I am an experienced counsellor and supervisor, becoming a full member of NZ Association of Counsellors in 1996. I currently provide these services face-to-face in the Motueka area or online via platforms to suit the individual.
I work with compassion and humour, using encouragement and empowerment to make my client feel at ease. Seeing the client as the expert on their own life, I work alongside them to identify issues causing distress, highlight their strengths and identify areas that need change.
I spend time developing the counselling relationship and building up trust and respect. I use a variety of approaches to build resiliency, to increase a sense of well-being and learn new skills to overcome adversity. Approaches include Client Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Holistic Models of Wellbeing, Neuro-science, Solution Focused.
My background and experience is in counselling, supervision, teaching, and probation including:
I have family in Auckland, Wellington and the UK, I’m married with an adult daughter. When I have free time I love to sail and am a registered Day Skipper. The outdoors is my happy place – sailing, walking, cycling and swimming.
I believe that Supervision should be affirming and restorative. To this end I work alongside supervisees to respectfully explore the safety and effectiveness of their practice, encouraging them to share their strengths and vulnerabilities. In particular, I focus on professional and personal growth, as well as monitoring my supervisee’s health and wellbeing to guard against professional overload or burnout. I mostly work with counsellors and people within the education profession, but welcome enquiries from other workplaces.