I am a professionally trained, qualified and registered counsellor (NZCA 68137) and mental health support worker. I hold a Diploma in Professional Counselling, a Diploma in Applied Mental Health, a Certificate in Adult Teaching, and provisional membership of the NZ Association of Counsellors. I bring maturity to my work, and can draw upon a valuable range of work-life experience to my work.
MY PHILOSOPHY AND APPROACH
Counselling is a form of talking therapy and this sits at the heart of my approach. I provide a safe, confidential and warm environment where you can explore thoughts, feelings, and issues that are causing you difficulty and affecting your life. My role as a counsellor is not to tell you what to do or solve your issues for you, but to listen without judgement and work alongside you to develop new skills, insights and strategies to help you resolve your issues and to make appropriate changes to your life.
I work from a person-centered foundation incorporating Strengths, Narrative, Solution-Focused, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) where appropriate. An outline of these therapeutic approaches as well as answers to questions you may have, can be found in the FAQ section.
Ethics and confidentiality
I adhere to the code of ethics and standards of practice of the NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC), including confidentiality, which I take very seriously. I understand its particular importance for people living in the small towns and rural areas of Central Otago. The extent of confidentiality is outlined in the FAQ section, and will be explained in more detail when we meet.
Five ways to wellbeing
I am a supporter of the five simple evidence-based actions promoted by the NZ Mental Health Foundation, which are shown to improve wellbeing. These include CONNECTING, GIVING, TAKING NOTICE, KEEP LEARNING, and BE ACTIVE. I may ask about the role of these five actions in maintaining wellbeing in your life, and together we can develop a plan for staying well.