Helping people of all ages achieve a better quality of life, never gets old.
Registered Mental Health Professional
I have been a registered mental health practitioner for the past 14 years and have worked as a counsellor, a trainer and mental health specialist. I have experience working in GP practices alongside medical staff, in alcohol, drug and addiction services and with family and youth services. I have also worked within corrections and with the Capital and Coast DHB.
My philosophy .
Each age comes with its own stressful life events and the size and frequency of these often determine whether our path through life is a rocky or smooth one.
A difficult childhood can take its toll and can make the transition to into adulthood even harder than it already is.
Untreated ongoing stress can cause chronic anxiety and worry and deep feelings of sadness and depression. It can take its toll on our sleep, our appetite and drive us to self medicate the pain or turn to behaviors we may feel are too difficult to control. Left un-treated feelings of low self esteem, hopelessness and feeling trapped can result in feeling like there is never a way out.
I can assure you there is a way out and through and even over if need be. I can provide some of those road maps and with counselling help make coping with those speed bumps more bearable. I understand the value of privacy and confidentiality. You can be yourself with me and I don't judge.
I work with parents of young children who are struggling, primary school children, teenagers and young adults, adults and older adults 65 years+.
Private, safe one to one sessions
I specialise in working with
Childhood issues: Childhood anxiety, adjusting to new siblings, daycare and preschool problems, relationship problems with other children, food issues, anger issues.
Primary and Secondary School Students: Low self esteem, depression, anxiety issues including social anxiety and relationship issues with peers, LGBTIA+, gender and sexuality issues, bullying and social media problems, sleep problems, acne, skin and weight issues, family relationship problems, bulimia and other compulsive behaviors, anger issues, goal setting, bereavement from suicide.
Adults: Anxiety including work burn out, depression and low mood, sleep problems, anger management, alcohol, drug, gambling, pornography addiction, bulimia and weight issues, family relationship problems, bereavement from suicide.
I use evidence-based therapy modalities that include but are not limited to;
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Solution focused therapy
Systemic Family and relationship therapy
Wholistic Health models
Training and Continuing Professional Development
Tailor made group training sessions
Mental Health Training for Teaching Staff
Designed for Teachers, School and Administration Staff, School Principals covering topics such as;
Recognising triggers and warning signs in primary and secondary school students.
Anxiety and self harming behaviours.
Depression and suicidal ideation.
Tools to provide support.
This two hour workshop is designed to be delivered onsite in the workplace in the same amount of time as a staff meeting. The workshop includes education on the most serious presenting mental health issues in children and young people, how to assess risk and provide support.
$650 + gst per workshop.
Private, safe one to one sessions
Professional supervision functions as an emotionally safe space that, in turn, promotes critical reflection and has a positive impact on health workers emotional well-being. This supervision provides support and guidance for the management of personal and professional demands that are created by the nature of the work.
$140 + gst per session.
Frequently asked questions
I usually cope fine by myself – do I really need counselling?
Everyone has challenging situations. Even if you have coped pretty well in the past there is nothing wrong with seeking extra support when needed. Having insight into realising you need a hand every now and again is to be admired. Counselling can give you the tools to avoid triggers and overcome work, personal and relationship challenges.
What can I expect from a counselling session and how many sessions do
The law protects confidentiality of all communications between counsellor and client or supervisee. No information is disclosed to anyone including workplaces or family without the client’s permission. There are however exceptions to this rule;
Suspected child, dependent adult or elder abuse. The counsellor is required to report this to authorities.
If a client intends to harm him or herself the counsellor will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure safety however if the counsellor feels the clients life is in danger then confidentiality will be broken to alert services to keep the client safe.
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