About Me and My Practice
I have been working as a psychotherapist for 18 years. I mainly see individuals although I do work with couples. I am also a trainer for the Gestalt Institute of New Zealand. This is a NZQA-registered body for the training of psychotherapists.
I supervise individuals and groups in all areas of work that involve understanding interpersonal dynamics. I consider the purpose of psychotherapy to be enabling the person to identify those factors in their life that are not working well for them, so that they can choose healthier options to achieve the kind of life they want to live.
The here and now is vitally important, and so too is understanding why we react to people and situations the way we do. This often involves understanding where we have come from and the influences of our past.
I see Gestalt psychotherapy as being a holistic approach to working with people. All aspects of who we are - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual - are core aspects of self. I choose to be aware of all these aspects as much as I can in my work and life.
Practice HoursTuesday - Thursday 9am-5pm
By appointment only
I am accepting new clients.
Duration and CostThe sessions are 50 minutes. $100.00 per session for private individuals.
Duration of coming to me for psychotherapy can vary from one session to years. This depends on what the individual's aims are.
Usually sessions are weekly, but fortnightly can be accommodated.
Accepted by InsurersWork and Income New Zealand (WINZ) may assist with costs (disability allowance) if the criteria are met.
Some insurance companies cover psychotherapy treatment. Please check with your own insurer.
Formal QualificationsBachelor of Education (University of Canterbury)
Diploma in Business and Administration (Massey University)
Diploma of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Gestalt Institute of New Zealand)
Diploma of Teaching (University of Canterbury)
Other Training or ExperienceAdvanced Clinical Practicing Certificate, New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists
Statutory RegistrationsThe Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand
Memberships of Professional OrganisationsMember: New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists
I am a trainer for the Gestalt Institute of New Zealand which combines two areas of enjoyment for me, teaching and psychotherapy. I train people both here in Dunedin and in Christchurch.