For me, counselling is a space for my client to reflect on thoughts, experiences or emotions that often go unvoiced. It is a place to explore putting words around things that are often silent and can feel fixed and inevitable. We can take insights from the counselling experience into our lives, learn how to hold onto them and find that change is always possible, even when things are most difficult.
I have twelve years’ experience as a counsellor, working in the NGO sector, tertiary education settings and private practice. I grew up in Blenheim and spent the first part of my adult life in Christchurch. My ancestors came to Aotearoa from England, Scotland, Ireland and Poland.
I have particular experience and expertise in working with people with eating difficulties/disorders and/or body image issues.
I also work with a wide range of other issues, including anxiety and stress, depression, life difficulties, emotional avoidance, unresolved past issues or hurts, negative thoughts and general mental health concerns. I enjoy and value working with clients from diverse backgrounds.
In my work, I draw on a variety of counselling approaches, including Solution-focused Counselling, Narrative Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, as well as mindfulness practice.