Who am I?
I am a 41-year-old mother, counsellor, hypnobirthing practitioner and linguist. My gorgeous son Felix was born in 2013. We live by the sea in sunny South New Brighton, Christchurch. The community here is warm and diverse and we love nothing more than playing at the beach, biking down the estuary or drinking hot chocolates at the local cafes!
My background is in language teaching, tour guiding and recruitment. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Linguistics and have previously worked as a foreign language teacher (English, Italian and Spanish), tour guide, and an overseas recruiter of International volunteers.
However, over the years I have become more attracted to social work, community work and counselling. For the past decade I have retrained in the fields of mental and physical health, and personal growth and I have engaged in social work and therapeutic work. During this time I have committed to my own personal therapy and had regular guided supervision. In life I have come to realise that gaining self-awareness, and practicing self-kindness are at the heart of growth and finding joy, peace and abundance in our lives. Discovering what gives us meaning and purpose in our lives - and engaging with whatever this is - is vital to well-being. My approach to life, wellness and therapy has become increasingly more holistic over the years and this manifests in my own personal life and in how I work with others.
Since 2007 I have trained in Narrative Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, HypnoBirthing and other practices. I received my Post-Graduate Diploma in counselling from Auckland Unitec in 2011, completed a 1-year self development programme at the Psychosynthesis Institute in Auckland shortly thereafter, and in 2016 gained my Masters Degree with a thesis that focused on "holistic approaches to therapy."
Throughout these years while retraining I also gained extensive work experience in the field. I have worked at Higher Ground rehab in the field of addiction, at Problem Gambling, Lifeline, St Peter's College, and Nurse Maude Hospice. I have worked at Barnardos with families with children and at the Walsh Trust in Auckland as a workshop facilitator in areas of mental health.
All of this experience has brought me to today where in addition to parenting Felix I work as a volunteer counsellor at the Women's Centre in Christchurch, run wellness and mindfulness workshops, and offer counselling and HypnoBirthing classes to people in the Canterbury region.
Come and meet me in my garden studio! Or for those outside of the area I am happy to offer support through Skype.