My Story...

After a successful career as a professional hang gliding instructor and competition pilot in my youth, I made the long but rewarding transition to a career as a psychologist. Many people ask me, what inspired you to transition between two completely unrelated fields? Actually, I find them surprisingly similar in many ways . . .
As a hang gliding instructor, my primary role was to encourage people to overcome their fear and take a leap of faith from the secure ground into the unknown. Now, as a psychologist, I find that my primary role is still encouraging people to take a leap of faith into the unknown, but the difference is that, in psychotherapy, the “ground” is the security of our old habit patterns, and “overcoming our fear” is the courage it takes to leap into the possibility of a whole new way of being in the world, with all the unknowns and even risks that this entails. It seems that in order to live more fully and explore the bounds of our freedom, we have to let go of many of our secure but limiting habits and belief systems.
As a hang gliding instructor, my primary role was to encourage people to overcome their fear and take a leap of faith from the secure ground into the unknown. Now, as a psychologist, I find that my primary role is still encouraging people to take a leap of faith into the unknown, but the difference is that, in psychotherapy, the “ground” is the security of our old habit patterns, and “overcoming our fear” is the courage it takes to leap into the possibility of a whole new way of being in the world, with all the unknowns and even risks that this entails. It seems that in order to live more fully and explore the bounds of our freedom, we have to let go of many of our secure but limiting habits and belief systems.
I began this transition into becoming a psychologist over 20 years ago, when I took my own leap of faith with the aid of intensive mindfulness meditation and other contemplative practices and embarked upon my own personal journey of self discovery.
I combined this with intensive academic studying and conducting a series of pioneering research studies as I worked through my B.A. degree, my Masters degree, and finally my Ph.D. degree, all of them in psychology with an emphasis on somatic, humanistic, existential, and transpersonal perspectives. I translated my doctoral research on the recovery from psychosis and extreme states into the widely acclaimed book, “Rethinking Madness.”
I began this transition into becoming a psychologist over 20 years ago, when I took my own leap of faith with the aid of intensive mindfulness meditation and other contemplative practices and embarked upon my own personal journey of self discovery.
I combined this with intensive academic studying and conducting a series of pioneering research studies as I worked through my B.A. degree, my Masters degree, and finally my Ph.D. degree, all of them in psychology with an emphasis on somatic, humanistic, existential, and transpersonal perspectives. I translated my doctoral research on the recovery from psychosis and extreme states into the widely acclaimed book, “Rethinking Madness.”
I combined this with intensive academic studying and conducting a series of pioneering research studies as I worked through my B.A. degree, my Masters degree, and finally my Ph.D. degree, all of them in psychology with an emphasis on somatic, humanistic, existential, and transpersonal perspectives. I translated my doctoral research on the recovery from psychosis and extreme states into the widely acclaimed book, “Rethinking Madness.”
During my career, I have been very active in my clinical and psychotherapy/counselling training, working at a residential facility for those challenged by psychosis and other extreme states of consciousness; at a major medical hospital providing support for people challenged by serious physical and mental ailments, many of whom were preparing for the great unknown of death; in a community mental health clinic supporting individuals, couples, and families with a wide variety of issues; at a treatment center for those challenged with substance dependence; and here in this private practice setting where I’ve continued providing therapy for a wide range of challenges, with a particular focus on the recovery from various forms of trauma and its consequences.
I am originally from the United States, where I was registered as a Clinical Psychologist, which is the highest level of psychosocial-oriented mental health professional recognised by the state. I carried this registration over to New Zealand when I moved here 8 years ago.
I’ve assisted and led numerous workshops and trainings over the past 10+ years, with particular emphasis on therapy modalities that incorporate mindfulness and somatic (mind/body) approaches to various forms of acute and developmental trauma. I’m a Certified Teacher of Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, and I have extensive experience practicing and teaching a number of other related modalities.
See the many modalities I incorporate into my practice here.
Professional Memberships:
NZ Psychologist Board (Registered Clinical Psychologist, #90-05403)
NZPsS (New Zealand Psychological Society)
ICP (Institue of Clinical Psychology)
The Hakomi Institute (Certifed Hakomi Therapist and Certified Hakomi Teacher)
EMDRNZ (EMDR Association of New Zealand)
ISPS (The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis)

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