In 1993 I qualified with distinction as a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor. Around this time I was also involved in extensive Psychodrama and group work training. I was employed by the Nelson Area Health Board as an Addictions Counsellor, and I was intrigued as to what lay beneath the symptoms of addiction. I discovered that when people were in the process of stopping addictive behaviour often historical difficulties emerged. I found that working with people at this deeper level really helped them stay clean because they were healing from the base up. I was excited and knew that this is how I wanted to work. In 1993 I started further Psychotherapy training, and in 1997 I attained a three-year Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). That same year I trained as a Clinical Supervisor.
Working in Private Practice and in an agency as a Trauma Psychotherapist in the Sexual Abuse field in Auckland, I became well versed in working with trauma. I became an ACC registered therapist. Already a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC), I also qualified as a member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists. (NZAP).
What I had learnt during the three years at AUT excited me, but also left me with the desire to learn more. In 2000 I undertook another three-year part-time post graduate study under the New Zealand Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (NZIPP), which is affiliated to the Australasian Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (AIPP). After qualifying and a two-year trial membership I attained clinical membership.
I learnt so much more about myself during this time, as intensive self-therapy was a part of the program. As a more experienced and mature Psychotherapist I developed a way of working that uniquely suits my clients and that I really enjoy to share.
In 2010 I returned to AUT, where I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Clinical Supervision. This updated my prior supervisors training and enabled me to work more effectively as a Supervisor for other trainee Psychotherapists.
In 2011 I was employed by AUT to both co-teach the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy year one paper and supervise individuals and small groups of trainee students. I enjoyed the supervision work, but not so much the teaching so I turned down the offer to teach this paper the following year. I continued to supervise students for AUT over the next few years.
As you can see I have a long history of working in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision. The reason for sharing this is to help you feel confident that I have both sufficient training and experience. I find it a privilege and greatly satisfying to work with people at a deep level. An added joy is that to this day I continue to learn a lot from the people I work with.
I am currently a Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ) and also a member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP) Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. I am committed to meeting the requirements of these professional bodies in order to attain my yearly practising certificate. I adhere to the code of ethics for NZAP.