ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
The foundation of my training began with the completion of a Batchelor of Arts Degree majoring in Psychology and Sociology in 1991, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work in 1994. Following this I worked as a Probation Officer within the Justice Department for a year before working for the CDHB Mental Health Services as a Social Worker within hospital and community based settings.
Prior to setting up in Private Practice in 2005 I worked full time for the CDHB Anxiety Disorders Unit for seven years, where my role involved carrying out Psychological Assessment and Treatment. Concurrently, I undertook further university study qualifying with a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Mental Health) in 2002, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (with distinction) in 2005. My work experience with Mental Health settings, coupled with my qualifications, equipped me well to venture into private practice where I continue to study. In 2015 I completed a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy.
APPROACH TO WORK
While I predominantly work within a Cognitive Behavioural Model, over time I have trained in and incorporated several other models into my practice including, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotional Couple Therapy, and Mindfulness. Further I can offer Hypnotherapy as an adjunct to therapy having completed a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy in 2015.
Training within these complementary modalities has allowed me to be flexible in my approach to therapy, with the aim of helping individuals become more aware of themselves, their values and what motivates them. Furthermore, individualised therapy enables individuals to reach realistic goals, and to effectively cope with difficult and challenging situations in the future.
My passion for my work is limitless, as is the ever-evolving science of psychology, hence I continue to attend professional development and specific training courses of interest both in New Zealand and overseas. More recently I have become fascinated with Neuroscience and the new opportunities it has opened up for complimentary treatment. To date I have attended successive “Neuoscience” seminars in New Zealand on the treatment of Depression, Anxiety and Trauma and further, I am looking forward to undertaking Certified Clinical Neuropsychotherapy Practitioner Training, in Melbourne, later this year.
I am registered within the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers, a member of the New Zealand Society of Clinical and Applied Hypnotherapy, and a registered member of the Natural Health Council. Further, I am currently in the process of applying for membership of the NZ Association of Counsellors.