We generally seek out a psychologist to talk with when we are feeling challenged or even overwhelmed by a deterioration in a relationship, a difficult life adjustment, or a significant depression, anxiety, or similar mental health problem.
I am focused on understanding you as a unique individual and creating a kind and caring space which is safe enough for you to speak openly about what is happening for you, your inner emotional world and your private thoughts.
Finding a safe, compassionate and non-judgemental place in which to talk through our problems is by itself a powerful first step in soothing our nervous systems.
I’m happy to talk with you by phone or meet with you briefly without charge. The purpose of this is to answer any questions you may have and for you to get a sense of how we can work together.
How much time I have available to talk with you will depend on my work schedule on that day, but generally these conversations are approximately 10 – 15 minutes. If you decide to book an appointment, there is no requirement for a referral.
We work together
At our first counselling session, we will talk about what has brought you to counselling and what you want to achieve. We’ll cover some of the background and context, what makes things better or worse, any urgent situations, and ideally begin a process of clarifying your goals and discussing what may work best for you.
The understandings gathered and the tentative decisions made at that stage inevitably evolve over a series of therapeutic sessions, as we understand more deeply and notice how you respond to therapy.
There is no obligation to continue beyond the first session if you decide not to proceed.
As therapy progresses, my passion lies in helping you to create new emotional, cognitive and behavioural experiences, within the context of your values and the realities of the situation you face. The aim is to reconnect you with your inner strengths and resources, your natural wisdom and sanity, in ways that either resolve the challenging situation you face or, at minimum, change your relationship with the challenging situation in such a way that it becomes workable and manageable for you.
I work with both couples seeking to deepen their intimacy and to find new joy in being together, and adults (sixteen years and over) facing a wide range of personal challenges, including anxiety and depression. I have a passion for helping clients to access their inner resources, including their natural capacity for mindfulness, the power of their emotional lives, and the overlooked wisdom and sanity that we are all born with.
A little about me
I am a fully registered psychologist, working in private practice in both Ponsonby and Orewa in Auckland.
I previously worked as a psychologist within a multi-disciplinary public health team and a university counselling service. Among other things I have a background in advocacy, I have been a Meditation Instructor for over a decade, and I volunteer my time to run secular mindfulness courses.
My academic and professional research in psychology has been into how traditional Buddhist mindfulness practices have been absorbed and adapted in the context of western psychology. My formal qualifications are: Counselling Psychology: (PG Dip, MHSc (First Class Honours), BHSc (First Class Honours), law: (LLB(Hons)), business: Dip Bus, and arts: (BA).
I am a member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), the NZ Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NZCEFT), and the NZ Psychological Society (NZPS).