Twenty years experience Counselling, Counselling education and Mental Health practice. Experienced Supervisor to Counsellors and Trainees, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, Social Service workers and Managers.
Counsellor and Analytic Candidate in the Lacanian Field (CLA NZ), Professional & Clinical Supervisor, - Dip Coun; PGDipHealSci (Mental Health); PGCertHealSci (Advanced Psychotherapy Practice - Clinical Supervision); Accredited in Interpersonal Psychotherapy; Focused ACT Practitioner
I provide a safe and confidential Counselling and Supervision space to explore personal experience, gain understanding, and support the development of the person.
I respect and understand the pressure often experienced in entering therapy for the first time, or the need to find a new therapist. I approach therapy as an opportunity to support your growing self-understanding, as we compassionately and honestly attend to the issues you seek to resolve. Openness to and engagement with unconscious processes, which present in language, imagination, dreams and behaviour, supports clients to navigate life, find meaning and fulfilment.
My approach is informed by my own development, engagement with, and learning from Psychoanalysis and Interpersonal Psychotherapies. I draw on Freudian, Jungian and Lacanian perspectives including contemporary developments in theory and practice.
Therapy may be time bound for a set number of sessions, or open-ended, and is decided together at the beginning of our work.
I have 15 years experience supporting the development of the individual practitioner - Managers, Clinicians, Trainees - as they navigate the boundaries of their work context. I believe integration of personal and professional boundaries is at the centre of safe and effective practice, and I highly value client work being the focus of Supervision.
My approach values a focus on the 'here and now' which reflects processes outside immediate awareness. The process of understanding work, the development of a space to think freely, and supporting a process of working through, attends to professional and ethical boundaries that are often in tension, overstepped, and sometimes pushed aside in human interactions.
I view Supervision, both professional and clinical, as collegial and structured within mutually agreed expectations, accountabilities and confidentiality. I maintain an ongoing clinical practice and CPD.
I am an Analytic Candidate with the New Zealand Centre for Lacanian Analysis and I welcome enquiries from potential Analysands - those seeking analysis - for preliminary discussion about psychoanalysis.
“A psychoanalysis, consists in speaking freely, in not hushing the ideas that go through your head, like we’re doing right now. Little by little, from within your own words, another meaning forms and surprises you, then falls apart, taking the pain with it. Usually, you discover just how conditioned you had been by apparently minute elements encountered in hazardous circumstances: things from childhood, meetings, certain words said to you, and we keep coming back to them until the malevolent charge of these elements softens. Each case is different.” (Jacques-Alain Miller, ‘Response to the Anti-Freudians’, Le Point, 22.09.05.)
I welcome a conversation with you to see if there may be a good fit between us, and in meeting your Counselling or Supervision needs.
Areas of Practice
20 years post graduate experience.
Registered Member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors
Experienced Leader and Manager in Health, NGO Social Services and Education sectors
Evidence based and time-limited approach for improving mood and social functioning.
Accredited IPT Therapist and member of the ISIPT
Contemporary Psychoanalytic approach.
PGCert Advanced Psychotherapy Practice: Clinical Supervision