Passionate about the growth and transformation that counselling can bring when we are ready for change
Whether it’s increased stress or anxiety, feelings of powerlessness, dissatisfaction with relationships in our lives or grief, I believe that counselling has the potential to help us not only to get through, but to get better at getting through, and enjoying life more!
I often work with clients to learn more about what they’re feeling and why they might be feeling it. Sometimes we discuss thoughts that they’re having and how this is affecting how they’re feeling, and the beliefs that they have that could be driving this cycle. We all have unhelpful or unhealthy things that we tell ourselves, and counselling is the perfect place to come and shine some light on them and unpack them.
Many clients are also surprised by how powerful simple techniques are for identifying types of behaviours in themselves and others, changing relationship dynamics or creating a sense of calm in their bodies. By learning how to identify what it is that we are feeling, how this is impacting us and how we can respond to emotions, it allows us to become emotionally literate and a have better understanding of ourselves.
We all come to counselling for different reasons, wanting different things from it. My job is to get to know you and some of your story, and work with you to see what is going to be most helpful for you right now.
I use multiple modalities in my collaborative work with clients, including client centered, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Sometimes we look at life events and the meaning that they have held for the client and how this has helped a story to form in their lives, taking a closer look to break it down and develop clarity around the narrative. I tailor the therapeutic work to each client and involve the client in each stage of counselling process.
I have worked therapeutically with youth at South Wellington Intermediate School and Wellington High School, as well as co-facilitating the Self Esteem for Teen Girl courses at the Lower Hutt Women’s Centre. Previously worked as a counsellor at The Wellington Women’s Health Collective and the Lower Hutt Women’s Centre.