Children, adolescents, adults, couples, families.
Areas of Special Interest
Focusing Therapist. Brainspotting. I use Nonviolent Communication to help clients solve internal and relational conflict and the Gottman Method to guide couples work.
I feel a great sense of admiration for the clients I work with, it is a privilege to hear people's unique stories and what we do in therapy is very spontaneous and co-created by myself and the client. My job is to guide clients to ensure they are sufficiently in touch with the difficult work they want to do so that they can achieve their goals without being overwhelmed. Therapy should be an experience where the client feels able to ask for what they want, I encourage clients to help me to understand their sense of the situation by correcting my reflections so that together we paint an accurate picture of where they are now and the next step they would like to take.
As we work together I will go slowly and gently checking you are grounded and feeling safe so that we can explore what is right there and what is the emerging thing you long for but dare not believe. Whatever we think and everything we have experienced is accessible to our felt sense so I will encourage you to see how your body responds as we talk so that, while there is space to tell your story we don't go round in circles repeating old information and stuck habits. Instead on your edge of awareness is spaciousness and possibility.
Focusing and Brainspotting allow us to move through stuckness, grief, overwhelm and trauma safely, effectively and often with a surprising level of creativity so that the serious, sad work is manageable. I sometimes teach the focusing steps to people who don't yet know how to use the power of their body and at other times I integrate the felt sense in therapeutic conversation helping clients drop into the 'heart of the matter'. I use principals from other Humanistic Experiential Psychotherapy such as Systemic Constellations, Somatic Experiencing and Internal Family Systems to help clients conceptualise their experience.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (ProvMNZAC)
- British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
- Focusing Oriented Therapist and Trainer with the Focusing Institute
- Member of the Gottman Referal Network
- Masters of Science (Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Strathclyde, Scotland)
- Masters of Science (Education for Sustainability, London Southbank)
- Certified Trainer and Therapist with the Focussing Institute
- AMI Diploma in Child-Centred Pedagogy
Background and Experience
I worked with children, adolescents and families as a child-centred educator for many years, in inclusive, multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-ability environments. I am an internationally recognised Montessori teacher who worked individually and with small groups of children and with family members to provide a holistic education. I trained educators in Nonviolent Communication to develop relationships with children, families and colleagues.
I work with an NGO as a counsellor for families emerging from trauma and domestic violence and have worked with marginalised communities and refugees as a student therapist.
I continue to train, uphold the highest professional ethical standards, bicultural understanding and I welcome diversity.