I am a woman of Irish/Scottish/Maori heritage (Ngai Tahu).
I am married to my partner of 33 years and we have 2 adult children.
I have also worked for several years as a family/whanau support person for families who live with mental health problems.
I have spent 12 years working in a counselling centre undertaking a variety of roles including NGO management, clinical leadership, group facilitation and counselling.
I have spent the last two years working for a national EAP provider.
For leisure, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, biking and playing badminton.
My Approach to therapy
I believe the most important aspect when undertaking counselling is the quality of the therapeutic relationship between the client and the therapist. You can be assured of my unconditional regard and respect throughout the counselling process.
My philosophical stance to therapy is from a social constructionist perspective using the narrative metaphor. I favour this stance as it acknowledges cultural and contextual considerations and language and discourse as a form of power. Often these considerations subjugate and marginalise people, often unbeknown to them. I am trained to help people recognise these considerations and challenge them.
I have a sound understanding of a number of therapeutic approaches and models which I am happy to explain if this is important to you. I will employ strategies and techniques from a number of approaches to tailor the therapy for your unique requirements.
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology) – Waikato University
Master of Counselling (Hons)-Waikato University
Post Graduate Certificate in Family Counselling-Waikato University
Graduate Certificate in Supervision – Waikato Institute of Technology
Master of Applied Social Work (Hons)- Massey University
Full member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors
Full member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers