Adolescents, adults, couples.
Areas of Special Interest
Post trauma and grief issues whether they be as a consequence of suicide, illness, or accident, family/whanau support for serious mental illness, grief, anxiety, depression, social anxiety, relationships, couples counselling, middle-age anxiety.
“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.”
Counselling is a journey which is shared by counsellor and client. While making your own unique journey you can:
- explore your emotions, thoughts, and behaviour
- become more aware of yourself, your values and what motivates you
- plan and set goals
- improve your relationships
- reduce stress
- develop your sense of well-being
My work with clients is often about helping them remove the mask and to become their true authentic self. This involves finding out who they really are: what is important to them, looking at their dreams and goals, determining what is meaningful to them and what they value in life. It’s hard work, but it leads to self acceptance, confidence and peace of mind. People find these internal changes affect how they are able to function in every area of their life, work and relationships. They finally feel like they are directing their own life, rather than it being driven by the needs and expectations of others.
I have considerable experience with helping the family/whanau of people who have a serious mental illness with the challenges this brings, including how to live life while supporting them to live theirs.
Clients experience me as very warm, caring, and easy to talk to. I see each person who sits with me as unique, with their own strengths and resources. I will help you connect with your own skills, and create the solutions that work best for you and your circumstances.
Depending on your needs the counselling techniques I will use may include:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Solution Focussed Therapy
- Brief Interventions
- Narrative Therapy
My practice is based on the NZ Association of Counsellors Code of Ethics.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Bachelor of Counselling
- Qualified General and Obstetric Nurse
Background and Experience
As well as my private practice I have worked as a counsellor at Compass Health Kapiti, seeing a wide range of clients with many different issues, and have experience as a school counsellor working with adolescents on both school and family issues.
I have a rich life experience which inspired me to train as a counsellor. I was a Registered Nurse for over 30 years in medical centres, Family Planning, and community settings. I enjoyed being a Field Worker for SF Auckland (formerly Schizophrenia Fellowship), supporting families with mental health issues, facilitating support groups, doing advocacy work, and liaising with mental health services.
I have been married 36 years, have 3 adult daughters and am a proud grandmother of 4.