About Me and My Practice
I began training as a Psychotherapist in 1985 while working as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse at the Ashburn Clinic. This experience ignited my curiosity and challenged me to understand more about the complexities of human relationships; how our past experiences influence the present, how we respond to life events, and the things that get in the way of a joyful, productive, and creative life.
My approach is comprehensive, holistic and relational. I work with you in a collaborative way to facilitate self- understanding and to foster positive development.
I work with men and women of all ages, and have wide experience with young adults. With over thirty years experience working in mental health/wellness in a variety of settings, I bring that depth of experience, along with a compassionate and non-judgemental heart, to the science and art that is Psychotherapy.
Providing professional supervision is a substantial aspect of my practice, including: psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors, nurses, lawyers, managers, teachers, tertiary educators, and community agency workers.
I work biculturally alongside Maori, and am the initiator and inaugural holder of the national NZAP portfolio for bicultural practice in Aotearoa.
The diversity of our planet interests me immensely, and I enjoy working cross culturally. I have worked with Refugees and Immigrants (sometimes with interpreters) from around the world.
Practice HoursDunedin: Thursdays 9am -6pm and Mondays 9am to 12. Other hours vary.
Oamaru: Wednesdays 9am – 6pm, and Tuesday afternoons until 5pm, opening soon.
Accepting new patients - self-referral, GP referral, or colleague referral.
Duration and CostTherapy and supervision sessions are 50 minutes and my standard fee is $100 + GST.
Therapy is usually weekly, and is paid in cash or cheque at the end of a session. Supervision can be weekly, fortnightly, or four weekly, and is often invoiced to your employer.
Treatment duration can vary according to your needs: from brief solution focused work of a few sessions, to deeper longer term work that concludes when you feel ready.
Accepted by InsurersFunding assistance may be available from Work & Income New Zealand (WINZ) for those on a lower income.
Formal QualificationsDiploma of Nursing (Dunedin School of Nursing)
Certified Apprenticeship Pathway in Psychotherapy (New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists)
Other Training or ExperienceMental Health & Personal Development: I have undertaken over thirty courses in my years in practice, ranging from art therapy, couples work, sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress treatment, and supervision training. I am currently engaged in further training in supervision, sexuality & sex therapy, and the Balint method, an internationally recognised specialist supervision group method for doctors.
I have been awarded the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists' (NZAP) Certificate of Advanced Psychotherapeutic Practice in recognition of the long, intensive apprenticeship model I trained under, which included a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches.
Other: First aid, marine mammal studies, theatre, writing, and tourism, amongst many others.
Statutory RegistrationsNursing Council of New Zealand
The Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand
Memberships of Professional OrganisationsMember (full): New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists
Course Development & Delivery:
Pacific: Counselling skills course for government employees from throughout the Cook Islands.
Tertiary Education: Lectured in mental health topics, designed & delivered assertiveness and communication skills, problem solving, and many personal growth groups.
Organisational Consultancy: Undertaken reviews of services and programmes.
I have been on the National Council of NZAP, have led teams of counsellors, and am currently studying International Health.
News: I have launched a practice called Metta Consultancy. Metta is a word from the Buddhist tradition, with a broad meaning of 'loving kindness'. It is this underlying value that is the foundation of Metta Consultancy.