Children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, groups.
Areas of Special Interest
Couple, family and systemic psychotherapy; parenting; parent/child relationships; adolescence; attachment; trauma; cognitive behavioural therapy; professional clinical supervision.
I mostly use a systemic approach which means that I think it is most useful if we understand our difficulties in terms of the relationships we have- with our selves, our families, our wider networks (school, work, cultural, community and faith groups) - and that making sense of these systems in new ways offers us steps towards the changes we want and new understandings of our selves and others.
I am trained in Mentalisation Based Treatment (MBT) and also use DBT and CBT approaches where these are indicated .
I have a firm commitment to using clinical and research evidence to inform treatments I use.
We will work out together which is the most appropriate treatment for you, considering the research and clinical evidence base, what your difficulty is, alongside your personal circumstances.
I am also trained in a number of evidence-based parenting programmes and managed a London service for over 10 years which was the largest regional provider of these programmes. This includes accreditation in Incredible Years (Webster Stratton), Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities, Triple P (Individual, Group, Teen, Stepping Stones, Enhanced, Pathways), Parenting with Love and Limits (high risk teenagers).
My therapeutic preference is systemic yet I also work across a range of therapeutic modalities. Most importantly I believe in respectful practice that “fits” children, young people and families’ lived experience and values their resources and strengths. Relationships are at the heart of my practice, theoretical underpinnings and personal philosophy. Sometimes short term interventions can be very effective and for other difficulties, more long term therapy would be indicated. Psychotherapy is a very powerful and at times difficult, process. It often brings about rewarding and striking changes. Most people notice improvements in both individual and wider quality of life; that is, you may notice changes in your school, family or work life.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychotherapist
- Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists (ProvMNZAP)
- Affiliate NZ Association Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists
- MSc Family and Systemic Psychotherapy - University of London
- PG Diploma - Tavistock Clinic London
- MA (Hons) Psychology - University of Auckland
- BA - University of Auckland
Background and Experience
I have worked with young people, couples, adults and families with a range of difficulties for over 18 years.
I have worked with trauma in a range of contexts- children and young people in the care system, family violence and court work, youth forensics, specialist refugee services and families with complex needs of all kinds (including multisystemic therapy and intensive family interventions) .
I have also worked in specialist Eating Disorders services and am trained and experienced in Family Based Treatment (FBT), Adolescent Focused Therapy (AFT) and Multifamily Therapy (MFT).
I also worked as a consultant and national advisor in the UK on best practice in working with families, parenting, and high risk, complex presentations.
I have provided individual professional supervision for about 15 years to clinicians from a range of disciplines. I have also taught, mentored and supervised multidisciplinary clinicians in parenting, family work and therapy, systemic methods and techniques, relational and attachment approaches, and group work. I have worked within a range of legislative frameworks, including extensively with health, schools, social services and community organisations as a partner. I have been the service representative on a number of multi-agency strategic and operational groups.
As a practice lead and clinical supervisor of others, I have quality assured clinicians and partner agencies through live supervision, supervision groups and teaching and support.
In the UK I ran supervision groups for child and family nurses working with high risk families.
I am also trained in the Solihull approach and an accredited supervisor and facilitator of Family Partnership Model (Centre for Parent and Child Support, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust) and has trained multidisciplinary clinicians in FPM and MESCH.