Areas of Special Interest
Depression, anxiety, grief and loss, stress, goal setting, relationship issues, work/life transitions, LGBTQ, cultural issues, AOD recovery, trauma, wellbeing.
People come to counselling for a variety of reasons - to understand thoughts and feelings; to explore current and past experiences; to develop effective coping strategies; to improve relationships and interact more effectively with others; to identify what has meaning and discover new pathways.
Everyone deserves to experience empathy, acceptance and to know their own value. Experienced in working with a diversity of cultures and sexual orientations. I work both short and long term. I am able to see clients of all ages over 10 years old. In essence my role as a counsellor is to facilitate healing in a way that enhances self empowerment, wellness and interconnectedness with life.
Every person has their own unique story, a different set of needs, aspirations, personal struggles and strengths. Highly effective psychodynamic holistic counsellor while offering practical life skills. I provide an integrated counselling approach drawing on different modalities dependent on individual needs for support. For instance CBT, mindfulness, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Narrative, DBT, ACT, Strengths based and Person centred.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (ProvMNZAC)
- Registered Teacher with Education Council of NZ (ECNZ)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling - University of Auckland
- Bachelor of Design for Stage and Screen (Hons) - Toi Whakaari NZ School of Dance and Drama/ Massey University
- Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary schools) - Auckland College of Education
- Bachelor of Arts - University of Auckland
Background and Experience
I am a first generation Chinese New Zealander born and raised in Gisborne. Culturally aware, I have a strong sense of justice and fairness. I come from a broad working background encompassing teaching in secondary schools; hospitality; arts and film industry. Integral to this is a love of working with people, their respective communities and the diversity this brings.
My counselling practice includes working with adolescents predominantly in schools; adults through external services and private practice. I also have experience in group facilitation, running restoratives and collaborating on programs to develop skills in resilience and learning for young people. Currently, I am focussing on private practice and contract work.