Ashley is registered as a Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and is a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP). Ashley has provided support to people at difficult moments in their life for more than 20 years and continues to support people to understand their issues and explore more positive ways of coping and relating.
Professional Qualifications and Ethical Standards
Clinical Psychologists are specialist psychologists who have a minimum of 6 years University training. This training includes post-graduate clinical studies, placement in a variety of psychiatric settings and approved supervision for an additional 2 years. Ashley abides by and meets the standards described in the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.
Clinical Psychologists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems. Ashley offers an integrative approach to psychotherapy and psychological counselling.
The New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) solely represents Clinical Psychologists who hold post-graduate qualifications in clinical psychology and meet the criteria established by the New Zealand Psychologists Board for endorsement as Clinical Psychologists. On-going professional development keeps Clinical Psychologists up to date, encourages responsible practice and is a requirement for annual practicing certificates with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.
Ashley abides by the principles of professional conduct, responsibilities and confidentiality as set out by the New Zealand Psychologists Board Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics and accompanying Ethical Guidelines inform issues that are encountered in everyday professional practice.
Ashley’s Approach to Psychotherapy
Ashley’s approach to psychotherapy affirms the inherent value of each individual. Using her experience and expertise, she will integrate an approach that is effective and meaningful for each individual. Depending on the nature of the difficulties experienced, both shorter and longer-term work is offered. During the self isolation and lockdown that has followed the COVID-19 outbreak, Ashley is able to offer tele therapy using a range on online video platforms so that people can retain distancing and stay safe from coronavirus whilst still receiving psychological support.
Psychotherapy enables people to examine unresolved conflicts, explore past and present issues and relationships. This process allows you to develop a deeper understanding of yourself, so that you can make the sought after changes in your life.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy, which is also known as insight-oriented therapy, informs Ashley’s approach to psychotherapy. This approach draws from object relations, ego psychology and self-psychology and is a shorter and less intense variant of psychoanalysis.
By understanding and evaluating interpersonal relationships and patterns that have developed over time in the frame of a safe, supportive and professional interpersonal relationship, you will have the opportunity to put in place strategies to make the necessary changes.
Ashley’s primary approach is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy but is trained in and draws from a variety of other psychological therapies, including Relational Psychotherapy, Family Systems and Family Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy. Ashley will work with you to determine what approach would be most appropriate for you.
Ashley adopts a developmental and family focused approach when working with children, young people and families.
Professional or clinical supervision
Ashley has undertaken specialist training in Clinical Supervision and has more than 10 years experience a Clinical Supervisor. Ashley offers professional supervision to psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, social workers and other professionals.
Ashley offers short-term consultation services for government, and non-government agencies and businesses to facilitate strategic planning and direction, consult on change management and to support the professional development of staff.
In addition to a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Ashley also has a Master of Business Administration and a Master of International Public Health. Ashley has provided consultancy services to local, national and international organisations in New Zealand and internationally.