Areas of Special Interest
Trauma Therapy, depression, anxiety and panic, anger management, esteem, grief and loss, relationship problems and domestic violence.
I am Christian with an open mind respecting all faith journeys and people's values.
I count it a privilege to journey alongside you, at a challenging time in your life, to help you resolve difficulties you are dealing with. In the counselling session, I endeavor to offer you an hour of space that is devoted to you. You will be listened to and helped to explore difficulties or concerns as you are held with unconditional positive regard and without criticism.
The safe space of trust and acceptance that is offered to you will allow you to put your thoughts and feelings into words, and in doing so you will gain some understanding and control over them. You will also be encouraged to re-author your life by making changes, oriented towards greater personal strength and wholeness.
I do value a holistic approach in therapy, and can offer you various tools to help you maintain a more balanced life style aiming towards a healthier and more fulfilled way of being.
I would encourage you at all times to tell me if you have any concerns about any aspect of our work together. I will be very happy to listen to you if anything bothers you.
I use a range of counselling approaches including:
- Person-centered Therapy (PCT)
- Narrative Therapy (NT)
- Internal Family System (IFS)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Emotional Freedom Technique/Tapping Therapy (EFT)
I aim towards holistic healing and use various tools to complement the counselling methods that I use.
Recognizing that the body and mind communicate with each other, I focus on body sensations (the felt sense) as well as emotions and thoughts. I include in my work mindfulness techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, cue association, body scan meditation and energy healing.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member New Zealand Christian Counsellors Association (MNZCCA)
- Accredited Certified Member of EFT International
- ACC Registered Counsellor for sensitive claims
- EFT International Certificate of Accreditation
- Bachelor of Counselling
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- PhD Clinical Biochemistry
- Masters of Science
- Bachelor of Science
Background and Experience
I work from my own private practice in Albany/ Glenfield (www.oasisofpeacecounselling.com
), and also at CARE Waitakere
in Te Atatu Peninsula.
I have worked successfully with individuals and couples. I am approved ACC counsellor for survivors of sexual abuse and have worked successfully with traumatized clients who have been abused sexually, psychologically or emotionally. I have also dealt with domestic violence, work-related issues, grief and loss, family difficulties, depression, divorce, anxiety, stress, esteem and anger management.
I endeavor to make counselling a safe space for trust and unconditional acceptance so that it may become an Oasis of Peace for my counselees.