Areas of Special Interest
Anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, issues facing the LGBTI community, self-esteem issues, social isolation and loneliness, work related difficulties, sexual abuse, relationship issues, sexual concerns, and psychiatric issues.
I work with a wide range of people facing diverse issues and circumstances. This might include sudden and unexpected difficulty and loss, and it may include longer term struggles. I support people to address both their immediate difficulties and also patterns of behaviour that they hope to change.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a collaborative process. It is built upon the idea that many of our current problems are linked to events from our past, often related to our early important relationships. During therapy together we gently explore your past. We think about how these events might be impacting how you live now and help you to become conscious of these links between the past and present. This supports you to think about the future that you might want. I believe that from within this safe therapeutic relationship you may find new choices and real and lasting change.
I am kind, warm, sensitive, honest, and open in my approach. I work in a straightforward manner. I offer an opportunity to talk in privacy about anything. My approach is primarily based upon psychodynamic and humanistic ideas, but I may also integrate some mindfulness-based cognitive therapy with a focus on new skills. My aim is to help you to find a life that is satisfying and enjoyable.
I am happy to work with you on a longer term or short-term basis depending upon what will best suit you.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychotherapist
- Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists
- Masters of Psychotherapy (Auckland University of Technology)
- Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies (Auckland University of Technology)
- Bachelor of Counselling (WelTec University)
Background and Experience
I worked therapeutically with clients a the New Zealand Aids Foundation for over 5 years while on placements. Through this work, I developed a particular focus on gender, identity, and sexuality issues. I also supported clients at the AUT Psychotherapy clinic. I am currently working in private practice.