Life can be hard and there are times when we can feel overwhelmed by the struggles we face. At these times we often need someone to talk to, someone who will listen to us, without judging, who can provide the extra help and support we need to get us through the tough times. This is where I can help.
Admitting you need help is not always easy, but everyone needs help sometimes. Reaching out for help is a strong and courageous act. As a counsellor and relationship therapist I will support you and work with you, to your agenda. Together we will find the answers and solutions to the challenges you are facing. I am passionate about helping people turn their vision for their future into reality, and to live the best life possible. Help is available, you can feel better.
I provide counselling for adults, adolescents, families and couples.
My counselling approach is based in Collaborative Therapies and includes Narrative Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. I also draw from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Neuroscience, Attachment theory and other modalities as appropriate. I will listen to your story without judgment and you will choose your own goals for therapy. We will identify the origin of the problem as well as patterns of thoughts and behaviours that are keeping you stuck. We will focus on future possibilities and solutions, identifying your strengths, skills and abilities that can help you to improve your life.
My couples therapy is based on the Developmental Model and Gottman Method. Together we will identify the issues in the relationship and what you would like to improve. A variety of approaches will be used to help you repair your relationships, rebuild intimacy and connection with each other, improve your communication, increase your understanding of yourself and your partner, develop skills, resolve conflicts and build a stronger, more resilient relationship to take you into the future.
Before qualifying as a counsellor I worked as a registered nurse (18 years), manager of a non-profit organisation, business mentor and life coach. After qualifying as a counsellor, I worked in a community clinic and a secondary school. I’ve now been in private practice exclusively for many years. I’m experienced in working with adolescents, families, individuals and couples. I’m a specialised relationship therapist with advanced training. I attend many professional development courses every year to ensure I stay current and deliver the best possible service to all my clients.
My partner and I have five adult children and one grandchild between us. In my spare time I enjoy beach and bush walks, travelling, reading, movies, pub quizzes, art, going to shows (especially comedy ones), cooking and sharing a meal with friends. I have lived on the North Shore my whole life and enjoy being close to the beautiful beaches. I understand first hand how hard life can be because I have also experienced challenges and difficulties that have affected my relationships, health, children and family. Most recently I had to take a break from work for a period to undergo treatment for breast cancer.
I offer clinical supervision to counsellors and other health care professionals. As a supervisor, I am committed to offering a supportive and nourishing experience for supervisees which enables them to continue to continue working safely, ethically and to their fullest potential. Supervision is collaborative journey, where you can reflect on, extend and expand your practice. It provides an opportunity to learn, explore, and discover new ways of thinking, to review skills, contemplate ethical dilemmas, identify appropriate professional development and find the best way of working for you.