About Me and My Practice
My interest in psychotherapy was aroused as a volunteer in the early years of the Women's Refuge. I wanted to understand the powerful drives that push some people towards violence and keep others in difficult relationships. I became fascinated with the work of psychotherapy and its power to transform people's lives in relation to parenting, work-based relationships, marriages/partnerships, violence, abuse, and other areas of difficulty.
After four years part-time training in Gestalt Therapy, I completed full-time training in Child Psychotherapy at the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago. This provided me with valuable opportunities to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
My clients are individuals, couples, and sometimes families. I work with you to explore which aspects of your life you are satisfied with and those that are troubling to you. Following your lead in pursuing what you want to achieve, I may act as a guide, facilitator, sounding board, and reflecting mirror. I seldom offer advice or provide homework or tasks to achieve, but on occasion I do make suggestions and offer reading materials.
40-50% of my work is supervision of other professionals, mostly in the field of mental health, but also including school principals, managers, midwives, and clergy.
Practice HoursMonday-Thursday 8.40am-5pm, by appointment only. I am available for new clients although sometimes there may be a waiting list.
Duration and CostMy standard fee is $90 per session. Therapy sessions are 45 minutes and supervision sessions are 50 minutes. Most people attend weekly and determine their own finishing point.
Accepted by InsurersSome funding for couples therapy may be provided through the Family Court.
Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) also provides some funding for people on low incomes.
Formal QualificationsCertificate in Child Psychotherapy (University of Otago)
Other Training or ExperienceTrained Teacher Certificate (Dunedin College of Education)
Certificate in Gestalt Therapy, 1982 after a four year part-time training with Dr Peter McGeorge, Lewis Lowery, and Don Kaperick.
I have practised as a psychotherapist for over 25 years both in private practice, and, for 17 years, as the head of the counselling department at the Dunedin College of Education.
My interest in group psychotherapy has led to my involvement in running a number of groups through the years, including groups for people with eating disorders, for people who have been sexually abused, and also for health professionals in training.
I have been involved in psychotherapy teaching for many years and am currently teaching on the Ashburn Clinic psychotherapy seminars.
My supervision work has involved facilitating other psychotherapists to complete the membership requirements for the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP). In this capacity I have been involved in the NZAP supervisors group, have marked therapeutic studies, and been an examiner on oral panels.
At an administrative level, I have been a member of the Executive of the New Zealand Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists (NZACAP) for which I was the president for 4 years. I was also on the Council of NZAP.
I make sure that I continue developing my knowledge through conferences, individual and peer supervision, and reading groups.
Statutory RegistrationsThe Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand
Memberships of Professional OrganisationsMember: New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists
In 1992, I received a Winston Churchill Fellowship to explore issues relating to sexual abuse. The report, 'Perspectives in Sexual Abuse from Home and Abroad', was published in 1992. I have co-written a book with David Carlyle, 'Too close for comfort A book for teenagers who have been sexually abused within their families', published by Longman Paul in 1988. I have also written articles for the New Zealand Psychotherapy Journal and given presentations at conferences, e.g. NZAP, NZACAP, Doctors For Sexual Abuse Care (DSAC), the New Zealand Association of Clinical Psychologists.