I am a service-user informed psychologist and family therapist who will adapt my approach to suit you. Together we will build a safe space where you and/or your whanau can share your story, make sense of the difficulties you face, gather new skills and perspectives, and discover what works for you.
You can find out more about me and my referral process on my website.
I provide individual and family therapy based on a thorough assessment of your needs.
The assessment process considers your experiences within the story of your life, your strengths and limitations, and the wider social context all this unfolds inside. This is an opportunity to make sense of the difficulties you face, the solutions you have tried, and what you want in life. At the end of your first appointment, we will talk together about what to do next. This could involve moving on to therapy, further assessment, and/or referral to other supports.
Therapy is a process of reflecting on your experiences within a trusting, validating relationship and experimenting with new ways of responding so you can live more in line with what matters most to you. This can be an individual or a family process, and can be brief or more long-term. Depending on your needs and preferences we may use poetry, interactive drawing, and/or therapeutic letters as well as talking and practicing new strategies together.
The people I work with describe leaving therapy with an improved ability to manage difficult thoughts, feelings and relationships, to appreciate their strengths, to stay on track with what matters most to them, and to enjoy their lives.
I am a creative and collaborative therapist who prioritises service-user perspectives and draws on multiple evidence-based models to tailor assessment and therapy to your personal needs, strengths and goals.
I am also informed by evidence from the field of positive psychology, mindfulness-based interventions, creative practices, an appreciation of different cultural perspectives, and service-user informed models like the British Psychological Society’s Power Threat Meaning framework and the Hearing Voices Movement.
I am a clinical psychologist with a background in the service-user workforce and the creative sector. Before moving into private practice, I spent several years providing individual therapy, groups and reflective family therapy within DHB services for children and adolescents facing moderate to severe mental health challenges and young adults experiencing a first episode of psychosis.
I am a cisgender woman and my pronouns are she/her. I grew up in rural Far North and completed all four of my psychology degrees at the University of Auckland. My doctoral research explored service-user experiences of antipsychotic medication from first prescriptions through to attempted discontinuation and I continue to contribute to the field of withdrawal research around the world.