I am a skilled and accepting counsellor based in Hamilton, New Zealand, who will work with you to find renewed hope, meaning, and well-being, whatever you may be struggling with. I currently offer both in-person and online counselling.
My practice of counselling is fundamentally person-centred and existential. This means that you, the client, are at the centre. Your experience and your choices matter. I will take you seriously as a person to relate to, not treat you merely as a problem to be solved. I understand that meaning is essential to a flourishing life, so I will help you discover and deepen what is meaningful to you.
I make extensive use of mindfulness and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) in working with clients. Mindfulness is an ancient practice of observing your own experience without judgement. Modern research has showed it can be very effective at relieving stress, alleviating depression, and increasing overall quality of life.
ACT is a system of therapy that builds on mindfulness. The goal of ACT is to help you accept the things you cannot change and change the things you can, in order to live a life that is rich, connected, and fulfilling. Research shows ACT is effective in dealing with anxiety, depression, and a number of other conditions.
Finally, I am a Jungian-informed counsellor. This means I can help you work with dreams and symbolism, to explore your unconscious mind and what it might be trying to communicate to you.
I work with individuals of any gender or age from adolescence to old age. I welcome all concerns, from feeling empty or being unsure about a life decision to more difficult mental health issues. In our initial contact and first session we will discuss how I can be of help to you. Some common reasons people come to counselling include:
I received my undergraduate degrees in psychology from New Zealand universities and completed my Master of Counselling at Arizona State University in the United States. I have worked with clients with a wide variety of presenting concerns and have had the continual joy to witness how counselling can transform people’s lives for the better.