Counsellor & Therapist
I have been a qualified counsellor for over twenty years. As well as working in various roles within the community I have managed a successful private practice for over fifteen years, working with people of varying ages addressing a wide range of issues.
I have also specialised in working with young people and their families for over 12 years within a multi disciplinary team of health professionals. This role included providing counselling, group work and programme development.
I was employed in Brisbane Central Business District, in a multidisciplinary team to provide phone based assessments, treatment planning and counselling for an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Provider.
I aim to provide a professional and supportive approach and am influenced by my life experiences, values, clinical experience and training. I am highly committed to practicing in a culturally sensitive, ethical and effective way.
My approach is strength-based and I draw from a broad range of counselling and psychotherapy approaches such as; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (C.B.T), Interactive Drawing Therapy (IDT), Narrative Therapy, Family Therapy, Parent-Child Therapy (Attachment Based), Trauma and Abuse Therapy and Brain- Based therapy. I provide both short term brief interventions and longer term therapy.
I work in a person- centered manner and aim to provide clients with a safe, non-judgmental therapy space where you can experience respect for you, your values, your beliefs, your uniqueness and your right to self- determination.
I am committed to working in a therapeutic alliance with you to assist you in clarifying your goals and to develop self-understanding to make changes in your life.
I aim to understand the cultural and socio-political context in which you live and how these factors affect the presenting ‘problem’. This includes awareness and assessment of social and cultural influences such as age, development, (dis)ability, religion, cultural identity, indigenous identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, nationality and gender. Professional psychotherapists and counsellors value such differences and avoid discrimination on the basis of these aspects of identity.
I am passionate about working with people and believe counselling and therapy can contribute significantly to a person's overall well-being.
PGCertHealSc (Family & Systems Therapies)
Dip Arts Psychology
Dip Child & Ado Guidance Counselling
Cert Clinical Supervision
Cert Adult Teaching
EMDR Basic Training Part One & Two
I am currently engaged in a three year Transaction Analysis Psychotherapy Training Course.
I believe that learning is a life-time process and am committed to attending various counselling, psychotherapy and personal development workshops and training opportunities to ensure my knowledge base remains current and that I provide well- informed service to people who see me.
PGDipHealSc with Cred (Mental Health)
PGCert Professional Supervsion
Memberships and Registration
ACC Registered Counsellor.
Full member and abide by the code of ethics of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC)
Te Roopu Kaiwhiriwhiri o Aotearoa.
Member of EMDRNZ.
MISMHO (Professional) Member International Society for Mental Health Online