Kia ora koutou. Having a warm and caring therapist who ‘gets you’ is so important to feeling safe enough to change. I create an individualised approach and work collaboratively with you so that together, we find a way through the struggle so you feel more clear, whole, and happier.
It’s important to me that you experience a relationship that’s engaged, compassionate, warm, and responsive. My clients tend to feel secure; they know I’m genuinely interested and care about them and they can rely on my also being straightforward, practical, and real.
I’m an experienced clinician – I’m research-informed and have the flexibility to provide differing ways of working.
My approach is integrative and humanistic, weaving together various models that I’ve trained in, so they fit your needs:
A feature of my work is that I’m able to apply not only what I’ve studied but what I’ve learnt from working with couples and families using Emotionally Focused Therapy and Transactional Analysis as well as from my workplace history, having worked for organisations such as financial services, agricultural, FMCG, and for government.
Firstly, I like to understand the issue you’re experiencing and your goals. It’s okay if you don’t know – sometimes good therapy is about exploring and clarifying things. I also like to find out about you – I’m curious about your emotions, beliefs, personality, partner, family, culture, gender, sexuality, and your strengths – we all have them.
We’ll then work out what might help. I’ve many ways of working according to what feels helpful and supportive of you. I draw on my training, client experience, and sometimes my own background
I’m respectful of your readiness and the way you work – it’s so important that it’s you that sets the pace of our work. I like to keep checking with you on how you’re going and how you feel I’m going with you.
I’m a registered psychotherapist (Certified Transactional Analyst – Psychotherapy), and work in private practice using Zoom. I’m also a Level 2 Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) couples therapist including family work.
Apart from my private practice, I’ve worked at Parent Help with a special focus on parents, and couples. I’ve worked with mild to serious mental health and behavioural issues including patterns of interpersonal-aggression. I’m also an experienced group therapist having worked with parents of teens on patterns of disengagement and anger to improve family relationships.
*I’ve training and experience in areas such as: diagnosis, attachment, family systems, mood disorders, communication, relational trauma and personality disorders.