Experience and Qualifications
I specialise in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and other evidenced-based practices when working with individuals and couples. In 2018, I became the third male counsellor in New Zealand to achieve the status of certification in EFT with the International Centre of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
After secondary schooling, I studied accountancy and worked in that area for a few years. During my studies in 1986, I started practising mindfulness meditation to help with stress and stay focused. In 1995 I felt the pull towards helping others emotionally and changed career paths from accounting to social work and counselling.
Since then I have focused on working with people, with the aim to make positive changes in their personal, relationship, and work-place lives. In 2002, I graduated with a Bachelor in Arts with honours endorsed in social work from the University of Canterbury, and in 2013, I completed a master’s degree in education with first-class honours that was focused on learning and applying the following evidenced-based counselling models:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy,
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy,
- Motivational Interviewing, and
- Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples.
I continually participate in national and international trainer workshops, so my knowledge and methods are up to date and useful for assisting people to live a rich and fulfilling life personally, relationally, and at work.
I create a safe, and supportive atmosphere, where I can provide a highly personalised approach tailored to an individual, relationship, or workplace needs. I am committed to making your experience positive, informative, and successful. I will help to make the best use of your ability to fulfil your goals.
Areas I've Worked In:
Couple, marriage, and relationship counselling
Mental Health, anxiety and depression
Workplace support (EAP)
Individual and family counselling
Group facilitation/education in prisons and the community
Supervision/coaching for managers, staff, and students to improve their workplace relationships and effectiveness
Conflict resolution within organisations and families
Parent education, migrant resourcing, parenting through separation, and healthy communication for men in relationships
Victim support work (Voluntary)
Lifeline counselling (Voluntary)
Youth groups (Voluntary)
Qualities I Bring:
I am inherently optimistic, with a warm and friendly manner that provides a safe and secure environment for achieving your goals. I get to the heart of the matter and assist with an understanding of sometimes complex situations in a clear and concise manner. I am happy to refer people to another counsellor if we are not able to work well together.
Professional Associations I Belong To:
- International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
- New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC)
- New Zealand Community of Emotionally Focused Therapy (NZCEFT)
If you need someone to talk to, or you're ready to change the direction of your life, book a session with me today.