Originally from Canada, I left in 1990 and taught English in Japan for three years, then came to NZ as a backpacker. As fate would have it I met a Kiwi sheep farmer and have been here in Southland now for 28 years!
In the early 2000s I worked toward qualifications in yoga and psychotherapy and studied the works of pioneering psychotherapist Carl Jung. In 2011 I finished a Master of Health Practice through AUT, specialising in psychotherapy and clinical supervision.
The major influence for me to study psychotherapy was my own personal experience of healing as a client through the psychotherapeutic process.
That which exists beyond the material, physical world has always interested me and I believe our mental wellness relies on having a meaningful relationship with our inner world. This means I'm drawn to metaphysics, transpersonal psychology, intersubjectivity, mindfulness, the influence of our unconscious on our conscious self and neuroscience.
The kinds of things I'm thinking about lately are: the burgeoning discoveries of neuroscience; evolving consciousness; and how people from different cultures view the world. And of course now I'm thinking about the impact of current world events and those over the last few years -- what it means for all of us on this globe we share and are spinning around on. I'm drawn to the words of Toni Morrison, novelist and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature,
"I know the world is bruised and bleeding. And though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge, even wisdom. That is how civilizations heal."
I've been in private practice since 2003.
You are my welcome visitor. I wonder what it is that's brought you here...