I was led to the practice of psychotherapy through an increasing interest in people and how we organise our lives and relationships. This, together with my curiosity about my own history and development, inspired a desire to know more, and eventually to change my career so I could work with people in this way. I began my psychotherapy training with a three year course at the Ashburn Clinic in Dunedin, New Zealand, and followed this with five years with the Gestalt Institute of New Zealand (GINZ).
Prior to this I had worked as an independent midwife and my early work proved to be a gift as I saw, at close hand, the formation of new families, or the adjustments that are made in established families as they accommodate their new member. This is where we begin to make who we are in the world, and much of what happens during this early time will have a profound impact on the rest of life.
Psychotherapy, sometimes called talk therapy or counselling, aims at helping you heal old hurts and learn more useful ways to deal with the problems, issues or challenges in your life. It can also be a supportive process when going through a difficult period or when you find yourself under increased stress, such as starting a new career, going through a divorce, feeling unsure of where to turn or what to do, or realising that you need to make some changes in the way you live your life and/or make decisions. Later pages on this site offer more information about some of the issues my clients bring to therapy. Most people see their therapist once a week for 50 minutes.
It is best to keep an open mind while in psychotherapy, and be willing to try out new things that ordinarily you may not do. Psychotherapy is often about challenging one’s existing set of beliefs and often, one’s very self. It is most successful when a person is able and willing to try to do this in the safe and supportive environment that is the therapy space.
Millions of people visit a psychotherapist every year, and the research shows that most people who do so benefit from the interaction, and that the work done in psychotherapy goes on helping and changing people even after they are no longer attending. The treasures you find in this often difficult work are hard won but they are yours for life.
My work is challenging but deeply satisfying. I love it. Sometimes people spend only a short time with me, looking for solutions to problems and ways to manage particular events, or sharing their sorrows and finding their way through grief. Others come for the longer term, exploring and reflecting on the way they are in the world, and looking for ways to effect deep and lasting change.