Education and Professional Background

I completed a Post Graduate Diploma of Counselling in 2002, am a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors and have been working in private practice for over 20 years.

My professional experience includes work as manager of Changeability a counselling and family violence service, Board member of the National Network of Stopping Violence Services, counsellor for Relationships Aotearoa and Sedgley Family Centre.

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).

In 2020 I completed my Core Training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and am currently enrolled in an advanced training with Dr Steve Arthey, a clinical psychologist in Brisbane. Most of my work now uses the ISTDP model of working.

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. I am acutely aware that we are in the middle of a climate and ecological crisis and that clients may or may not choose to discuss in therapy their personal responses such as eco-anxiety or grief. I believe that as mental health professionals' we have the responsibility to empathically and pro-actively respond to ecological issues without any form of denial, minimisation, or helplessness. 

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 and have helped to set up Waiwaste, a local food rescue organisation providing food for people experiencing food poverty and reducing food waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

I work face-to-face and online via zoom.