It can be hard to reach out for help but you’ve taken the first step by searching for the right fit. I create a non-judgmental, empathetic space where we can work on the issues you and/or your whānau are facing.
I can help you explore a range of challenges relating to depression, anxiety and phobias, anger issues, trauma, and more.
I have expertise working with young people, children and whānau as well as adults.
Therapy can be immensely helpful but it can be a big step for people, especially if you’ve never been before.
I utilise 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, 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 for those with moderate to severe mental health issues. I have also worked 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 Ngai te Rangi and Ngati Raukawa, and have Dutch and Irish connections.