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.
The approach I use with individuals will depend on what you are most comfortable with. Therapy can 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 abuse and trauma
- Improve your relationships
- Find purpose and meaning in your life
- Manage stress and achieve relaxation
I work with LGBTIQ+ couples as well as heterosexual couples and follow a structured treatment approach called Emotional Focused Therapy
or EFT. EFT can help couples to:
- Understand and prevent the negative cycles they find themselves in
- Improve communication skills
- Become less flooded with anxiety or anger and regain emotional balance
- Increase a sense of intimacy
- Rebuild broken trust
- Develop a deeper sense of respect and openness
- Learn new ways to comfort and care for each other
My work focuses on developing a respectful safe therapeutic relationship where 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.
I am trained in:
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (for Couples/Individuals)
- Treating PTSD and Complex Trauma
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
I continue to work with a diverse client range in terms of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.
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.