Children (3+), adolescents, adults.
Areas of Special Interest
Children (age 3+), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, LGBTQ+ clients, Gender Identity/Sexuality, Trauma, Survivors of Sexual Violence and Abuse, Survivors of Child Abuse/Neglect, Personality Disorders, Anxiety, Depression.
I have been working as a counsellor providing individual counselling since 2016. I have completed additional training and am experienced in working therapeutically with people on the Autism Spectrum (including Aspergers' syndrome), ADHD and learning difficulties. I am also experienced in working with LGBTQ clients, offering affirmative therapy.
My Approach to Working with Children/Adolescents:
I completed specialised training in the field of child and adolescent psychotherapy, so I am qualified to work safely and ethically with children and young people Counselling/psychotherapy for children and young people means that the therapist meets the child or adolescent one-on-one, for individual psychotherapy sessions - usually weekly for one hour (50-60 minutes).
I offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment to enable my clients to work through whatever they wish to look at.
I am humanistic and psychodynamic in my approach, which means that while I believe that our childhood and early experiences have a significant impact on us, I also believe that these can be changed and re-written at any point in our lives. Additionally, I believe that the relationship between client and therapist (the therapeutic relationship) is the strongest healing force within therapy.
I welcome people from all walks of life; I will not make assumptions about you based on your sex, age, colour, race, disability, sexuality, social, economic or immigration status, lifestyle, religious or cultural beliefs.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychotherapist
- Member of NZ Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
- Provisional Member of NZ Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists (NZACAP)
- Waka Oranga Associate Member
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
- Master of Arts (Clinical and Health Psychology)
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Counselling)
- Master of Science (Integrative Psychotherapy)
Background and Experience
Prior to becoming a counsellor, I worked at an Addiction Rehabilitation Support Service in the public health sector for over two years. I also have experience of working with children living in care and volunteering at a local LGBTQ Centre.
I offer supervision to counsellors and other professionals (teachers, social workers, etc.) working with adults, adolescents or children.
In supervision, I believe it is important to establish a strong working alliance, so that potentially difficult and personal aspects of the work can be examined and sensitively explored.
My approach is integrative and relational, relying mainly on psychodynamic and humanistic theories (relational psychoanalysis, self-psychology, Klein’s object-relations theory and relational Gestalt/existential psychotherapy.
Although I use mainly psychodynamic and humantistic approaches in my own work, I also have a background in CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and mindfulness.
If you feel that I may be a right supervisor for you, I invite you to contact me so we can arrange a free initial meeting / “trial supervision session”.