I offer a range of high quality therapy services across a range of psychological health issues including anxiety, depression, trauma & PTSD, life crises, decisions and changes, phobias and OCD. My work with clients can be short, medium or long-term depending on your needs and objectives.
Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.
― Shannon L. Adler
This is one of my favourite quotes. All of us experience challenges in life. Sometimes we can work through these ourselves or with the help of family and friends. At other times, it is more difficult. We might feel paralysed by fear or anxiety, overwhelmed by grief and sadness, or experience a sense of hopelessness or despair about life or our relationships that sees us stuck and often repeating the same unhelpful patterns and behaviours.
As an experienced, qualified, counsellor and EMDR therapist, I will help you to make sense of what is happening, support you to process distressing emotions and experiences, identify old patterns of behaviour that are no longer serving you well, and learn new ways of relating to yourself and others. I offer a practical, pragmatic approach as well as support, information and resources to support you to move forward in your life.
I am also a trained EMDR therapist. EMDR helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences and is also used for anxiety, depression, panic attacks, phobias and other issues. For many clients, EMDR can be completed in fewer sessions and can achieve more enduring results than standard talk therapy approaches.
My therapy approach is warm, respectful and collaborative.
Therapy sessions are completely personalised to suit your individual situation and way of working. Clients have told me they enjoy my practical approach that focuses on identifying tangible steps that are relevant and achievable.
I offer a range of different therapies, including EMDR Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis (TA), and Neurosychotherapy.
I am currently in my glorious 50’s and have lived life in several different countries and cultures. For the last 25 years, I have made New Zealand my home. All of these experiences help me to bring openness, compassion, respect and caring to my counselling practice.
I have a PhD from Victoria University, a Masters Degree in Counselling from Massey University as well as an Honours Degree in Commerce and an Undergraduate Degree in Information Technology.
I have worked as a counsellor for over 10 years and as an EMDR Therapist for 5 years. I am a fully registered member of NZAC and EMDRNZ and also sat on the EMDRNZ board for 2 years.
Prior to my counselling career, I have a background in organisational development and knowledge management working as a manager and consultant with organisations in the public and private sectors. I also have experience as a tertiary education lecturer in the field of Information Systems and Technology.