Ahona is a clinical and forensic psychologist. She has a specific interest in working with victims of trauma and violence, and those with complex personality dynamics. Ahona believes in the importance of developing a shared understanding of the genesis of the client’s difficulties, and in determining a collaborative therapeutic approach.
She has worked with adults and older adolescents (age 16+) experiencing a range of issues, including anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, OCD, hoarding and substance use. Ahona works with victims of stalking and is also able to offer private consultations to family members of victims of stalking to support their understanding of this behaviour and assist with safety planning. At present, she does not offer treatment to perpetrators of stalking at this practice.
Ahona has been trained in a range of therapies, including schema therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectic behavioural therapy (DBT). She works with her clients to decide which approach may be most suited to their specific difficulties.
Ahona brings warmth, empathy, common sense, humour, and stability to the therapeutic space. She believes that through therapy and the exploration of one’s inner self and values clients can address difficulties and engage in goal-directed and valued action.
As well as working at the Centre for Clinical Psychologist, Ahona works in the field of public mental health, providing specialised clinical services to forensic clients.