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"We really managed to get back in the right place and now feel confident that we can stay there. I enjoyed and appreciated the whole experience."


  • "I found it totally useful as it helped me understand the dynamics of the relationship."

"Very, very useful. Helped our relationship hugely."

"Long-term it has brought our relationship back to the point where we are no longer angry with one another and we are communicating."

"I was nervous and didn't know what to expect so was glad to have a warm reception."

 

PROFESSIONALLY

For over 25 years I've been helping couples resolve problems and find happiness in their relationships. I also help individuals and couples address life events and transitions, including betrayals, grief, communication problems, work issues, personal development and family-related matters.

I am an accredited EAP provider for Stratos, Instep, Vitae, Medical Protection Services and Medical Assurance and over a number of years have provided counselling services, supervision and/or training for government and community agencies, including Family Court, ACC, CYFS, Victim Support, primary health and adult education.

My approach is strongly solution-focused, and I engage regularly in training with internationally acclaimed researchers and therapists, including John and Julie Gottman (The Gottman Institute, Seattle, Washington DC), Sue Johnson (Emotionally Focused Therapy, USA), Kim Halford (Brief Couples Therapy, Australia) and Robyn Salisbury (Sex Therapy NZ).

I've participated in several couples workshops with my partner (including the Imago and Emotionally Focused Therapy weekends) with the goal of continuing to strengthen our own relationship. I believe these experiences have helped me become both a better partner and a better counsellor.

PERSONALLY

I was born in Wigan, Lancashire, England and lived with my parents, twin sisters and grandparents in a small terraced house in a cobbled 'play street', in a close-knit community.

After completing an Honours degree and a few years' work in the UK, I finally fulfilled my desire to make my home in Aotearoa/New Zealand, arriving in Opunake in 1978. I moved to Kaponga, then Raglan, then Gisborne, and returned to Taranaki in 1987, drawn back by the mountain, a love of Taranaki, close friendships, and my desire to bring my daughters back to the place they were born.

I've lived with my artist partner for 26 years. Between us, we have four adult children and four grandchildren. I do my best to live a balanced and happy life, in our peaceful home in the bush. I spend time with my partner, with my daughters and their families, and with friends. I try to fit in as much as I can of the things I love doing - music festivals and concerts, camping, walking, movies and plays, tai chi, kayaking, food and wine, singing, reading, playing guitar, and watching Premier League football.