I completed my training in early 2008 at the University of Canterbury and hold a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, a Masters of Arts (with Distinction) in Psychology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology. After many years working within Family Therapy teams with families, I went on to complete formal qualifications in Family & Systemic Therapies from the University of Otago in 2016. During my clinical training, I gained valuable clinical experience across the areas of adult mental health and child and adolescent mental health.
Following the completion of my professional training at the University of Canterbury, I moved to Sydney where I was employed at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. In this role I worked across the Psychological Medicine and Adolescent Medicine departments and saw a variety of children and adolescents and their families who were both inpatients and outpatients of the hospital. In my day to day clinical work I was both an individual and family therapist. I also worked as a therapist on a large research trial and conducted conference presentations, lectures, training workshops and supervision in child & adolescent mental health and eating disorders.
On returning to New Zealand in 2011, I was employed with the Specialist Mental Health Service within the Canterbury District Health Board working with both adults and adolescents with mental health problems until early 2020. I have been working in private practice intermittently since 2012.
I have been involved in the immediate psychosocial response efforts in the Canterbury Earthquakes, Kaikoura Earthquake and the Christchurch Mosque Attacks. I also have experience working with members of the Defence Force and First Responders.
I use a number of therapeutic modalities, including Systemic Therapy (Family Therapy), Schema Therapy, CBT and EMDR. I was trained by John and Julie Gottman in the Gottman Couples Therapy method in 2016.
I provide specialized assessments for ACC and the Family Court. I have a special interest in assessing trauma and dissociative disorders (including Dissociative Identity Disorder).