I am a counsellor based on the Kāpiti Coast, and a co-founder of Kāpiti EMDR & Therapy Centre. My background is working primarily with women, young people and their families.
I have worked as a counsellor at a women’s health collective, for a postnatal distress service, for an NHS mental and emotional wellbeing platform, for an NGO which provides counselling for children, young people, adults and families in the Wellington region, and am also an ACC and EAP provider.
I have worked as a counsellor in Kāpiti since 2014, after moving here with my husband, daughter, dog and tabby cat. I enjoy yoga, gardening and our beautiful beaches on the coast.
I use a client-centred, strengths-based approach, with a main focus on collaboration. Collaborating together from the outset to the conclusion of our work means that we stay focussed on your goals and what you are hoping to achieve from counselling. It means that your beliefs, values and uniqueness are celebrated and incorporated into our work.
Counselling and psychotherapy approaches that inform my practice include:
EMDR – (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), a structured psychotherapy approach for treating trauma. You can read more about EMDR here.
Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are other modalities that inform my approach.
I am committed to growing and evolving my knowledge and skills to keep up with developments in the field by attending professional development events and workshops.
Most importantly, I am committed to building a therapeutic relationship with you to help you achieve and sustain your goals.
Qualifications & Registration
- Full member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors, Te Roopu Kaiwhiriwhiri o Aotearoa (MNZAC)
- Masters in Counselling
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Counselling and Guidance)
- Diploma Trauma Management
- ACC ISSC (Sensitive Claims) Registered Provider
- Member of the EMDR Association of NZ
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