Adolescents, adults, couples, families, groups.
Areas of Special Interest
Eating Disorders, self harm & suicidality, depression, anxiety, grief & loss, trauma recovery, bullying, relationships, life changes, older adult issues, workplace issues, women's self empowerment.
Everyone's worldview is influenced by the people and events that have occurred in their life. When I initially see you it is important for me to know what has been happening in your life that has brought you to see me. Some people have a clear understanding of what they want to change while others just generally feel miserable, or stuck, or wanting something different.
People who see me say that I help them understand what is going on in their lives, what they can change at the same time as focusing on strengths. I often see myself as a facilitator of the knowledge you have within you.
Over the past 20 years I have trained in several different methods of therapy. These include CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy), Strengths based therapy, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), Psychodynamic, Gestalt and others. These guide me in providing the best counselling I can for your specific needs.
I believe it is important to know what you are doing well in your life at the same time as looking at the obstacles that are preventing you from making the choices and decisions that will work for you. I have considerable experience with mental health issues leading to good outcomes for people. I work holistically and believe in the importance of a person's mind, body, spiritual and social connections.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychotherapist
- Member New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
- Victim Support Registered Counsellor
- ACC Registered Counsellor
- Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy, AUT, 1998
- Certificate in Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, 2001
- Advanced Clinical Practice Certificate, NZAP, 2014
Background and Experience
During my 20 years working as a psychotherapist, I have worked in the DHB services including Community Mental Health, Eating Disorders and Buchanan Rehabilitation Centre. I also worked as a Manager with a mental health NGO. Throughout these years I have maintained a private practice which I now do full time. I have also been the facilitator of many groups including depression, anxiety, body image, DBT skills, mindfulness and personal growth. Along with this I have taught Human Development at Weltec and many staff training sessions. Currently I am Chair of the Board of Raeburn House which has access to many community resources.
Supervision is crucial to be effective as a counsellor, psychotherapist and psychologist and for other mental health workers. I have supervision training through WDHB, AUT and the NGO. My areas of speciality include extensive education and training in dissociation, trauma and neglect both in NZ and overseas. My expertise and effectiveness in Axis I and Axis II disorders has come from working in both ADHB and WDHB with acute and community clients.
As well as supporting supervisees in specific techniques and interventions with clients, I also focus on ensuring that self care is a high priority. The supervisor/supervisee relationship is important and I encourage open feedback, vulnerability and support.