‘Remembering who you truly are’ is an invitation to explore and peel back the layerings that have kept you from being more fully who you are; your Truest Self, your Whole Self.
The areas I specialise in are:
I also have wide experience working with a range of issues including:
I am committed to and have a passion for facilitating positive change and transformation in people’s lives. I integrate traditional psychotherapy tools and spiritual practices into an appropriate way of working, tailored to whatever beliefs, spiritual or non-spiritual you may embrace.
My practice is named ‘Sacred Energy Therapy – remembering who you truly are’, as it speaks best to how I work; incorporating and acknowledging Wairua (Spirit/Divine) in the therapeutic encounter. Mauri (Energy) is contained within and animates all life. Sacred Energy Therapy is an honouring of that force as Divine.
In addition to Integrative Gestalt Therapy I utilise a variety of therapy methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Energy Psychology, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Indigenous wisdom and healing methods through the regenerative powers of the elemental worlds; Ranginui and Papatuānuku.
I have been practicig psychotherapy and counselling for over twenty years. I am a full Member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP) with an Advanced Clinical Practice Certificate, and am a full member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC). I am also a founding and active member of Waka Oranga, the National Collective of Maori Psychotherapy Practitioners. I trained in Intergrative Gestalt Therapy and qualified as a psychotherapist in the mid 1990’s from Auckland University of Technology (AUT). I have worked mainly within a private practice setting and also in community agencies, prison, secondary schools and tertiary institutions.
With a lifelong interest in and committment to living as authentically as I am able, and in addition to my professional training and experience, I have studied many spiritual paths; eastern, western and indigenous, to arrive at a place where I feel settled and at ease with who I am. I have a regular meditation practice and karakia (prayer) play an important role in my life.
I am of Māori (Ngati Ranginui and Ngaiterangi), French, Irish, English and Scottish descent. I am married, and together with my partner, we have seven children and eleven precious mokopuna. I am a student of ACIM, I love gardening, films and books.