Counselling gives you the opportunity to think aloud and grapple with what is troubling you until you are able to get to the heart of the matter. When we are able to externalise issues and name them through our language there is a possibility to make meaning of situations and to gain new understandings or perspectives.
Counselling provides a space where you can express your pain or dissatisfaction and be validated and respected. As you are able to release hurt and unsatisfactory ways, you will find alternative ways of living as well as acknowledging the strengths and values you already have.
As a counsellor my aim is to create a confidential non-judgemental and respectful place where we can work together to identify issues and explore new ways of being.
Counselling sessions are available in my Tauranga office or online via Zoom.
I have worked with clients who have had trauma in their lives, but may not use that word to describe the difficult experiences in their life, or have recognised it’s impact. Sometimes we are in situations and need to “push on” but this can lead to us not “coping” with life as exhaustion accumulates. I am often amazed with the courage and resilience people have managing the things life throw at us.
Alongside my private practice in Tauranga, I have worked part time at Grief Support Services for over 2 years. People experience grief for all sorts of resons, not just in connection to the physical passing of a loved one, so it has been broad and interesting counselling to be a part of.
I was born in New Zealand the youngest child of six children. I immigrated to Australia when I was eighteen and I lived there for thirteen years. I then travelled to South Korea where I lived for three years studying Korean and tutoring English. I met my late husband in South Korea and we decided to return to his country of origin which was Argentina and we lived in Buenos Aires for nine years. We had four children while living in Buenos Aires and eventually we decided it would be a good idea to live in New Zealand and spend time with my family. We had one more child after we returned to New Zealand. Very sadly, in 2011 my husband passed away due to a workplace accident. The ensuing years were tumultuous and I reached out for help so I know first-hand the value of finding people who can be of support during critical times.
I love reading and spending quality time with my family and friends. I find nature to be uplifting and I enjoy listening to music. Throughout my life I have actively sought humour and as a child if I was given a book of Foot-rot flats by Murray Ball for Christmas I was very satisfied.