As well as coming to my office, you have the option of online counselling while we are in Level 2. 

Covid-19 has meant that counsellors had to change the way we provided our services. I can now provide online services via the Webex platform for those clients who are unable to attend face-to-face sessions. You will need a secure internet connection and a smart phone or computer/ laptop. We will work this out together.

How I work

I am passionate about helping others to improve well-being and resilience. I will work holistically with you from a strengths-based perspective, at a pace that feels right for you and together we will find solutions that are right for you. I am committed to developing a therapeutic relationship that is based on trust, honesty and sensitivity to your needs. I bring 27 years of counselling experience and supporting people to change and move from surviving to thriving.

I use evidence-based therapies that include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness- Based approaches, Neuropsychotherapy, Brain-based interventions, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, Solution Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy along with goal-setting. Therapies are tailored to your needs and goals. 

If spirituality is important to you, I will support you to bring this aspect into your healing journey. Everyone’s experience of God or spirituality is unique, and this can be an amazing resource in therapy. I will never impose my beliefs on you and will only work with spirituality if that is what you want.

ACC Counselling Services

Free, confidential counselling services for historical or recent sexual abuse in New Zealand. Counselling can either be short term or long term, depending on your needs. I will work at your pace, to support you with achieving the recovery goals that you want to achieve for your own healing. Support can also be provided to your family and whanau, if you wish, so that they can support you with your healing. I am registered under ACC to provide assessment and treatment services. My Supplier for ACC services is Fostering Futures. 

Supervision

I provide supervision for counsellors and others in the helping profession, to reflect on practice, ethical issues, professional development, and your own well-being. I am a trained supervisor: I have a Certificate in Supervision (Human Services) from Wellington Institute of Technology and more recently I updated my supervision  training by attending Dr Fiona Howard's course "Enhancing Competence in Supervision: Essential Elements of Effective Practice"

Other Counselling Services

Clients can self-refer for other counselling. I can help you with recovery from abuse and trauma, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, grief and loss, life transitions and changes, parenting, self-esteem, spiritual issues, stress, workplace issues, behavioural and emotional issues.

My Qualifications

Certificate in Counselling- 3 year qualification attained in 1993

Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology

27 years experience working as a counsellor in various mental health contexts

Where I Work From

Level 1, Winslow House, 217 High Street, Lower Hutt, which is opposite the Westpac Bank. There is plenty of parking at the riverbank carpark nearby.

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My Hours

Currently I see clients on 2 days: Monday and Friday 10 am to 6 pm. I do all my administration and report writing on a Wednesday so feel free to contact me on a Wednesday.

I am also available to discuss new referrals on Tuesday or Thursday in between running mindfulness courses.

Cancellation Policy

If you cannot attend your appointment for any reason, I require 24 hrs notice of cancellation. A $46 fee will be charged for late cancellation. For clients who are receiving ACC funded counselling, ACC pay for the first 4 missed sessions in a year, so you will not be charged for these. However, if you continue to cancel at the last minute or miss sessions after this you will be charged a $46 fee for late cancellation.

Please cancel by texting me on 027-677-8783 or emailing me at mindful_life@outlook.co.nz  

Fees

ACC counselling (50 mins generally) free

Supervision (60 mins) $120  Payment on invoice

Other Counselling (60 mins) $120  Payment on the day by cash or prior to your appointment by internet banking