Based in Thames and Paeroa, I have a speciality in working with children and adolescents, which is now my main area of work. I offer specialist assessments and diagnosis, as well as psychotherapy across a range of issues.
I have specialist qualifications in the assessment of Autism Spectrum disorder, and an interest in how best to support the wellbeing of children and adolescents on the spectrum.
Trained initially in an eclectic model for psychotherapy, I went on to obtain further qualifications in addictions, and then completed a further postgraduate qualification as a clinical psychologist.
Following an initial assessment of client needs, I draw on a range of techniques and approaches from the various styles and schools of psychotherapy to best suit the client. I have considerable experience in woking with children and adolescents, and my principal approach is client-centred, although I also draw on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, ACT, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis (TA), Interactive Drawing Therapy and a number of other modalities including motivational interviewing. I have a speciality in trauma work and am trained in EMDR, Flash technique and ACC registered.
I have an ongoing interest in psychoanalytic approaches to therapy, as well as Jungian archetypal theory and dream work.
As a Clinical Psychologist I work with anger issues, relationships, drug or alcohol dependency, depression, grief and trauma, abuse and recovery.
I provide assessment and recommendations for a range of presenting issues and concerns, including complex presentations.
I have specialist qualifications and an interest in the assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
I have considerable experience in working with young people with challenging behaviours, and have also worked with numerous other issues of concern including brain injuries.
I offer professional supervision to other health practitioners, and provide professional development presentations for clinicians and other disciplines when requested,
As part of my ongoing professional development I also regularly attend training workshops and seminars which relate to my work.
I have worked previously in the mental health rehabilitation field, and as a facilitator for a court accredited Living Without Violence group programme for adult men, where I also provided one-to-one counselling, proncipally for students with anger or behavioural issues.
I have experience in the provision of drug and alcohol counselling for adolescents at various secondary schools in the Hauraki region, and have also been employed as an educator and clinician for the Problem Gambling Foundation.
I have at times been contracted to provide comprehensive drug and alcohol bio/psycho/social assessments for the courts by Oranga Tamariki, and have also provided psychotherapy for young people under that service.
Formerly a Senior Clinical Psychologist at Waikato DHB's Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, I left the DHB in October 2021 to return to private practice.
Referrals may be made by phone or email:
M: 027 276 3088