Adolescents, adults, groups.
Areas of Special Interest
Loss and grief, trauma, workplace issues, life changes, relationship challenges, immigration / cultural issues, personal growth, goal setting, anxiety and depression.
"The destiny of every human being is decided by what goes on inside his skull when confronted by what goes on outside his skull."
- Eric Berne
Sometimes we need someone to really listen and help us work through our problems and challenges with compassion and focus. I see counselling and therapy as walking beside someone for a while, helping them to change their lives or adapt to new circumstances. I’ve done my job when clients have learnt to feel confident and engaged well within themselves and with other people in their lives.
I have great respect for my clients’ cultural background and beliefs and am committed to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
I vary my approach to suit each client’s needs. Transactional Analysis (TA) is my main modality. I believe that one size does not fit all and therefore I tailor my work to an individual client’s needs in a person-centred way, always discussing the approach with the client as I strongly believe in counselling being a collaborative process. I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, visualisation, Mindfulness, Gestalt, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques in my work. I have also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and am continuing my training in this area.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Member of Aotearoa New Zealand Transactional Analysis Association (ANZTAA)
- ACC Registered Counsellor
- Master of Counselling (Hons)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Counselling)
- Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies
Background and Experience
I have been counselling for 10 years and working with psychotherapy clients for the past four years as well.
Before that I worked as a journalist for a variety of publications around the world, in particular South Africa, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. The life experience, knowledge and multicultural perspectives I am able to bring to my work has helped me to understand the problems of a wide variety of clients.
Besides running my own private practice I do face-to-face counselling for Youthline and the Grief Centre. I run groups as well, often dealing with grief and loss, and have facilitated them for the Grief Centre, Child Cancer and Multiple Sclerosis, Auckland. I am currently working towards my CTA (Psychotherapy) - Certified Transactional Analyst.