Children, adults, couples, families, groups.
Areas of Special Interest
Anxiety. Depression. Looking to the future. Work-place bullying. Trust issues. Looking for clarity. Getting your life on track. Loss and grief. Anger problems. Relationship matters. Goal setting. Development of your identity. Becoming unstuck.
As a narratively informed practitioner, we work together collaboratively to story your life - in support of sense making and meaning making. It is my hope that we will work together to re-story any issues or problems that you might bring to therapy in a non-judgmental, supportive environment to enable a renewed sense of self.
I like to work with people to understand their environments storying values, hopes, dreams, possibilities, ideas, skills and abilities. When times are difficult, people often forget about the creative ways they have managed their lives through the many and varied roads they have travelled. Through this travel, we might discuss other people who have journeyed with you along the way, including significant loved ones.
As part of my practice, I sometimes write down your words into letters and poetic documents to keep alive moments of expression, moments of resonance. This practice is called Rescued Speech Poetry. I am also working on a new practice which puts these words to music. This is called Rescuing Speech to Music. Please feel free to ask about this.
As a narratively informed practitioner, there are many ways we can take a look at the reasons you came to talk. Narrative therapy looks at the problem being the problem and addresses socio-cultural and social justice issues relating to peoples lives. Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a future-focussed, goal-directed therapy which supports new possibilities for individuals or families. Lastly, Collaborative Therapy is a respectful, responsive way of interacting with people, and looks at where people might like to be headed in their lives.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Masters of Counselling (MCouns)
- Bachelor of Business Psychology
- Post Graduate Studies in Work Psychology
Background and Experience
- Home and Family Counselling, Mt Eden - couples, families, individuals, youth and children.
- Private Practice in Te Atatu Peninsula - parking available.
- Part time Social Practice tutor at Unitec Auckland
- Group facilitator at Youthline Auckland
- Clinic Coordinator and Counsellor at the Antara Clinic