There are times in our life when we need someone to walk alongside us, listen to us, encourage us, help us untangle the confusing messes we get into and help us look at options so we have the courage to make changes.
That’s what counselling is all about, but it doesn’t have to be problem saturated, it could also be brainstorming new ideas, coaching for new plans, celebrating successes and planning for the future.
It is my privilege to work with a wide variety of people and to be a co-author in their life stories.
I have been a teacher for many years and enjoy working with people of all ages from babies to adults. I work in private practice as a counsellor and am fluent in NZSL so can also work with Deaf people and their families.
I work with children, adolescents, individuals, couples and older adults. I have travelled to many countries and love learning about other cultures. You will be welcomed to share your stories and your culture with me.
My dog and I do Pet Therapy in resthomes, schools, universities and institutions. I am a chaplain for St John in West Auckland and have experience with trauma, grief, disability and dying. I have a special interest in adults with dementia and capturing their memories to pass on to their families.
Agencies such as CYF, domestic violence, disability providers, Ministry of Education sometimes ask me to work with their clients and I present at workshops, conferences and seminars.
As an experienced counsellor, I also offer professional supervision to counsellors, psychologists, mental health workers, teachers, nurses and pastoral care workers.
Narrative therapy is the telling and retelling of your life stories, identifying strengths and celebrating ‘sparkling moments’. It is a respectful way of working where you are the one who decides how therapy will play out. The approach of narrative therapy underpins my work.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy helps to identify unhelpful or unhealthy thought patterns, look at alternative meanings and make changes to thought patterns that support a more positive outlook. Some of my clients find this direct approach helpful.
I am a creative person who enjoys expressing emotions and feelings in a variety of ways. I have trained in art therapy, sand tray work, drama, drumming, journaling and creative writing, which I can incorporate into my work with you. I’m also fairly confident with digital technology and use this to make sessions interesting and relevant to today’s society. You can look forward to interesting, interactive sessions and decide which format you would like us to use.
Some of the issues we can work on are:
- Anxiety, Worry and Panic
- Bullying – personal, workplace or cyber
- Confidence and Self- Esteem
- Grief and Loss – chronic illness, disability, redundancy, loss of loved ones, refugees
- Identity – discovering ‘who’ you are or re-inventing ‘who you want to be’
- Life Transitions and Change
- Violence and Abuse
- Master of Counselling with Honours
- Advanced Diploma of Teaching
- Diploma of Teaching Early Childhood
- Diploma of Educating Students with Hearing Impairment and Deafness
- Professional Memberships
- Full member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors – NZAC
- Full registration with New Zealand Teacher Registration Board
A session of one hour to invest in life changes costs $140 for individuals and $180 for couples.