I completed my Postgraduate Training in Clinical Psychology in 2005 and worked for eight years at the Anxiety Disorders Service (Canterbury District Health Board, CDHB). This work involved assessing and providing specialist up-to-date therapy for anxiety disorders. While working at the Anxiety Disorders Service, I developed a group treatment protocol for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I have a passion for anxiety disorders, I am aware of the distress they can cause and I seek to help my clients reduce their own suffering.
Following my eight years at the Anxiety Disorders Service, I worked at The Psychiatric Consultation Service at the CDHB. This provided me with the opportunity to work with patients with a medical condition which was impacting on their mental health, or mental health problems were impacting on managing a medical condition. I then decided to gain specific skills in diabetes management and worked for 18 months at The Diabetes Centre at the CDHB. These positions in medical settings allowed me to use my skills in anxiety and mood management in a broader context and to develop a specialist interest in the interface between psychological and physical wellness.
In conjunction with my work at the CDHB, I started private practice in 2009 where I continue to treat anxiety disorders and other presenting problems.
My Postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology at the University of Canterbury focused on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Since graduating, I have gained specific skills in Metacognitive Therapy. Therapies are constantly evolving and I seek to use the most up-to-date versions of each therapy.
I work with adults from age 16 upwards.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (University of Canterbury)
- Master of Science- Psychology (Distinction) (University of Otago)
- Postgraduate Diploma- Psychology (Distinction) (University of Otago)
- Bachelor of Arts- Psychology (University of Otago)