I support people in connecting to their hearts, to feel and understand who they are. Sometimes life can be overwhelming, leaving us feeling scared, empty, angry or like an outsider. Whatever is going on for you right now, there is a way through it.
The first step is for us to meet, introduce ourselves and decide if we both would like to work with one another. We then establish what you would like to get out of therapy, and we design therapy that will work best for you.
Therapy is a journey we do together. The act of sharing your pain with someone else helps to release it and together we can work through the challenges in your life. As we work together you may find that feelings which were once scary will feel more comfortable and start to understand parts of yourself that were never understood before. When you take away your self-judgement and work through the pain of past hurts, you might be surprised at what you find.
Honouring each client’s truth, knowledge and ancestral line, I am committed to actively applying the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. Where possible I work together with the client’s community and welcome clients to bring in their whānau if they choose to. Kei te ako ahau i te reo Māori.
It is a privilege to be part of each person’s life I am involved with and I love to see the transformation that takes place in sessions.
I also facilitate equine supported therapy, see www.hearts.org.nz
Drawing from a range of approaches, I work with what is best suited to the client. Fundamental to my approach is the belief that self-compassion brings change. This belief is inherent to the meditation which I practice and teach.
Together we develop an understanding of the client’s motivations, strengths and values. Additionally, we work through what is holding the client back from connecting to themselves and others authentically. If appropriate, visual meditations, working with nature, art or movement may be incorporated.
Much of the processes discussed above are achieved by giving the client an opportunity to share their story while listening without judgement and at the same time helping the client to see themselves in a new light.
I am a Kiwi with Swiss heritage. Before studying psychology I had a background in youth work, home care and worked/volunteered at orphanages, schools, hotels and hospitals, throughout Asia, Africa, Scandinavia and Europe.
For my PhD in psychology I designed and ran a program on building resilience. Following, I completed a master’s in clinical psychology which involved two years working with clients in different settings including an indigenous school, at a private psychiatric hospital and at the university clinic.
From 2016-17 I was working with children, adolescents and adults at a mental health foundation called Headspace in Warnambool, Australia. I came back to Aotearoa in 2018 and established a private practice in Ōtaki.