I have worked in mental health since 2002, beginning my career in community counselling agencies before moving into private practice in 2008. I work with adults and provide counselling and psychotherapy for individuals and couples.
I trained at undergraduate level in a number of counselling approaches including CBT, family therapy, couples therapy, and addictions. My postgraduate study specialised in psychodynamic psychotherapy. My Master’s dissertation examined the disconnection in clinical literature between individual and couples psychotherapy and explored the practicalities and benefits that can be obtained by integrating both approaches in treatment.
I have a keen interest in problems that overlap between individual therapy and couples therapy. For instance, if one partner suffers from depression it will strain both partners in the relationship. However, the depression may also be exacerbated by the relationship problems that it causes; the individual problem affects the relationship and the relationship affects the individual problem. This same dynamic often exists with other problems such as anxiety, addictions, insecurity or anger. With struggles such as these I often find it helpful to incorporate a flexible approach to the therapy that includes a mix of individual and couples sessions. Additionally, I am interested in the growing number of people I meet who are neurodiverse, especially ADHD and Asperger’s, and helping them make sense of how they navigate the neurotypical world.
Originally from the UK, I moved to Auckland in 1999. After many years working in I.T. in the corporate world of London I made my change in career soon after moving here and I enjoy my work immensely. My previous career comes in handy in running a small business. When I’m not working I am a keen DIYer and I’m usually on the lookout for something to repair or improve around the home. I love road-trips with my wife and kids and I can’t get enough of the New Zealand outdoors. I am a keen sailor and I enjoy tinkering and fixing my boat almost as much as sailing it. And if I’m not on the water I’m often up in the air, paragliding.
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