I work with clients who present with depression, anxiety, life crises and other psychological difficulties. I provide psychotherapy using a range of methods that enable greater self awareness, clarity, acceptance, integration, and resolution of symptoms.
People see me for a wide range of reasons. Some people are feeling stressed, depressed or anxious. Others see me because they feel flat or unmotivated, or they may not understand why their lives are unfolding in the way they are.
People come in when they are struggling to deal with major losses, changes and life crises. Others come when they recognise unresolved traumas are impacting on them negatively.
People come to gain a greater understanding of themselves, what they feel and how they act. Sometimes it is to figure out what makes them behave the way they do in their relationships. Some clients realise they are unconsciously limiting themselves or see patterns in their lives that don’t work for them, but they seem unable to change.
Some people come to learn new strategies to cope with their lives.
The first time I meet with you, I will gather information as to what is happening in your life that has brought you to see me, and background information. It is a chance for me to get to know you and answer any questions you might have. This is also an opportunity for you to get a sense of whether you feel comfortable with me, and whether we can work effectively together.
People often report that they gained a lot from the first session.
How long you decide to come is up to you. I usually suggest a review of progress after a few sessions.
Some people come for a few sessions, others for long term therapy. It depends on what your needs are and the outcomes you want.
I am a Registered Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with clients. I have worked at Auckland District Health Board, Department of Corrections and Auckland University Counselling Service. For the last 17 years I have been in Private Practice in Auckland and Whangarei. I am now based in central Nelson.
I have a 1st Class Masters in Applied Psychology and a Post Masters Diploma in Clinical Psychology (Massey University 1989).
I have a holistic approach to wellness which involves mind, body and spirit, as they are inextricably linked, and these values have always been important to me. I feel passionate about facilitating wellness for people and seeing them flourish in their lives.