I began working in the area of mental health over 20 years ago. My interest began when I was a nursing student, working in the acute admissions psychiatric ward in Palmerston North. I trained in a variety of medical and surgical areas but I especially enjoyed mental health. My first paid job as an RN was in Wellington working with long-term mental health inpatients and helping them to integrate into the community. This role was very rewarding and provided me with a useful foundation for my future work.
After travelling to the UK and working for both private and public healthcare systems in mental health and oncology, I returned to New Zealand and spent the following six years working in medical recruitment, specialising in placing nursing staff into mental health employment. I also ran courses for mental health nurses at the agency. In order to keep my nursing registration, I continued to work regular shifts caring for people requiring mental health respite. During that time I began studying for my Masters in Psychotherapy.
As part of my Masters internship I worked at a well-established counselling and psychotherapy centre in Epsom. Alongside my study I also worked at AUT as a group clinical supervisor for mental health diploma students, as well as tutoring students studying first level psychology papers. After graduating I worked as a case manager whilst also running my own small private psychotherapy practice. I eventually joined the NZ AIDS Foundation providing psychotherapy services for people with terminal illness. This was a valuable experience and I loved working with the team there but after 2 years I went on maternity leave and had my first child. When I went back to work I decided to return to private practice and cofounded Auckland City Therapy. I now work in general practice providing psychotherapy services for individuals and couples.
Outside of work my young family keeps me busy. I am a keen gardener – although in reality, I plant a few veggies with my kids in the spring and we see what’s left to harvest in the summer after the slugs and snails have had their fill. I think New Zealand is a beautiful country and I love roadtrips with my husband and kids – I am no stranger to a tent but these days I appreciate my creature comforts more than I used to. I would also like to spend more time on the beach with my surf caster trying to catch a snapper. I enjoy baking and have a household who usually enjoy the final product. Last (but certainly not least) I love spending time with my close friends.
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