207 Bridge St, Nelson, Ph 03 545 6207
If you have suffered trauma and loss in your life, you may have developed methods of coping that are causing problems now (with relationships, participation with family and public life, relaxation, sense of safety, sex, self-harm and so on). Together we can explore these patterns of interacting with the world, and develop new, more effective skills.
My primary objective is to work with clients to identify what they want their lives to reflect, and to help them to achieve their goals. My specialisation area is early childhood trauma, and historic sexual abuse. However I have more than 30 years of clinical experience working with adults and adolescents suffering from mood disorders, psycho-spiritual concerns, self-esteem, themes of meaninglessness, isolation and fear, major-life transitions and grief. My focus is on providing a compassionate therapeutic environment with a focus on warmth, relationship, and fostering and developing clients' inherent strengths.
I have specalised in counselling for sexual abuse for the past 30 years now and my commitment to this work continues. I also work with a range of other issues. I am particulary interested in difficulties and dilemmas faced during major life transitions (divorce, death of a loved one, illness, injury, births, marriage / relationship difficulties, redundancy, menopause etc) including themes of meaninglessness, isolation and fear of death. I have a warm, non-judgemental style, using an existential counselling approach to help you make your own psychospiritual meanings of lifes experiences.
My counselling style is Rogerian (Person Centred), Systemic, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), SFT (Solution Focused Therapy) and Existential Counselling.