About Me

I am a qualified, experienced counsellor with twenty years experience working with people in the education and health sectors both here in Aotearoa, and overseas.

I am a full member of Te Roopu Kaiwhiriwhiri o Aotearoa/New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC), and my work is guided by the NZAC Code of Ethics.

Before becoming a counsellor, I worked as a secondary school kaiako teaching English and Classics, and as a dean.

Since completing my Masters in Counselling in 2019 I have been working as a school guidance counsellor.

Most of my work up until starting my own practice has been with rangatahi and their whānau, and I have a particular interest in working with young people.

I also manage Just Ask Rangatahi, a webpage answering young people’s tricky questions about life, relationships and hauora.

Outside of my mahi, I am a busy mother to three children, and I enjoy writing and singing.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • Diploma of Teaching
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Education (Guidance and Counselling)
  • Master of Counselling

Counselling Approach

I use a range of strategies that are grounded in different theories and approaches. The needs and preferences of each client guides me as to what approach and strategies might be most useful.

I have a preference for, and have done training in Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Person-Centred Therapy.

Guiding principles

I believe that people are not problems. We all have problems or challenges at various points in our lives, but they do not define who we are. We are more than our hard stuff, more than our thoughts and feelings, more than anything that has happened in our life.

I also believe that people are born with enormous potential and retain the power, throughout their lives, to make choices and changes so they can live in a way that feels meaningful for them. We are the experts in our own lives, and we know best what a fulfilling life looks like for us. As a counsellor, it is not up to me to decide what is best for you, or to tell you how to live your life.

I have knowledge and a set of skills that can be useful to you, but they will only be effective if I use them in partnership with you, a person who brings their own knowledge, experiences, skills, culture, and values to the conversation. Mahi tahi (collaboration) is essential – counselling is not something that is done to you, it is something that is done with you.

I am also committed to working in a way that is respectful and safe for people of all genders, sexualities, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. That is not about treating every client the same, but about learning about and respecting each client’s needs, ways of communicating and working, and adjusting the way I work to best suit them. We might be very different, but mutual respect and a willingness to listen and learn means we can work together effectively.

Writing

Personal Blog: Such is Life

Just Ask Rangatahi

Articles published by The Spinoff