Pascal says that “Our heart has its reason that reason knows nothing of” …for me psychotherapy is about a joint discovery together with my client about what these reasons are which our heart has but which our reason often does not understand.
Key note statement: I am passionate about psychotherapy. In my work as a psychotherapist many clients who have come to me feel stuck in their lives or perhaps they feel overwhelmed with difficulties, or find themselves repeating destructive patterns of behaviour. Through our psychotherapeutic work together each of these people in their own unique way have been able to uncover some new understanding, or reduce the overwhelm of their lives and achieve a greater degree of satisfaction. I have found it inspiring to see the positive shift that can occur as these clients learn new behaviours, no longer feel lost, and allow themselves to feel feelings they have previously avoided or respond more skillfully to challenging situations.
My philosophy of psychotherapy respects the uniqueness of each person, and acknowledges that each of us can reach our full potential by understanding the difficulties that we face or have faced in the past. I also believe that psychotherapy can empower us to access inner strengths and resources. In finding these strengths, it is moving to see the meaningful changes that my clients have been able to make in their lives.
Prior to training as a psychotherapist I gained a wealth of experience as a partner in a long-term relationship, in raising my children, and as a teacher. In my free time I enjoy beauty, peace and stillness in nature, which I find in particular when I garden, and walk in the bush.
Approaches and modalities: I work largely from a psychodynamic psychotherapy base, but I am also informed by Integrative Gestalt, Psychoanalytic principles, and Attachment theories.
Specialisms: I mostly work with individuals and couples in medium to long term therapy, as well as some short term work. I often work with a broad range of issues. The most common are personal growth, depression, sexuality, self–esteem, anxiety, stress, grief/loss, early childhood loss, sexual abuse, shyness, identity issues, life changes, relationship issues, life transitions, and trauma. I also offer supervision to health professionals.
Professional Membership: I am a full and active member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (M.N.Z.A.P). I regularly attend New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy meetings workshops, seminars, and conferences and am a member of the Northern Regional Supervisors group for NZAP.
Experience: I have fifteen years experience as a psychotherapist working with individuals couples and groups, ten years experience supervising psychotherapists. In my first 10 years I worked for two established Auckland psychotherapy centres, and I now work solely in Private Practice
Location: 35 Carter Rd, Oratia. Phone (022) 1091 455, Monday to Thursday 8am - 5pm.
Fees: $145 for individuals & couples.