"I feel passionate about being able to offer tools to enable change and privileged to be part of this process"
My own therapy journey and integrated traumatic experiences have shaped me into the person I am today. My working class roots enable me to relate to people from diverse backgrounds. I enjoy horse riding and gardening for recreation.
Socialwork Diploma (Germany 1982) – equivalent to CQSW, Additional training in Addiction, Addiction Studies (C.I.T), Member of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Socialworkers. Approved by ACC as a sexual abuse counsellor.
I have over 30 years experience of working with adults, couples and youth with special interests and experience in eating problems, trauma, Alcohol and Drug Service and community Mental Health.
I studied socialwork in Germany and came to New Zealand in 1982. All my employment has been in a counselling capacity. After leaving work in the mental health sector I started private practice in 1993, originally at the Health and Awareness Centre moving the Durham Centre in 2007. Since November 2014 I am practicing from The Harakeke Centre in Christchurch. I also hold a clinic in the rural sector (previously Banks Peninsula and currently in North Canterbury). I provide supervision to other socialworkers, counsellors, mental health professionals and people working in community settings.