Outlined below are the different ways I work within Counselling and information on working with Children, Adolescents and Adults and providing Counselling for Vitae and Victim Support.
Contact me if you want to talk more about counselling and/or to make an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you.
If you’re wanting some suggestions of counsellors who work with younger children, couples or families click here
My counselling approaches are:
Client Centred Practice
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – primarily Transactional Analysis.
EFT Emotional Freedom Technique – an Energy Psychology.
Matrix Reimprinting – an Energy Technique.
Symbolic strategies using cards and objects.
Using a variety of methods within counselling, allows clients the opportunity to use play or creativity to work through their difficulties. As people are all individuals e.g. some more visual or auditory, this also allows the client to find a counselling approach that works for them.
We are all different and to be able to talk about and make changes in some difficult areas of your life, you need to feel comfortable with your counsellor. If you don’t feel comfortable with me at the end of the first session, I’m happy to give you some suggestions of other counsellors.
Issues I work with are:
Anger, Anxiety, Bullying, Domestic Violence, Grief, Relationships (only working with an individual not couples), Separation / Divorce, Self-Esteem, Stress and Trauma.
Individual Counselling for Adults
I have a strong belief in the benefit of counselling and am passionate about working with people in this way. I believe there are times that adults need a safe place where they can receive additional support to work through difficulties they may be having. A time and place to express themselves and be heard, gain more awareness about themselves, discover options and/or develop skills and strategies to assist them in life and…create change.
Part of that ‘safe place’ is that counselling is confidential, which means what we talk about is private unless you give informed consent to have specific information disclosed or there are serious safety concerns for yourself or others.
I also believe there are times that children and adolescents need additional support to work though problems they are experiencing.
When working with children and pre-teens my preferred way of working is using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) which is an energy technique that shifts negative feelings, thoughts and trauma. It is a technique that the child and caregiver can learn and use themselves. If you would like to learn this technique and have further sessions and/or continue using the technique yourself, please contact me for more information or to make an appointment.
When working with adolescents I prefer to see them and their parent/caregiver together for the first session where I will talk about counselling and what happens and the parent/ caregiver talks about why they have brought their child to counselling. From then I work with the adolescent on their own. At times I may have the parent/caregiver come in at the beginning of the session to share any feedback and/or at the end of a session so the adolescent has the opportunity to share something from the counselling session.
Counselling for Vitae (Employee Assistance Programs EAP)
I am registered with Vitae as a counsellor and see clients at my office in Lower Hutt. Vitae provide counselling sessions for organisations and their staff members who are facing work and/or personal issues. These can be “managing conflict, coping with change, stress, grief, career transitions, relationship issues, gambling, alcohol / substance abuse, parenting, conflict, pain, trauma, anxiety, depression and many types of emotional difficulty.” Refer to Vitae’s website www.vitae.co.nz for more information and to request counselling.
Counselling for Victim Support
I am registered with Victim Support as a counsellor and see clients at my office in Lower Hutt. If you have been a victim of a crime or trauma, you can obtain support and counselling through Victim Support. This includes being a witness to a crime or trauma or if you are a family member of a victim. Contact Victim Support on 0800842846 or check out their website www.victimsupport.org.nz
14 Park Avenue, Epuni, Lower Hutt