Phone: 021 609 081
Bachelor of Counselling (B. Couns)
Three years working in community mental health
Six years business and industrial wellbeing support (EAPworks and Workplace Support)
Primary Health Organisation (PHO) Registered Counsellor
Integrated Service for Sensitive Claims (ACC) Registered Provider
Prior to returning to Aotearoa, New Zealand during 2009, I enjoyed a commercial career, within the environmental filtration industry. This provided opportunities to work in four countries, England, New Zealand, Australia and China.
During the last 9 years I had the privilege of being able to retrain and follow my passion of working with people. I completed a Bachelor of Counselling degree and have been practicing in this profession for just over six years, initially through a Kaupapa Maori Mental health provider, and later in private practice. I am also PHO & ACC registered and provide counselling services, private and in the workplace, for EAPworks and Workplace support for their industrial clients.
Empathy and relational skills have been the foundation of my employment diversity. My career has always been about working with people and as a salesman, manager or counsellor these skills are key to the roles I have enjoyed. Over the last six years as a therapist these skills have allowed strong therapeutic connection across a diverse range of people. During that time I have worked with, men, woman, couples, children, adolescents, and families covering Asian, Maori, Pacifica and NZ/European clients. In my spare time I also lead a boy’s group in Te Puna catering for young men within the school years 4 to 9 – I am not sure who has more fun, the leaders or the boys!
My first counselling work was as an employee of a Kaupapa Maori health service (Te Puna Hauora ki uta ki tai) which proved to be rich source of wisdom for my own life; as well as a wonderful grounding to work with Maori, and other cultures, by applying principles for living inherent in Tikanga.
During the last few years I have been trained to work with Primary Mental health needs (depression, anxiety and grief) and also sexual abuse trauma.
I am trained in both Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour therapy techniques and tend to weave in and out of them guided by client need. More importantly I like to work with the boundaries of client centred and strength-based approaches to therapy – knowing that you are the expert of your life and that my role is to help you find inherent solutions to whatever you want to discuss.