I am a fully registered and experienced Clinical Psychologist based in the Waikato, New Zealand, having completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2004. I provide psychological assessment, consultation and therapy for individuals and couples in Hamilton and Cambridge.
I am registered with ACC as a provider for sensitive claims.
I have experience of working with a wide range of presenting difficulties, including:
· Anxiety (e.g. worry, panic attacks, phobias);
· Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD);
· Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma;
· Depression and dysthymia;
· Emotion regulation difficulties;
· Low self-esteem;
· Adjustment issues (e.g. life transitions such as divorce, retirement, adjustment to physical disability);
· Suicidal ideation;
· Relationship difficulties, including sexual difficulties;
· Grief & Loss;
· Personality disorders.
I take an integrative approach to my work and draw on a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Compassion-focused therapy, Mindfulness and Somatic Experiencing.
My therapeutic style is respectful, flexible, collaborative, and warm. I thoroughly enjoy my work and I am passionate about helping individuals to move toward more fulfilling lives. I am committed to achieving the best outcomes I can with my clients and devote a substantial amount of time to professional development through workshops, supervision, reading and peer consultation. Trainings in the last few years have included:
Due to my preferred therapeutic approach being Schema Therapy, I have an interest in working with personality disorders, chronic anxiety and depression, and unresolved childhood issues. I also have an interest in working with trauma using EMDR.
I have a particularly strong interest in working with OCD using Exposure and Response Prevention (integrated with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and I am always looking for ways to extend my skills in treating this disorder.