Kia ora. My name is Sue Harris. Am Canuck-Kiwi. Been in Tauranga Moana for 25 years and now live in Te Tai Tokerau, Northland. Hobbies: wildlife photography – land and under the sea, freediving, my dog, community issues/projects, enjoy cooking and being travel guide for friends and family.
Knowing that you are not ok, not happy, troubled, lonely, confused, maybe depressed, and want to feel better is the first step. It is a brave act to seek outside help from yes a stranger, even though a qualified one!
Our work together is one of joint exploration and of trying to find out what is really going on – it is not just symptom relief of a problem.
I see the outcomes as building developing resilience – can cope with life’s challenges – with more effective coping strategies, more effective genuine communication, stronger reliable relationships, often better self-care.
Often we are afraid of our emotions, or are ruled by them or don’t understand them. Therapy can assist in developing emotional tolerance/capacity and for some people they need help to dial these down so this needs more of a thinking/reflecting approach.
The therapeutic relationship is central to how I work with clients whether our work is short term or longer term – the building of trust, of being truly heard, of revealing oneself to another and to oneself. The interactions between myself and a client often mirrors/represents their relationship difficulties but also reveals deeper less “conscious” information that is often more understood after the session.
I work from an existential-psychodynamic base.
Twenty five years as a self-employed psychotherapist within a group practice – private clients, contracted client work – ie ACC, Victim Support, Family Court, EAP schemes. I work with Maori as well as Pakeha – clients from different cultural backgrounds. I have had and will continue with appropriate cultural supervision for Maori clients.
Have worked with a variety of clients: