Counselling & Psychotherapy
My style is to attune and gently support feelings, especially those which are difficult
I was born in Neckarsulm, Germany and immigrated to Aotearoa / New Zealand as a baby. I grew up in Ngaruawahia and Waihi, then once again in Germany.
From my late teens I was a Japan Ministry of Education scholar in Japan. I lived for nearly 20 years in Asia, and one year in the USA.
I speak English, Japanese, German and passable Chinese. I have studied some Te Reo at Wānanga. 日本語能力検定試験一級もち。もと埼玉大学教育学部附属中学校英語ALT。
My work life balance includes family, dance, and building. I moved to Waiheke Island in 2001; almost a local.
I enjoy working with people of all ages, backgrounds, genders and needs.
For me, therapy means to care about someone’s truth, to allow them to find their feet in times of crisis, to help them find their voice when they feel unheard, to help them find their love when there is pain, to help heal their inner self and so connect freely to the adult self, to help make a difference in a person`s life to lead a happier life, and to explore what a happy meaningful life means for them.
My approach is grounded in psychodynamic psychotherapy. The aspects of therapy I hold particularly dear are the developmental, spiritual, emotional and cognitive. These aspects are underpinned theoretically by Psychoanalysis, Transpersonal psychology, Gestalt therapy, and Cognitive behavioural therapy.
I respect Te Ao Māori values and principles of
Manaakitanga, Whanaungatanga, Kotahitanga, Kaitiakitanga, Rangatiratanga, Wairuatanga, Tohungatanga and Ūkaipō.
I value regular supervision and peer relationship to reduce the risk of unconscious enactments. I enjoy and am committed to lifelong learning.
I have have worked independently in counselling, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Auckland and Tokyo, since 2003.
As a Masters student from 1999 to 2007 I trained in the Auckland University of Technology Adult Psychotherapy programme. I wrote my dissertation on how therapist guilt feelings (Countertransference guilt) effect the therapist in their work.
I acquired clinical experience at the Oasis Centre for Problem Gambling, Community Mental Health Centre North, AUT Psychotherapy clinic, private practice and Pathways Trust.
I began private practice in the Auckland CBD in 2003. I was fortunate to continue to see some people from my time in clInical trainIng, as well as see new people for whom the Queen St location suited. It was from this time I first saw members of the Auckland Japanese community.
HavIng had studied Asian languages earlier in Japan, I took the opportunity to combine my psychotherapy experience, and returned to Japan once again.
From 2006 to 2012 I worked in Tokyo at the Ikebukuro Counseling Center (attached to the Hozumi psychiatric clinic), Tokyo Counseling Service, and also in my own private psychoanalytic practice in Ueno. Whilst in Japan I was a member of the Japan Psychoanalytical Association.
These days I practice from my consulting room at home in Ostend, Waiheke Island, sharing the space with another therapist.
I practice within the code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights.
I adhere to the codes of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors, and the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists.
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