I have 20 years experience providing a safe, trusting environment for men and women to develop, relate more fully, and get more enjoyment from their lives. I provide both individual and group supervision for counsellors, therapists and other health professionals such as nurses, doctors and teachers.
Most people develop coping/survival mechanisms or defenses to help them operate in life, some of which end up being problematic and restricting of life and relationships. Often we end up repeating these patterns, not understanding where we go wrong, or how to do things differently, and feeling hopeless.
Safety and trust in the therapist and the therapeutic relationship is central to allow these patterns to be unpacked, to make sense of how one operates interpersonally. I offer a trusting, reliable, supportive environment in which to explore a more authentic, less defended way of being in life.
Emotional well-being depends on having satisfying mutual relationships with others. If you are suffering with emotional pain and disconnection, this can be treated and healed with the support of skilled interpersonal therapy. Relational Psychotherapy is a respectful collaborative style of therapy in which patterns can be identified and understood, and new behaviours learned and tried out with the ongoing support of the therapist.
I have over twenty years experience as a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor, both in private practice and with the Home and Family Society, Women’s Refuge, West Auckland Hospice, North Shore Hospice. I have also worked as a Tutor in the Counselling Diploma for Human Development & Training Institute of NZ, held a postion as a Director of Human Development and Training (HD&T), and been a Member of the Northern Region NZ Psychotherapists Supervisors Group since 2007.
Supervisor for 12 years of health professionals, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, and trainee Counsellors. I offer Group Supervision for organisations such as Hospice and individual supervision for other professionals such as Doctors and Teachers.
I believe that the essence of good supervision is to assist the supervisee to develop enough trust in the supervisory dyad to be able to really reflect honestly on their practice and to explore fully their personal dynamics as a practitioner, the transferential and counter-transferential dynamics, and what is happening with their clients. Along with the more traditional tasks of supervision (oversight, safety, professional development, self care, socio-economic/cultural/gender issues), I use a relational model of supervision with the idea of examining more closely the parallel processes relating to the work that are recreated within the interpersonal field of the supervisory dyad.
I have been a Member of the Northern Region NZ Psychotherapists Supervisors Group since 2007 and supervise Psychotherapists towards becoming Members of NZAP and completing their Certificate of Advanced Clinical Practice.
I have a particular interest in professional ethics and exploring the conflicting needs of clinicians, agencies and clients. I provide a regular safe, confidential space for health professionals to have an overview of the complex interactional fields involved in managing the multiple role expectations of clients, agencies, other third parties, including professional, ethical and political demands.