About me

My counselling experience began as a LifeLine Volunteer Telephone Counsellor which was a perfect opportunity for me to make up my mind if counselling would be my chosen career. I ended up thoroughly enjoying this role and the contact with a large variety of people, my own personal life experiences and a desire to support others also contributed to the decision to pursue professional counselling training.  I started my formal training in 2001 and began practicing  a couple of years later. My first paid position was as a School Counsellor and then in private practice.

Through my experience at LifeLine, school counselling and private practice I have been able to connect with people from all walks of life who at times just need someone to accept them without judgement. Supporting people through their difficulties  and walking alongside them is a real highlight of the work and led me to start up a Not for Profit Organisation nearly ten years ago for youth at risk. The purpose of the organisation was to create a safe haven for young people who were struggling to find themselves. We focused on empowering the young people to grow in confidence and feel increased self worth. This occurred with leadership programmes, mentor training and various personal development opportunities. A key for the organisation was the opportunity for the young people to make connections and friendships instead of struggling in isolation.

I am a full member of NZAC and renew my practicing certificate each year. To be a member of NZAC we must attend regular supervision which supports us to keep a safe ethical practice. I attend supervision monthly.

I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Taranaki before moving to the mighty Waikato in the 90s. I live here with my partner and we enjoy being part of the local community in various roles.

My referrals mostly come via word of mouth, G P referrals, and local agencies or through my web site.