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BA-Psych, MA Counselling Psychology 
MNZAC 78301

I am an experienced therapist, who is culturally informed and acknowledges New Zealand Māori concepts of our whakapapa. We all come from somewhere and this place helps guide and give us identity and self-awareness.  I am South African born, but have lived in and across Asia. I now call New Zealand home. I feel like my home is in many places, and hold a deeper understanding of humanity, through my experiences in different nations. 

From a very early age I knew that I wanted to become a therapist, as most of my friends in school seemed to confide in me, and trust me with their heart-issues. I was always fascinated by people's behaviour and thoughts, often wondering "why they did what they did?" This curiosity and fascination lead me on a path where studying Psychology and Anthropology just made sense.  

I hold a deep respect for the culture and identity, these are two different things, because culture is learned and shared. However, who I am is unique and true to me. These concepts of "self" is what informs me of who you are and who you want to become or identify as. Piecing together the very delicate and special parts that make up "our being".  


Counselling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused Brief Therapy, Emotion-focused Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy.

I believe that therapy is a collaborative process and together, within the therapeutic relationship, we can increase self-awareness, gain new perspectives, decrease symptoms, and increase personal strengths to have a more meaningful life experience.

Having experience  working with issues such as anxiety, depression, behavioural issues, suicide prevention, sexual harm, neurodiversity, child and adolescent therapy and family care. 

Utilizing mainly two therapeutic approaches, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with the advancement of neuropsychology. The other being Person- Centered focus, both approaches placing a focus on the ability to transform and renew the mind.

My Approach
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  • Greater sense of self-awareness: the ability to truly know and understand who you are and how you are wired and why you're this way?

  • Become capable of processing your thought patterns using the ABC model. The ABC model is a CBT tool which will become a vehicle for amazing new thought patterns to develop, allowing you to tackle irrational thoughts and replace them with new effective thoughts.

  • Find your ZEN as you learn new Self-regulation skills. Finding the right tools to help you better understand your emotions and emotional needs. Allowing you to feel balanced and in control. 

  • Communicate your emotions and feelings like a PRO. Yes, once you have graduated from the above mentioned skills, you will be able to better understand yourself and this changes our language, vocab and delivery. Listen and understand what messages you are receiving and making informed decisions on how you choose to respond. 

  • Journey toward healing and empowerment. Learning to step into the place of vulnerability and acceptance. Gaining more knowledge and understanding of how you heal. Self-empowerment stems form this deeper place of knowing how you hurt, how you heal? 

  • Building Confidence and Self-efficacy. Learning to build on your concepts of self, and tackling the negative self-concepts. Enhancing your level of self-esteem and self-efficacy. Developing confidence in the ability to exert control over one’s own motivation, behaviour, and social environment.

  • Anchoring and stabilizing Relational Ruptures. Working together to understand your relationship issues and how to resolve them? Continue to work through challenging seasons with new skills. Gaining perspective on each other and how each persons "role" affects the whole. 

What you will gain from your sessions.


Contact Me

Korowai Centre

42 Lochee Road, Riccarton, Christchurch 8041

022 322 7165

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