Bachelor of Counselling, BA, Advanced Dip in Executive Management NZIM, Dip Theology (Melbourne College of Divinity), Postgrad Dip Education (Teaching English as a Second Language)
I am a member of the New Zealand Association for Counsellors
(NZAC – Provisional), and Creative Therapies Association of Aotearoa (CTAA).
I am married and have one adult son and five younger children. I have worked in a variety of industries including hospitality and education. I originally trained as a high school teacher and have held registration until 2017. I have taught English to international students at the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University and I enjoyed helping them with problems they encountered living in New Zealand.
I retrained and qualified as a counsellor in 2015, completing a degree in counselling in 2016. I have worked with a range of clients from children and adolescents through to people in the second half of life.
I love working with people of all ages and especially with children, adolescents and young adults. I work from a Person-Centred approach and integrate attachment theory.
With children and young people, I work creatively using play therapy and activities such as art and sand tray. I can work creatively with adult clients if this is how you would like to work.
I work with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, anger, self-harm, sexual abuse, sexual addictions, grief and loss, bullying and issues arising from learning and behaviour difficulties in children and young people.
I also work with issues related to career and personal development, low self-esteem, work-related stress and redundancy.
I work to continually develop myself as a person, and as a counsellor, and to fulfill my ethical obligation to work responsibly with my clients.
I believe that counselling can be scary, and I will work to help you feel safe. My person-centred approach will look at whatever is important to you. I also believe that feeling accepted and understood can increase confidence and self-acceptance and assist in healing emotional wounds. I understand that in offering clients a non-judgemental relationship in exploring their experience, they can come to trust their own judgment. I work with clients with patience, warmth and compassion aware that our innate potential for growth needs to account for the fact that we are not only unique but also complex.
When I am not at work, I love biking, yoga, enjoying a good coffee, spending time with my tribe of children, and walking the Port Hills and beyond to relax mind and body!