Education and Professional Background
I am a qualified counsellor with a Post Graduate Diploma of Counselling and a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. I have been working in private practice for over 20 years.
My counselling style draws from a range of approaches and techniques which will depend on the nature of the presenting issues and the personality and needs of the client.
I offer a non-directive, empathic, client-centred approach to counselling and have specific training in cognitive behavioural techniques, a narrative approach, emotionally focused therapy (EFT) and Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP).
The primary goal in ISTDP is to help clients overcome internal resistance to experiencing true feelings about the present and past which have been warded off because they are either too frightening or too painful. Clients come to therapy because of either symptoms or interpersonal difficulties. Symptoms include traditional psychological problems like anxiety and depression, but they also include physical symptoms without medically identifiable cause, such as headache, shortness of breath, diarrhea, or sudden weakness. The ISTDP model attributes these to the occurrence of distressing situations where painful emotions are triggered outside of awareness.
I have experience working with a wide range of people with issues such as grief, anxiety and depression, anger, couple issues, separation and divorce and life transition issues.
Others come to see me for a more general personal development work such as meditation and spiritual counselling and professional supervision.
I have also been teaching Insight Meditation and Mindfulness since 1990 throughout New Zealand.
I work face-to-face and online via skype.