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.
Since returning to New Zealand in 2011, I have been employed with the Specialist Mental Health Service within the Canterbury District Health Board working with both adults and adolescents with mental health problems. I currently hold a part-time role within this sector, specialising in Systemic Family Therapy and adolescent and young adult mental health. I have been working in private practice intermittently since 2012. I was trained by John and Julie Gottman in their couples therapy method in 2016.
I have been involved in the immediate psychosocial response efforts in the Canterbury Earthquakes, Kaikoura Earthquake and the Christchurch Mosque Attacks.