I’ve worked as a clinical psychologist since 1999 after training at Otago and Victoria Universities. Mostly I have worked in child and adolescent mental health services in Wellington, Porirua and the Hutt Valley. I have also provided supervision to other clinicians and taught in the Victoria University clinical psychology programme. I grew up in Dunedin but have lived in Wellington for 20 years. I’m a parent of two children.
I work with adults, teenagers, children and families. In my work I primarily use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). ACT helps you create a rich, full and meaningful life while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it. CFT is especially useful for people who have high levels of shame and self-criticism and who have difficulty feeling warmth toward, and being kind to, themselves or others. EMDR was specifically developed to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
My areas of interest and specialist experience are parenting, trauma and abuse, family relationships, teenagers, identity, distress, depression and anxiety. Often the most effective therapy for children is to work with their parents. I may either help you to assist your children, or help you address difficulties which are getting in the way of your parenting.
When we meet, I will take the time to listen properly to what’s happening to you. We will work out what is troubling you, what would help, and what we can do together. I support people at difficult times, by offering strategies and ideas, and by helping you understand what’s happening to you.