I am a Narrative, Somatic, Relationship and EDMR therapist. I am also an ACC Sensitive Claims provider. My work is respectful and very much about you at your pace.
I work with late adolescents, adults, couples, families, groups, LGBTQIA+ friendly, ACC Sensitive Claims, minority cultures, ethnicities and religious issues.
My style of counselling offers you support in discovering how the problem influences your life and how you may want to deal with this problem to understand, make sense and move on from this problematic space. Counselling is a very individual thing and the number of sessions you attend is up to you. Some people need only one or two sessions and others may need more.
I provide a safe and non-judgement space to work with you collaboratively to explore the effects of the problem and thought processes presenting within the problem to help you create change for yourself. Working collaboratively allows you to be in-charge of what you want out of the session and allows me to gently guide you with my professional tools.
I provide an environment for change through my professional practice, psychoeducation, and my ethical and respectful approach. The way I work allows me to address a range of issues that may present. I do not give advice, instead we work together, and at times with others whom we may agree on joining us in our work, to find a way forward.
I hold a Masters in Counselling (University of Waikato) and regularly undertake professional development to refresh my skills and knowledge.
I am trained in Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Somatic, EMDR and Careers Counselling. I also incorporate modes of play and drawing in my work depending on how open the person is towards using these methods. I work with guidance from the person and use modalities that suit the person for the issue presenting.
I like the philosophy Narrative Therapy focuses on, i.e., the problem being the problem, not the person being the problem, therefore I base my core work around this.
I also carry out conflict resolution and mediation around relational issues in workplaces, families or for community groups.
Coming to counselling in the first instance may make you feel anxious and can be challenging but my clients have told me that they quickly feel at ease and are able to share their stories and work effectively towards moving on the way to a more agentic place.
I have worked as a counsellor in New Zealand and overseas in community organisations, EAP (Employment Assistance Programme), schools and my own private clinic.
My lived experiences have involved working with people from different religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. This has allowed me to be more open to the knowledge held in different communities.
Prior to counselling I worked as a science technician, a teacher and a manager of a private enterprise. I am also a mother to two adult children.