It can be hard to reach out for help but you’ve taken the first step just by having a look. I want you to feel comfortable opening up and being able to share what’s going on so try my best to create a non-judgmental, empathetic space where we can work on what you’re facing as a team.
I can help you explore a range of challenges relating to depression, anxiety and phobias, anger issues, trauma, etc.. I have expertise working with young people, children and whānau as well as adults.
My approach in a nutshell: I love meeting clients and think it’s a privilege to get to know them, hear their histories and what is going on for them. I think it’s important to bring humour and light-heartedness into sessions where I can, sometimes it can be useful to laugh through difficulty (if possible!). I work hard to get to know everyone I work with, what they want to achieve and what they might need. I’m LGBTQ+ friendly. My approach is very flexible which can work best for different people. If you like a lot of structure it may work but it’s better to have a chat about it first to see whether we’d be a good fit or not.
Therapy can be immensely helpful but it can be a big step for people, especially if you’ve never been before.
I use a range of therapies and try to tailor it to you and what your needs and goals are. The approach is talking based but also action focused with tasks or activities to take away with you and try out between sessions.
The benefits you might expect from therapy would be things like:
It’s good to keep in mind that therapy isn’t a cure-all and there are some downsides sometimes, e.g., feeling upset talking about what’s bothering you. We will try and maximise the benefits and minimise the risks so that you can get the most out of it.
I use a number of evidence-based therapies including:Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Family and Systemic Therapy. I have a working understanding of some Māori models of health and intervention.
What isn’t in my approach?
Some people really want to deep dive into their past and spend a lot of time there. While I do focus on building insight and understanding how you might have come to where you are, especially at the start during assessment, I also have a present-focused practical side. For example, what can we do now to manage the impact of past events, or see them in a different light.
I have been practicing as a Clinical Psychologist since 2016. I have worked in child and adolescent mental health services and for the Department of Corrections doing assessment and treatment of adults for offending behaviours, as well as working on design and implementation of group treatment programmes and delivering supervision to psychologists and other professionals.
I was born in New Zealand. I whakapapa to Ngāi te Rangi and Ngāti Raukawa, and have Dutch and Irish connections.