When we are no longer able to change a situation … we are challenged to change ourselves.
– Viktor E. Frankl
Although change is natural to the flow of life, some changes can naturally take you off guard. You might experience change as profound loss that overwhelms your thoughts and emotions.
At the same time, change can be seen as opportunity: a call to make new sense of your world, cultivate a richer understanding of yourself, and make helpful changes to your own behaviour and relationships. Counselling is a way to honour your experiences, facilitate increased self-knowledge and growth, and move towards what is important and meaningful for you, all within a supportive, reflective, and caring environment.
My approach is warm and client-centred. I will pay non-judgmental attention to your story and how you tell it. With an understanding that you exist in a network of relationships, I will utilise a variety of therapeutic techniques to help you come to your own realisations and a unique version of growth and change. I am open to engaging with your individual philosophical or spiritual perspective.
I offer short-term goal-oriented counselling and longer-term, psychodynamic therapy, or a combination of the two. The problem that you come with might change over time, and your goals might shift or deepen. We can collaboratively work through underlying issues such as relational trauma, and challenging emotions such as shame, anger and fear.
I have worked as a lecturer on the Bachelor of Applied Counselling programme at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) where I taught courses on counselling and human development. I have experience counselling across cultures in the international tertiary education sector, and in the community with clients from various backgrounds at the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Before discovering my passion for counselling, I taught English as a second language in various countries, such as Japan and Brazil. Living abroad for almost ten years provided me with my own set of challenging and rewarding experiences adapting to different cultures and relationships. After this period of great personal change, returning home to Aotearoa gave me many more valuable instances of learning and adjustment. I incorporate this depth of lived experience into my work as a counsellor.