Yvonne has been in private practice in since 1990 where she provides counselling for individuals, couples, groups and families.

She also provides consultation and supervision to professionals and organizations.

Yvonne specialises in working with couples, family members hoping to heal adult relationships and individuals who are suffering childhood trauma, grief and loss, anxiety and depression.

The clinical modalities she primarily works from are Imago Relationship Therapy, Narrative Therapy and EMDR.

Yvonne completed a Diploma in Social work at The University of Canterbury in 1982 and worked in the field of Disability and Psychiatric Emergency Services before establishing her private practice. She has trained extensively in family, individual and couples therapy.

Yvonne is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist (2005) and became a Certified Workshop Presenter (2010). She is delighted to be presenting the Getting The Love You Want workshops with her husband Brian.

In her individual work Yvonne has always worked with trauma and grief and she completed EMDR training Level 1 1997 and Level 11 in 1998.

Yvonne has completed many workshops, seminars and specialized trainings. These include trainings with Michael White, David Epston, Johnella Bird, Daphne Hewson, Alan Jenkins, John Briere, Bessel Van der Kolk, Susan Johnson, Rick Stolp, Maya Kollman and Harville Hendrix.

Yvonne is grateful to be in a loving relationship of over 40 years with three wonderful adult children and 5 precious grandchildren. She is passionate about supporting people to heal their relationships with each other so they can live in loving connection with themselves and with those in their lives.

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  • “The best wedding gift we have given each other. What waste of time energy and painful emotions when we engage in reactive conflict, rather than conscious, thoughtful negotiations.”
  • “We both are on relationship/marriage #3. We came with a want to spend the next 20+years together and we believe this has been shown us the way to achieve a union of beauty.”
  • “This workshop has been a real turning point in our relationship. I came along in a mood of desperation and am leaving with so much hope for our future together.”