As a New Zealand qualified and experienced teacher (I taught all ages from Year 0 – Year 13) I developed a real passion for helping children who were struggling academically, socially and emotionally. I worked as a qualified school counsellor for many years and during this time I underwent further training and completed my Master's degree in Educational Psychology. I supervise students and counsellors and now many years later, I consult privately as a counsellor and I am a Member of NZAC regional ethics team, ACC registered and an ACC assessor. I am currently in the process of working towards my PhD exploring the effects of grief on children. I work with children, young people, adults and families.
My main approach is what is known as Client Centered Practice (CCP) which means that I believe with guidance you are able to uncover the answers to the issues you face. I also use CBT, Narrative and Mindfulness therapy. I work collaboratively with you to resolve your concerns using the approach that is most suitable for you. I use effective techniques for respectful relationship resolutions.
Through counselling I can help you manage:
Work related stress
Grief Depression Stress
I counsel a range of people including individuals, couples, families, adults, children, the elderly, professionals and beneficiaries.
A CLIENT CENTRED APPROACH
The key to overcoming emotional challenges is understanding. Together we work to reach an understanding of where you or your child is at physically and emotionally and identify the cause of your concerns. Sometimes, causes are not always obvious and further exploration is required. For example, it is now known that very young children sense, and may internalise, the traumas experienced by people close to them. This has a developmental effect of the child and the way they relate to the world and others. As every person is unique and responds to their world in a different way, I use a range of treatment modalities – cognitive behavioural therapy, neuro-sequential modelling; drama, art, dream and narrative therapies. Targeted physical activities are also used where indicated. All treatment programmes are individualised and targeted to your specific needs.
To discuss how I may help you or your child overcome emotional challenges, please call me on (0274516320) for a confidential chat.