I was raised in the King Country on a beef and sheep farm and moved to the Waikato in 1978. During this time I met and married my husband and we settled in Cambridge. We left N.Z. in 1986 and travelled to Switzerland to study French for two years before spending time in both France and Chad.
In 1993, after spending five years back in NZ, we moved to Ivory Coast, West Africa, where we lived for six years. Raising our children in another culture has given our family a global perspective and an appreciation of other cultures.
We settled back into NZ in 2000 and shortly after I began my Bachelor of Counselling degree at Bethlehem Institute, Tauranga. Early on in my study, I started working at Rosetown Counselling Centre in Te Awamutu. I continued there for several years part time until moving into private practice.
I lost my mother to cancer in 1997 and my father passed away six years later. He spent the last six years of his life as a tetraplegic after falling from a horse. These experiences help me to empathize with people and understand what takes place when health issues change our lives significantly.
Along with my counselling I have also completed my post graduate diploma in supervision from Massey University, Palmerston North in 2013. In order to continue my professional development, I regularly participate in workshops and seminars.