About Me and My Practice
I was a Residential Social Worker both in The Netherlands and in New Zealand. While working there I became interested in why children came into care, and what effect a separation from their family had on them. The need of the children I looked after could not be met by the residential group alone, and individual counselling or psychotherapy was frequently needed. My interest in psychotherapy developed from there.
My background in child psychotherapy influences my thinking about the issues brought by clients. I try to understand the presenting difficulties in terms of one's whole life experiences, e.g. attachment patterns, trauma etc., in the past as well as in the present. The therapy is aimed at the past, the present, and the future.
I have extensive experience working with people recovering from sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues.
Practice HoursTuesday - Friday 8.00am - 6.00pm
I see clients by appointment only.
I am accepting new clients.
Duration and CostA session lasts 50 minutes and costs $95.00
Accepted by InsurersI am able to provide ACC funded counselling and some clients might be able to receive funding from Work and Income (WINZ) .
Formal QualificationsPostgraduate Diploma in Child Psychotherapy (University of Otago)
Other Training or ExperienceDiploma of Residential Social Work- Aemstelhorn Social Academy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Statutory RegistrationsThe Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand
Memberships of Professional OrganisationsMember: New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists
Member: New Zealand Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists
I have been teaching in a number of subjects related to psychotherapy theory and its practices - attachment theory, child development, and transference.
I am regularly teaching at The Ashburn Clinic Psychotherapy Seminar Series.
Publication: “Watch, Wait and Wonder”: Using Play to Strengthen the Parent/Child Relationship, Ann Speirs and Marian Vlaar in: Investing in Children. Proceedings of the Children’s issues Centre Inaugural Child and Family Policy Conference. 10-13 July 1996. Ed. N.J. Taylor and A.B. Smith, Children’s issues Centre, Dunedin, 1996.