About Susan

About Susan

Susan is first and foremost a mother with two children in their teenage years.


Qualifying from the Auckland University of Technology in 2004 with a Masters in Health Science (Psychotherapy, Hons) Susan's dissertation looked at the relationship that exists between core feelings of shame and being suicidal. This dissertation is made available publicly on the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse website.


Other qualifications include a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Studies, AUT, 2000; a Certificate in Rehabilitation Studies, Massey University, 1994; and a Bachelor of Arts (Education) from Auckland University, 1988.


In 2007 Susan facilitated a workshop at the Multiple Birth Conference held in Auckland. In 2008, Susan presented at a ADHB midwives training day information regarding the emotional impact of a Caesarean birth on women. She led a workshop at the New Zealand College of Midwives Conference in September 08 titled "Antenatal and Postnatal Distress: The Challenge of Early Detection" and Susan also presented for the Post and Antenatal Distress Support Group Seminar day held in Wellington in November 08. 

Presentations in 2009 have been made to TABS, Auckland Parents Centre, Well Women NZ and to Parent Aid Waitakere.


Susan has written articles for publications and newsletters including the Childbirth Educators of NZ magazine, Parents Centre newsletters and the Multiple Birth Newsletter. Susan has been interviewed about Postnatal Distress and mothering issues and adjustments for Little Treasures, Littlies magazine, Sunday magazine and was a finalist for the NEXT magazine Clarins Change Makers Awards in 2007. Susan is available for talks, articles and interviews.

Susan is committed to ongoing education and she regularly attends workshops, conferences and NZAP meetings. Her passion is for the potential that the psychotherapy process allows through the therapeutic relationship to create positive and life lasting change. 
Susan is a Registered Psychotherapist with the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (PBANZ). Professional Affiliations include full membership with the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP). Susan is bound by the NZAP Code of Ethics and attends regular professional supervision. She has undergone an intense, long-term personal psychotherapy that began with her own experience of postnatal distress.


If you would like to know more about how talking to Susan could help you please contact Susan