"You are not your mind"
- Eckhart Tolle
I am the principal psychologist in the three strands of my service, as below.
I am a fully registered Clinical Psychologist. This means that after finishing a four year undergraduate degree in psychology I went on to do a two year Masters program in Clinical Psychology, followed by a further two years of supervision and training in a clinical registrar program. I completed my university qualifications in 1990, and became a member of The Board of Clinical Psychologists in 1992. As a Clinical Psychologist, I am registered with Medicare as a provider of Specialist Psychological Treatments.
In my clinical work I place the utmost importance on the relationship I have with my clients. I have an easy, warm manner and I firmly believe that if people feel accepted and understood they will be most able to participate fully in the therapy process.I also believe that humour and laughter can at times play an important role in the therapeutic process.
I have worked in a variety of mental health settings over the years. I particularly enjoy helping people who are struggling with the following.
Personality and interpersonal problems, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder
Difficulties regulating emotions and emotional instability
Deliberate self-harm and suicidal thoughts
Difficulites with mood instability including Bipolar Disorder
Eating disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and binge eating
Body image problems
Post-natal depression and other ante- and post-natal difficulties
I use evidence-based treatments, which means treatments shown to be effective by independent research. I am particularly interested in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and have undertaken significant further training in both these forms of treatment. I experience the benefits of mindfulness practice in my own life and enjoy the opportunity to help my clients learn and use mindfulness skills.
When I am not being a clinical psychologist I enjoy balancing rocks on beaches in New Zealand! I also enjoy other out door pursuits, particularly bushwalking, trekking up mountains and boogie boarding in the ocean. I love reading, cooking, going out for breakfast, and best of all spending time with my four adult or nearly adult "children".