The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.
– C.G. Jung
As we move through life we all encounter difficulties along the way. The need to make sense of these difficulties and discover the meaning behind them is often what brings us to therapy. I view such difficulties as opportunities to examine our lives with a view to making positive changes.
I offer short term counselling and long term therapy to adults and adolescents who are seeking to explore and change patterns of behaviour, thoughts and feelings which are impacting negatively on the way they live their lives. Recognition of these patterns is the beginning of the journey towards self-understanding.
I offer a collaborative strength-based approach working alongside you at your pace. Everyone is an individual and so every therapeutic process is different. It is my belief that we all have within us the capability to support ourselves. I offer help with accessing this potential and learning how to use it in a way that will best work for you.
I have an eclectic approach and draw on many different modalities including the non-directive methods of Interactive Drawing Therapy, and Dreamwork. I have observed the multiple benefits of these approaches with clients who are encouraged by using this image based language. Other modalities include Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Jungian orientated therapy with primary work on the Shadow. I believe in focusing on the hear-and-now while still holding an understanding of how past experiences are influencing your present life.
Mary is a trained counsellor with extensive experience working with adults, teenagers and children. She has worked in Group Family Conferencing and with parents on Parenting Skills. Mary works across cultures with Asian, European, Pacific Island and Maori clients.
Prior to the above, Mary worked both here and in the UK in agency and hospital settings. In NZ this included the ‘Ministry for Vulnerable Children’ and in England, the King’s College & Maudsley hospitals. Here she supported adults and young people experiencing varying degrees of mental health issues, in particular Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss. Mary has also worked with people 65+ and the attendant difficulties and changes of this stage of life.