Life can present us with difficult, painful or challenging situations. Most of the time, we have the personal resources or the right support to deal with these problems, but sometimes we need more. At these times, counselling can be very helpful. You can gain a better understanding of the basis of your distress, get some distance from the issue and different perspectives. Counselling can also help you to identify what the obstacles are and help you to envision what a better outcome might look like. It can empower you to make positive changes in your life, if that is what you wish, understand yourself better, teach you new strategies and help you recognise and appreciate your strengths.
I like to work from a strengths-based perspective and work collaboratively with people so that we focus on your priorities. I work hard to create a safe, supportive counselling environment and actively seek feedback from you to ensure that your needs are being met. I am interested in helping people work through problems that are holding them back from fully engaging with life. I work from a client-centred, eclectic framework, primarily working from a solution-focussed and cognitive behavioural approach.
I have a Masters’ degree in Counselling from the University of Auckland and have worked there for 16 years counselling students of varied ages and ethnicities. The main presenting issues have been depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, loss, abuse and family concerns. Prior to this, I have worked in agencies specialising in sexual abuse and family related issues.
My special interest recently has been mild to moderate depression and I have run a 6-week group focussing on ‘Depression – practical strategies for Personal Change’.
I am also interested in helping people reach their potential, especially helping to reduce the effects of past abuse and trauma on their current life, helping them grow in self-esteem and build connections with others.