I have been practicing for over 25 years and provide general counselling for adults and young adults from16 years. I work with individuals, couples and adult families where all family members are adults. My practice also includes Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) counselling.
I work with people with varied issues including loss and grief, relationships, sexual abuse, stress, depression, anxiety and life transition.
The reasons people come to counselling are many and varied. You may want support in decision making, conflict resolution or problem solving, to gain new insights or perspectives, to feel understood, to increase self awareness, to gain new skills to better equip yourself generally or for specific situations or to process past or present events which are impacting on your quality of life. You may be noticing repeated unhelpful patterns in your life or be feeling in a rut and want to explore what’s working for you and what is not, what changes you may want to make and how to do that.
What Can You Expect
I draw on a variety of counselling modalities and the approach I use is governed by the client and the issues presented in counselling.
Counselling is not always a comfortable experience as some of what you bring may be difficult for you to talk about. However, you can expect to be treated with respect and to work with me in a safe and peaceful environment.
My expectation is to provide you with a professional and quality service. If you are not satisfied with the service I provide I invite you to discuss this with me. If you would prefer not to do this, or you still feel dissatisfied following our discussion, I invite you to contact my Supervisor or to contact NZAC which has an Ethics Committee and a Complaints Process.
I take notes following each session briefly outlining the work we have done in the session. They serve as a prompt for me for our next session. If you would like to read these at any time, you are welcome to do so.
While in most etc etc etc the NZAC Code of Ethics. If you would like to read the code before your session please visit www.nzac.org.nz
How Long Does Counselling take?
How long counselling takes varies and is influenced by many things. By the end of our first session I will be able to give you an indication of how many sessions I would recommend, and the desired frequency of sessions. I appreciate that this is also dependent upon what you can afford and juggling other commitments so we will discuss what will best suit your needs.