Specialization: Australian & NZ Registered Psychologist
I am a New Zealand Māori psychologist (Ngāi Tahu iwi, Ngāti Kahungunu hapu). I completed a Masters degree in counselling psychology in Aōtearoa, then moved to Queensland Australia where I worked in an urban indigenous organization, before transitioning into remote private practice at Positive Mind Works in 2021. Currently, I live in Vancouver Canada with my family (including two dogs Buddy and Ollie… they may make an appearance in sessions!). I am experienced in WorkCover/WorkSafe claims, NDIS, and EAP. Because I am located internationally this means I cannot take clients who wish to use Medicare funding.
I believe that providing a therapeutic space that is ethically, culturally, and spiritually safe is paramount. To ensure this safety, I engage in regular supervision with competent and experienced psychologists, as well as extensive and advanced professional development. Importantly, I listen carefully to any feedback my clients give me about how I relate to them.
I am competent and experienced in a range of therapies including; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Person-Centred/Humanistic Counselling, and Motivational Interviewing. I use these therapies in combination with a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of trauma, personality, somatic/body-based approaches, psychoanalytic theories, and attachment models. In therapy, we will work to consolidate this psychological knowledge into a personalized understanding of your life experiences and current difficulties, and find strategies that are practical and make sense for you.
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