Outlined below are the different ways I work within Counselling and more detail on working with Pre-teens, Adolescents and Adults, providing Counselling at Hutt Intermediate School, Vitae and Victim Support.
Contact me on (04) 939-8030 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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My primary 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.
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 work with adults on a range of issues, including:
- Domestic Violence
- Separation / Divorce
I also believe there are times that pre-teens and adolescents need additional support to work though problems they are experiencing.
I work with them on a range of issues, including:
- Family conflict and unhappiness
- Separated or Step-families
When working with pre-teens and 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 pre-teen/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 pre-teen/adolescent has the opportunity to share something from the counselling session.
For a number of years, I have provided counselling for the students at Hutt Intermediate School. This has been a valuable service, providing somewhere and someone that the students can talk to about a range of issues. Refer above to “Counselling for Adolescents”, for examples of issues that can be worked through.
I am there on a Tuesday when there are students to see. At the beginning of the year I visit all the classrooms to introduce myself and counselling, and explain the process for students to refer themselves. Referrals may also be made by the Teachers and Parents/Family and they can contact either the school on (04) 939-8800 or myself at my office on (04) 939-8030.
I am registered with Vitae as a counsellor and see clients at my office in Lower Hutt. Vitae offer 3 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