For over thirty years I have worked with people in the facilitation of their personal growth and change. This has been an enduring passion and my primary occupation.
The foundations of my practice are in the Mental Health Service where I was employed an occupational therapist and psychotherapist in various multidisciplinary teams.
I have specialised in working with people who have suffered various traumas including sexual abuse, psychological abuse, family violence and neglect. I have a particular interest in working with the painful experience of shame and have written and taught on this subject.
I have a combined interest in psychodrama and psychodynamic psychotherapy. As a psychodramatist I trust in the capacity of the individual, couple or group to find creative new responses that strengthen themselves and their relationships. I believe understanding, compassion and acceptance are key contributors to change.
I am interested in people who are shy, feel invisible, and have their lives restricted by painful feelings of shame and inadequacy.
My work with couples involves me with their conflict, disappointment, isolation, sexual difficulties and bringing understanding, which paves the way for change. This work is influenced by my training in Imago Relationship Therapy.
I enjoy supervising practitioners who work with groups and individuals.
Qualifications: Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Teachers College Diploma, Certificate in Counselling (Presbyterian Support Services), Certificate in Supervision (Auckland Institute of Technology), Foundations in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Auckland Family Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre) and Introductory Course in Group Analysis (Auckland).
Memberships: New Zealand Association of Counsellors, New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists, Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association, Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Occupational Therapist.
Please feel welcome to make contact by ringing me on 021 167 6020 or emailing me at [email protected]