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As an experienced psychodramatist I work with individuals, couples, children and families. I believe that we all have the capacity to change for the better.
If you are seeking help for yourself, for your relationship or for your child, I provide support by holding a mirror to help you see what your needs are. My goal is that by working together I guide you to the solution that best serves you.

About me

In my childhood people kept asking me: What would you be when you grow up? I was about 11 years old when my answer was: I would work with people. And my desire hasn't changed since then.
After spending years studying psychology my dream came true. For over 18 years I have had the privilege to work with people: children, adults and families. As a psychodramatist and psychotherapist I work with individuals and couples and run groups. I have been amazed how much interaction and connection can facilitate healing and bring quality change to one's life.

By living and training on three different continents I have the gift of learning from highly experienced trainers and seeing how psychodrama works in different cultures. I also experienced how deeply moving into a different country can change a person's life.
Becoming a wife then a mother also gave me new perspectives and different point of views on life.
I recently tapping into somatic work and healing through experiencing clown workshops just as co-leading workshops combining psychodrama with psysical theatre.

With all the personal and professional experience I have I am offering help to people especially in the following areas:

Couple Therapy
Personal Growth
Processing Traumas
Cultural shock-transition to a new culture
Life Coaches
Addictions and Substance Abuse
Decision making

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Couple Therapy

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Group therapy

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Individual Therapy

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Parenting and Children

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Partnerships in Play

with Giovanni Fusetti

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Series of Personal Development Groups

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Theatre of Spontaneity

Regular event organized by AANZPA

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About psychodrama

‘Psyche’ relates to the spirit or mind, while ‘drama’ relates to the stories acted out in life every day. By combining mind and action, psychodrama gets to the reality beneath the surface. Once you get below the surface you can learn things about yourself and the roles you play that will help you make a real difference to your life and the lives of people around you. (Source:http://aanzpa.org/about/psychodrama)

Psychodrama was created by J.L. Moreno. This group therapy method builds on the healing effect of interaction between people.
In a psychodrama group things slow down and we focus on both body and mind. The focus is on the here and now.
“The greatest challenge is to be in the here and now, and act." (Hale, 1981)
In the setting of a psychodrama group there is an opportunity to revisit old situations to find new perspectives or roles. Peeking into someone’s imagined future is also a possibility.
People in psychodrama groups usually experience freeing themselves from old patterns that no longer serve them and developing new and more adequate responses.

I love Max Clayton's brief explanation about the essence of a psychodrama group:
"A basic notion of a psychodrama session is that a dramatic portrayal of events is created that is as close as possible to life itself. In life itself there are the words, actions, emotions and feelings which can be seen and heard and smelled through the senses. Then there is another realm in which there are all kinds of unspoken thoughts and countless numbers of deeds that are never enacted in the everyday drama of our lives. In the same way, in the course of a psychodrama session, there are those things that are expressed in an obvious way and also many unspoken thoughts and deeds left incomplete at different moments during a drama. In the case of the psychodramatic enactment, emphasis is placed on creating an outward and obvious portrayal of unspoken thoughts and of deeds that have previously been left in the realm of contemplation.
(Max Clayton: Reflections of Doubling, AANZPA Journal #18 2009, p17)

The power of the group
We, human beings live and exist in groups like family, classmates, workplace, hobby groups, etc. Our development and personality not only depends on genetics, but is very much influenced by our relationships and interactions.
One of the basic principles of psychodrama is that we define ourselves in interactions, we compare ourselves to other people.
When it comes to therapy I’m convinced that, if the trauma happened in interaction, it shall to be healed in interaction. I believe in the healing power of interactions.

Playing Roles
We form roles in the groups we belong to: such as child, parent, boss, etc. We also take on roles in general: the helper, the clown, the leader, etc. We have roles we are wishing to develop and roles we would like to diminish.
In the setting of a psychodrama group there is space to develop new roles and/or say goodbye to old ones. Participating another group member’s psychodrama gives an opportunity to try out several different roles.

Spontaneity and Creativity
Spontaneity and creativity are twin principles in psychodrama. (Dayton, 2005) Spontaneity is a new response to an old situation or an adequate response to a new situation. Our spontaneity warms us up to our creativity.

Videos about psychodrama:
Jean Campbell's TEDX Talk
What is psychodrama? The Sociometric Institute's Video
Moments from Zerka Moreno's session

Useful links:
AANZPA (The Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association)
ASGPP  ((American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama)
My profile on ASGPP
Michael Gross's amazing description of psychodrama and a regular session

  • My office is located in 2/73 Miramar Avenue, Wellington, New Zealand
  • The next available appointment is 18th August 2024 and onwards as I am away between 15th June and mid August. Please e-mail for appointment.

Fees are between $130-$210 per session, depending on the type of service and the length of the session.

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