-cultural counselling supervision.