Bachelor of Arts , Master of Arts in Psychology (Hons) (Canterbury), Diploma in Educational Psychology (Auckland), Registered Psychologist, Member of NZ Institute of Clinical Psychologists
I was born in the Catlins where I lived until my late teens. I worked as a science technician before developing an interest in the study of psychology. I taught in intermediate schools prior to undertaking advanced training as a psychologist.
I began my career as a Psychologist in 1977 in the then Department of Education Psychological Service in Levin. I later moved to Christchurch. I have been in private practice since 1993 and have extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of psychological, behavioural, developmental and emotional disorders of children, adolescents and adults. I have had a long association with the Christchurch Polytechnic Student Health centre. I am a Specialist Report Writer for the Family Court which takes me to a number of towns and cities around the country.
I provide supervision to psychologists and counsellors and am ACC registered both as a sexual abuse counsellor and as a provider of psychological services under the psychological services contract.
About me. I have a relaxed manner and am comfortable working with a wide range of clients, including clients of both sexes, from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, religious persuasions and sexual orientations.
I employ a variety of interventions depending on the circumstances. These include cognitive behavioural techniques (CBT), narrative therapy, EMDR, schema therapy and cognitive analytical therapy.
From 1 April 2014 a sessional rate of $170 for therapy sessions. There is a higher rate where reporting is required. However full or partial costs may be covered if the referral is through one of several EAP providers, ACC, or Family Court reporting (sections 133 or 178)