Adolescent girls, adult women.
Areas of Special Interest
Relationships, culture shock, finding a sense of connection/self, processing miscarriage/pregnancy/birth, overcoming troubling emotions and feelings of failure, grief/loss, workplace/school stressors, building meaningful lives, working with trauma.
I am passionate about working with women from adolescence through to all stages of life. You will be supported to overcome difficulties in your life, in order to live a life that is deeply satisfying and truly an expression of who you are. I believe that in sharing stories people can heal and make themselves whole. Therefore, throughout the therapy process you will have opportunities to tell your many stories using language, art, objects or other mediums you would like to bring to the collaborative process
This approach was developed by C Rogers. He believed that everyone is different and, therefore, everyone’s view of his or her own world, and ability to manage it, should be trusted. Rogers believed everyone has the power to find the best solutions for themselves and make appropriate changes. This approach relies on an empathetic environment which allows clients to use their own understanding of their experiences as a platform for healing.
In Narrative Therapy counsellors seek to help people co-author new stories about themselves. The counsellor helps people to distance themselves from the problems they face. This means that these problems can be more fully explored so that new stories can emerge.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Masters of Professional Practice
- Graduate Certificate in Supervision
- Graduate Certificate in Adult learning
- Bachelor of Counselling
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Background and Experience
I am trained in both Occupational Therapy and Counselling and I have had the opportunity to also work as a lecturer. I have worked in diverse settings from small town New Zealand, to my ancestral lands in Ireland, to the deserts of the Middle East. I have recently completed a thesis on the experience of reverse culture shock experienced by New Zealanders. Personally, I have spent time overcoming sadness, grief and eating disorders. These parts of my life story have helped me find empathy for others and strengthened my resolve to live an amazing life as a woman, sole mother, daughter, sister, friend and therapist.