Learn More About Me
I was born in South Africa where I got married and had two children. The opportunity to move to New Zealand arose in 2008 and we have lived here ever since, currently residing in Blenheim. My first love has always been to help children in whatever way I can and this will always be my primary focus.
I have dedicated my life to helping people, from raising kids to working in schools and running resilience programmes, my entire focus has always been to provide a sense of security to those around me. To do so, I obtained a degree in Health and Social Sciences with specialisation in Psychological Counselling. I also gained my diploma in Life Coaching, a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a certificate in Trauma Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a certificate in Play Therapy. I am a provisional member of NZAC and follow their code of ethics.
I welcome the opportunity to work with individuals, couples and children. I have a solutions focus and try to keep a goal directed approach aimed at moving forward to an agreed goal. I have spent countless hours studying and promoting the development of resilience in children and also have a fascination with all things Myers-Briggs. I tend to use personality types as a tool to promote understanding of oneself and others. I particularly enjoy working with younger children in my dedicated play room. I am a Christian and I can incorporate this world view into your counselling, if requested.
Supporting Your Success
Benestar or Ignite EAP clients
Counselling can help with problems you are struggling with, as well as with setting goals, changing careers and personal growth. My approach is solution focussed and goal directed. I am contracted to Ignite Aotearoa and Benestar EAP's. I currently only see adults through these agencies.
1 hour $80, in person only, Ages 3 - 10
I am certified in CBT, Play therapy and Trauma Focussed CBT and use whichever of these methods is best for the child. I have a fully equipped play therapy room and any child counselling takes place in a play based way. I am able to get limited funding through the Gumboot Friday fund. I can also work with parents/caregivers.
“Our life is what our thoughts make it”