Jennifer

Communication, Family, Migrant, Mental Health, Addiction

Being a migrant myself, I am intimately connected to the hardships that people experience when they come into a new country. There are many adjustments to be made and losses to be felt. There is the ultimate challenge of how to assimilate well into the new culture, while trying to hold onto what you value from your own culture. All these adjustments can create identity issues as you try to work out who you are and how to be in this new country.

I have often worked with people who for reasons of ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation have experiences of being different within their community or culture. My practice is LGBTI friendly.

I use a range of counselling approaches which include client centered approach cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT),Transactional Analysis (TA) and motivational Interviewing(MI).I also work well with couple therapy approaches like EFT and Gottman Method that support couple’s in their journey of a healthy and functional relationship. I also work well with family therapy approaches which recognises that people live in a community, with many connections. Good therapy acknowledges those connections, and helps people to heal them or make new ones.

Since coming to New Zealand in 2001 I have worked as a Clinical Supervisor, Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, Methadone Case Manager, and Residential Support Worker. Before coming to NZ I practised as Counselling Psychologist providing Student Guidance Counsellor for 4 years in Mumbai and also was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Applied Psychology University of Mumbai, India. Overall I have worked in the Addiction and Counselling field for the past 23 years.
I also provide clinical and cultural supervision to counsellors and health professionals.

Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Member of the NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
  • Registered Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
  • Registered Practitioner and Accredited Supervisor of the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (DAPAANZ)

Qualifications

  • Masters of Arts (Psychology)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Guidance
  • Bachelors of Arts (Psychology)
  • National Certificate in Mental Health