Adolescents, adults, couples.
Areas of Special Interest
I work with a range of issues and with clients of all ages and genders. Specialist areas are disordered eating and eating issues for people of all ages and working with adolescents. I also enjoy working with LGBTIAQ issues.
If you are thinking about counselling, it is likely that something is happening in your life that is not having the impact that you hoped it would. This situation might be causing you discomfort, distress and be getting in the way of you living the life you want to be living. The work that we will do together will help you to identify changes you would like to make in your life and offer you support to make these at a pace that feels right for you. We will also explore the hopes you have for your future and together look at what might be standing in the way of putting these hopes into practice.
As a counsellor, I am experienced in working with anxiety & panic, depression, drug and alcohol misuse, eating disorders/difficulties, grief, identity, LGBTIQA issues, life changes, relationship difficulties, stress and work related issues. I also talk with people who feel like they are not being heard in particular areas of their life.
It is important to me that the counselling conversations we are having are helpful and supportive for you and we will identify some goals for our counselling work together during our first session. We will review our work together regularly too, as these goals may change along the way.
My counselling approach is informed by postmodern, social constructionist ways of understanding the world and by the ideas of narrative therapy. I also draw on tools and techniques from other modalities that complement this.
The conversations we have will include regular review of how counselling is going for you and when needed we will tailor the approach we are taking so that it works for you.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Masters in Counselling (Hons)
- Post Graduate Certificate Counselling (Supervision)
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)
- Bachelor of Arts
Background and Experience
I have worked with adults and adolescents in a variety of settings, such as counselling, teaching and facilitating. My counselling related experience includes working in a community counselling agency specialising in eating issues, relationship and family counselling, family court mandated counselling, working with children and adolescents, workshop presentations, telephone counselling, online mental health supervision and group facilitation.
- Auckland Psychology - Counsellor & Supervisor (2008 - 2019)
- Hobsonville Point Secondary School - Head of Student Services (2019-present)
- Big White Wall - Online support & staff supervision (2012-2017)
- EDEN - Counselling Services Manager & counsellor (2008-2012)
- Relationship Services - counsellor (2007-2008)
- LesbianLine - telephone counsellor (2002-2003)
I believe that the way we speak about our practice and the ethics that inform this speaking go a long way to not only describe our work in the counselling room, but also help to shape us as practitioners and to shape the way we practice. Due to this, I see supervision as a place where you can speak the stories of the way you ‘do’ counselling and explore and thicken these as we talk. It also speaks to how we can link these stories to ethics and what this means for both you as a practitioner and for those you are supporting in counselling.
The supervision that we will engage in will explore the work that you bring to our sessions. Together we will deconstruct how you think, speak and act in counselling and explore the the different knowledges, influences, theories, discourses, beliefs, values, and socio-political perspectives that inform your practice. What we produce in these conversations will offer some new directions or ideas in your work and will support you to practice according to the ethics of your governing body. It will also help you to develop your practice and support the clients you are working with in the best ways you can.