Areas of Special Interest
Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management and Emotional Regulation, PTSD & Complex Trauma, Intimacy, Relationships, Masculinity, Sexuality, Substance and Behavioral Addictions, Grief & Loss and Aging.
Counselling may help you develop the insight and skills to manage and work through the problems you are experiencing. The focus for therapy may be to help you:
- Become more aware of your values and motivation
- Recover from the effects of surviving sexual abuse and trauma
- Improve your relationships
- Find purpose and meaning in your life
- Manage stress and achieve relaxation
- Develop a general sense of well-being
You will be listened to without judgement and supported in developing a deeper understanding of how you relate to yourself, others and the environment around you. Through our work you will discover how your past experiences and relationships are influencing your present. These new insights can create freedom to explore choices around change. I will support you to develop new skills to manage these changes. As your self-esteem and confidence increases, your relationship with yourself and others will become healthier and more rewarding.
My work focuses on developing a strong, secure and safe therapeutic relationship with my clients as I believe this is the main factor that helps create long term change.
I am trained in Person Centered Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Treating PTSD and Complex Trauma and Brief Solution Focused therapy.
The approach we use will depend on what you are most comfortable with. I don’t assume that what works for one client will work for all clients.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- ACC Registered Counsellor
- Master’s Degree in Counselling
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling
- Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy
Background and Experience
My training in counselling & psychotherapy started in 2007 when I completed a diploma in psychodynamic psychotherapy at AUT. After finishing this I enrolled into Auckland University and completed a Master’s Degree in Counselling in 2011.
During my 12 years as a counsellor I have worked in private practice as well as with the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, The University of Queensland, Living Well Brisbane (Therapeutic support for male sexual abuse survivors), The Grief Centre Auckland, Home and Family, Lifeline and Workplace Options.
I work with new and experienced counsellors and my philosophy of supervision is similar to my counselling work in that the relationship is the most important element. During supervision attention will be paid to providing support and encouragement to facilitate counsellor confidence and competence as well as focusing on skills development and counsellor and client safety.
Supervision is an opportunity to reflect critically on your work in order to grow professionally and personally. It is a space to reflect on your internal processes and specific thoughts, feelings and actions during your work and how it impacts on your clients. It is also about recognising and celebrating your successes and wins as much as it is about learning from your mistakes. Both are necessary for improving and developing personally and professionally.
I provide supervision for NZAC counsellors and those who are working towards their full accreditation with the NZAC.