I believe that our richest experiences occur when we embrace emotional complexity and cultivate empathy.
I am a Clinical Psychologist in Auckland with clinical psychology offices in Ponsonby and Parnell. I am registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board as a Clinical Psychologist and I am a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. I have more than 21 years of experience and expertise in clinical psychology.
I specialise in providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples from diverse backgrounds, nationalities, and cultures. Psychological services include individual psychotherapy and trauma-focused therapy for adults and teens, specialist couples therapy, marriage counselling and therapy for anxiety, depression and addiction problems.
In addition, I offer Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) sessions.
Clinical Psychologist, Ponsonby, & Parnell, Auckland
I apply a Cognitive- Behavioural approach in individual psychotherapy.
Treatment areas include:
Relationship Conflict / Issues
Anxiety and Fears
Impulse Control Disorder
I offer Couples Therapy both in-person and remotely through video conferencing. In Couples Therapy, I work with:
Psychological needs in the relationship
Ways a couple responds to their partner's psychological needs
Expression of Needs
In couples therapy, the aim is to change unhelpful behavioural and emotional patterns to healthier ways of relating.
Trauma-Focused Psychotherapy places a focus on understanding how traumatic experiences impact a person's mental, behavioural, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
Trauma Focused Therapy treatment areas include:
Physical & Sexual Abuse
Domestic Abuse and Violence
Loss or Grief
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Acute Stress Disorder
Prolonged Grief Disorder
Visit www.Trauma.nz to read more about psychological trauma.
I offer Dialectic Behaviour Therapy DBT).
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a therapeutic approach that aims to help individuals with emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and acceptance of conflicting thoughts and emotions.
DBT incorporates mindfulness techniques aimed at cultivating awareness and nonjudgmental observation. DBT empowers individuals to manage intense emotions, build healthier relationships, and enhance overall well-being through skilful coping strategies
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach designed to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories.
EMDR involves bilateral stimulation, often through eye movements, to help process traumatic experiences. This therapeutic technique aids in reprocessing distressing memories, reducing their emotional impact.
EMDR is effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and various psychological conditions. By fostering adaptive information processing, EMDR enables clients to integrate distressing memories more healthily, leading to symptom relief and improved mental well-being. This evidence-based therapy has gained widespread recognition for its efficacy in trauma-focused treatment.
Schema Therapy is a longer-term therapeutic process. In Schema Therapy, we address unmet childhood needs and how they are presented in adulthood. The focus is on learning how to identify, express and cope effectively with psychological needs in a healthy way.
Schema Therapy involves cognitive, emotional and behavioural interventions. Read more about Schema Couples Therapy here.
Assessment areas include:
Third Party Claims
Fitness to Stand Trial
Specialist Psychological Assessments of Offenders
Psychological assessments involve at least two assessment appointments as well as a review of past reports and relevant documentation. Documentation reviews and the compiling of reports are billed separately. I offer the following psychological assessments and reports.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects cognitive, sensory, and social processing, changing the way people see the world and interact with others.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by excessive amounts of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that are pervasive leading to impairment in multiple contexts.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental and behavioural disorder that develops from experiencing a traumatic event.
Personality disorders involve persistent, rigid patterns of behaviour, cognition, and inner experience deviating markedly from cultural norms, causing distress and impairment.
Clinical Psychologist, Ponsonby, Auckland
Practi Space 1 Gibraltar Crescent, Parnell, Auckland.