I began working at the NZAF in 2016 and I feel honoured to be supporting our clients through the challenges of HIV stigma and homophobia.
My counselling training started in 2003 when I began studying and volunteering at various community agencies around Auckland. I graduated with a master’s degree in Counselling from Auckland University in 2011.
I am experienced in working with survivors of sexual abuse and trauma and those struggling with addictive/compulsive behaviours. I am also interested in working with couples or individuals who are struggling with anxiety or depression, grief and loss, their sexual/gender identity as well as relationship/intimacy issues.
My therapeutic approach begins by providing an empathic confidential environment for clients to feel safe and free from the judgement of others. Clients typically seek counselling and therapy at the NZAF for support while adjusting to living with HIV, to understand how to navigate risk free sexual relationships, to feel more connected to themselves and others as well as processing internalised shame or homophobia.
I work at the Burnett Centre on Monday and Wednesday.