I am a New Zealand registered psychotherapist, a member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists, an associate of The Institute of Psychosynthesis (NZ) and an associate member of Psychosynthesis Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia (PAnzA)
Since 2000 I have been guiding people in the areas of life transition, anxiety, grief and trauma. More recently I have developed an special interest in working increasingly with women who, like me, are childless-by-circumstance.
Since 2012, as well as seeing people individually, I have been offering workshops and support groups in Auckland. I also Skype sessions when face-to-face work is not possible.
I am also experienced in leading groups, with five years of valuable training and teaching on the Foundation and Fundamentals programmes of the Institute of Psychosynthesis and I continue to be an associate of the Institute of Psychosynthesis in New Zealand.
My work is also informed by 25 years of meditation practice from Eastern and Western spiritual traditions. However I am not aligned with any particular religious tradition.
I have a strong background in the performing arts and continue to enjoy this strand of my life from time to time.
I was born in Christchurch New Zealand in 1950. I grew up in a large Catholic family in Hawkes Bay and after leaving school, gained a BA from Victoria University, Wellington.
Until my mid 30s I lead an adventurous, creative life, travelling in Asia and Europe, working in Scandinavia and the UK, studying theatre in the UK and later working as a professional actress in New Zealand.
Having children of my own was something I wanted “one day”, when the circumstances were right, such as meeting the right partner and having enough money to start a family. At 35 I met the man who I believed was right for me. We married and when I was 37 we began trying for a baby. Sadly, it was not to be.
Unexplained infertility on my part was the ‘medical’ reason, but there were other circumstances surrounding it, such as my own ignorance of how fast my body clock was ticking and leaving it so late to begin trying. In those days (late 1980s) I was considered too old to qualify for funded fertility treatments and we were not in a good enough financial position to fund them ourselves. My husband already had two gorgeous children and while supportive of my desire to conceive, it was more my wish than his and his ambivalence became more obvious as the years progressed. Eventually the marriage broke down, for a range of reasons and at age 50 I found myself single again and childless.
There had been enormous grief through my forties, which led me to seek therapy and through the healing I received and my own developing spiritual practice, in 1998 I decided to retrain as a counsellor and psychotherapist.
After practising in Auckland for many years, I married again in my early sixties and I have recently moved to Hawkes Bay with my husband to live.