I am super passionate about my work as a Counsellor after many years working in the corporate world left me searching for a more fulfilling and meaningful career. I find that so many of my clients echo this search – in addition to wanting to address their day-to-day life struggles – they are searching for something more. And this is where I love to be, fully attentive, empathising with my clients but most of all working alongside them to explore ways of improving all aspects of their lives, be that work, relationships, childhood attachment wounds or trauma.
As a therapist I offer a person-cantered, integrative approach depending on what works best for my client. I draw upon mindfulness-based approaches, Solution Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Existential Psychotherapy. From tough decisions, to grief and loss, anxiety and depression, relationship issues each person’s journey is important and unique to me. I also have a particular interest in supporting persons who navigate through trauma recovery whether it is developmental trauma or a single incident trauma. My work is informed by attachment, trauma, and polyvagal theories and can be somatically oriented. I offer EMDR and Somatic Experiencing (SE), in which I am fully trained.
I have had the honour of working as a mental health practitioner for the past 20 years. During this time, I have worked in the public and private mental health sector as a Mental Health Occupational Therapist, Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I have experience in working with adolescents, adults and couples from diverse cultural backgrounds and all walks of life. Living in 4 continents through my life has helped me confirm that, fundamentally, we have more similarities than differences. We all seek to fulfill the basic need for safety, connection, validation, positive regard, empathy and nurturance. These are the qualities that are utmost important to me for my clients to experience in therapeutic process.
When I am not at work I love hanging out with my family and friends, hike or go to the movies. I am the mum of 2 young adult children and one naughty kitten named Kaissa.