I was brought up in the Waikato, the youngest of three boys. I've lived in Auckland since 2008, after years overseas and stints in small-town NZ.
I married my partner in 2003 and we are proud parents of a daughter. I was the "stay-at-home" parent for her preschool years and enjoy a very close relationship with her.
Previously I was a school teacher then a youth worker. I started training in counselling in 1994, and have held many different counselling positions in NZ and overseas since then.
I currently work three days a week as a school counsellor in a high school on the North Shore and in my own counselling practice the rest of the week in Westmere.
I look forward to being of service to you.
I believe it's very important that there is a comfortable "fit" between you and the counsellor you go to. You are welcome to "check me out" - in fact, I often say to young people "give me a test and see if I'm worth talking to".
You are invited to do the same.
My clinical practice features Narrative Therapy approaches, and also draws upon CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Art Therapy, Psychodrama, Hakomi (mindfulness psychotherapy) and Compassionate Communication (NVC) among others according to what helps you most.
My specialist counselling interests are young men and boys, masculinity, sexuality/gender identity, parenting, and using Narrative Therapy understandings to overcome problems and in counselling supervision.
I have advanced training and experience from England, Australia and USA and have an ongoing commitment to my professional development. I participate in several specialist or advanced training events annually.