I initially trained for two years as a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, qualifying with distinction in 1993. Around this time I also was involved in extensive Psychodrama and group work training. I applied and became a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. In 1997 I trained as a Clinical Supervisor.
I was employed by the Nelson Area Health Board as an Addictions Counsellor. I discovered that when people were in the process of stopping addictive behaviour that often historical difficulties emerged. I was intrigued as to what lay beneath the symptom of addiction. I found that working with people at this level really helped them stay clean from healing from the base up. This work excited me, this was how I wanted to work. This lead me into further Psychotherapy training which I began in 1994 and completed in 1997 in Auckland, at the Auckland University of Technology, having attained a three year Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy.
I was working in Private Practice and also in an agency as a Trauma Psychotherapist in the Sexual Abuse field in Auckland and I became well versed in working with trauma. I became registered under ACC to subcontract work for them. I applied and then 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 left me wanting to learn more so I then undertook another three year part-time post graduate program in 2000 under the New Zealand Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (NZIPP) that is affiliated to the Australasian Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (AIPP). I qualified, then attained clinical membership following another two year trial membership. I learnt a lot more about myself during this time as intensive self therapy was a part of the program and I also grew into how i really enjoy working as a more experienced and mature Psychotherapist. After thirteen years, in 2013 I resigned from the NZ Psychoanalytic institute and a little later joined the International Association of Relational Psychotherapy. (IARPP)
In 2010 I returned to AUT University to undertake and complete a 60 point Post Graduate Certificate in Health Science in Clinical Supervision. This training updated my prior supervisors training and I started working 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 also to 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 but continued to supervise students for them over the next few years.
So as you can see I have a long history of working in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision. I have laid this out to help you become familiarised with my background and to help you feel confident that I have both sufficient training and experience. I really enjoy working with people and find it deeply satisfying occupation. I have learnt a lot from the people I work with and this continues today.
I am currently a Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ) and also a member of both the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP) and the International Association of Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IARPP) 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 which includes a complaints procedure.