My Approach

My counselling approach is eclectic as I am guided by your needs and who you are. Fundamentally I take a person-centred approach. Complimentary to this, I draw on a variety of approaches that include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative and Gestalt Therapies. I focus on practical strategies to bring about emotional regulation through the use of ‘best-fit’ approaches to the individual that also include

  • FACT (Focussed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

  • DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy)

  • Self Regulation 

  • Play/Sand Tray Work

  • Family-Focused Therapy/Systemic Practice

I have a developed an understanding of the complexities of neurodiversity in children and young people and how to offer appropriate support for diverse thinking children, using a child-centred approach that incorporates ensuring children are accepted with compassion and understanding in their schools. 

My passion is to build positive, thriving relationships with clients that bring about a safe, sensitive, empathetic, confidential and empowering approach to the counselling experience. 

Transforming negative, unhealthy patterns of relating into passionate, positive, connected relationships that result in living a joyous, meaningful, fulfilling life with self and others.
 

I hold a post-graduate diploma in teaching and counselling as well as a Masters Degree in counselling from The University of Auckland, with a specialism in the anxiety spectrum that includes school avoidance, generalised anxiety and social anxiety.

 

I am a member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC), Member of Association for Family and Systemic Practice (AFT), Fully Registered Teacher (Secondary), Member of New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology (NZAPP), Member of Child Focus and Youth Cyber Safety Group (NZ). Self-Reg facilitator. 
Facilitator in Incredible Years programme 
Facilitator for Toolbox - a parenting course for tweens and teens