Sessions are available in person and via Skype and Zoom.
I offer counselling for children, adolescents and adults and it is an opportunity to be heard and supported in a safe environment; discover more about yourself; make connections about your behaviour and patterns within your life; learn more about your feelings; work out what isn’t okay in your life and what you need; make changes in yourself and in your life and work through and clear trauma.
“Thank you so much for your help and support over the past few weeks/months. It has really meant a lot and I will honestly be forever grateful!”
Outlined below are the different ways I work within Counselling; more detail on working with Children & Adolescents and Adults and providing Counselling for Vitae and Victim Support; working with Energy Psychology – EFT, Matrix Reimprinting and PSYCH-K. At the bottom is my session fee and about funding through WINZ.
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.
- Matrix Reimprinting.
- 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:
- Domestic Violence
- Relationships (I do not work with couples)
- Separation / Divorce
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.
Counselling for Children and Adolescents
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 adolescents I will introduce them and their parent/caregiver to an approach called EFT Emotional Freedom Technique (read more about it below). This technique can clear away or decrease feelings, change negative thoughts, clear trauma, help change behaviour. We can arrange for sessions where I can help you using EFT to change things and/or you can learn and use it yourself.
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 offer counselling sessions for 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 for more information.
After completing my Counselling degree, I continued with various training and moved into “Energy Psychology” treatments so I can offer more options to a client.
From the internet, “Energy Psychology (EP)” is a collection of mind-body approaches for understanding and improving human functioning. EP focuses on the relationship between thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviours, and known bio-energy systems (such as meridians and the bio-field).”
I first trained in EFT Emotional Freedom Technique and coming from a science background, was a little skeptical. But after that training, something had definitely changed for me – I was now able to bike ride down a hill with no fear or anxiety. Actually, so long as I can see the road ahead, I love doing it now!
I continued on and did further EFT training and then trained in Matrix Reimprinting and PSYCH-K both of which have created changes for myself and for a number of my clients.
EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique
EFT is a quick, easy and effective technique that I use with clients of any age, to create change and help to…
- Release intense feelings.
- Conquer negative thinking.
- Feel better about yourself or a situation.
- Achieve goals.
- Transform past events.
- Make connections to the core of behaviour, feelings and thoughts.
Chinese medicine says we have meridian lines of energy that flow through our bodies, with the end points being acupressure points. EFT is often referred to as ‘acupuncture without the needles’ and is also known as ‘tapping’ as you tap on the acupressure points on the body to create accelerated results.
EFT is effective with so many issues such as…
- Fear and Phobias
- Relationship Difficulties
- Self Esteen
- And more…
Using EFT releases cortisol and adrenaline that is stored in your body created from stress and issues as above, which then leads to healing on a physical level. But you don’t have to understand the science behind EFT or believe in it for it to work.
But if you do want to check out the science and research, you can look at the following websites:
Matrix Reimprinting is another energy therapy and has evolved from EFT Emotional Freedom Technique, and uses EFT in the process. Where EFT reduces the emotional response to a memory and lowers cortisol and stress within the body, Matrix Reimprinting can do this and transform the memory. You get to change the memory by doing and saying what you wished you had been able to do at the time and bring in new resources that you didn’t have at the time. You can then create a new picture as Matrix Reimprinting talks about memories as pictures in our energy fields. By transforming our negative memories that run on a subconscious level, we can affect and change our emotional and physical well being.
I know it seems hard to believe but in the video below, see Karl Dawson – the creator of Matrix Reimprinting – change a client’s phobia of frogs.
Are you limited by your beliefs?
We have created our beliefs from our past experiences and they are stored in our subconscious i.e. the larger portion of the iceberg below the surface that we’re unaware of. It’s from these beliefs that we operate in life – how and why we act and react to different situations.
PSYCH-K is a way to change your limiting beliefs into positive, inspiring beliefs using muscle testing (kinesiology) and different processes.
“PSYCH-K is a user-friendly way to rewrite the software of your mind in order to change the printout of your life” Robert M. Williams, M.A. Originator of PSYCH-K
Brain Dominance Theory indicates that the left-brain and right-brain manage different functions, information and problems. Left Brain Uses logic / reason Thinks in words Deals in parts / specifics Analyses / breaks apart Thinks sequentially Ordered / controlled Right Brain Uses emotions Thinks in pictures Deals in whole / relationship Synthesises / puts together Thinks simultaneously Spontaneous / free
Events from our past often leave us operating from one hemisphere (left-brain or right-brain) more than the other. The more traumatic the experience, the more it will be stored for the future; so that when we experience a similar situation, we will probably operate from that same hemisphere again.
A foundation of PSYCH-K is to get the left-brain and right-brain talking to each other in what PSYCH-K calls a more ‘whole-brained’ state and by also getting you communicating more directly with your subconscious, this will maximise the changing of your limiting beliefs.
Watch Rob Williams talking about PSYCH-K in this video:
For additional information, visit www.psych-k.com
My fee is $80 per session, for a standard 50 minute session. A counselling session usually takes 50 minutes with the remaining time used for payment and booking of future appointments. Full payment is expected at the end of each session by eftpos (not credit) or cash.
If you need help with counselling fees, WINZ may be able to help you with a disability allowance. Refer to the WINZ website for more information.