Counsellor and Supervisor MNZAC
For more than a decade I have been counselling people through difficulties such as depression, interpersonal conflict, anxiety, low self worth/esteem, addiction, grief, loss, and trauma. Helping them to move past the place where they are stuck and build up their ability to make the changes they want to make.
Read below to find out more about what to expect when you come to counselling, and practical information about my qualifications, fees , and location. There is also some specific information about counselling for sexual abuse, drug and alcohol problems, NZTA alcohol and drug assessments, and supervision for health professionals.
What to Expect in CounsellingProfessional counselling provides a place where you will be listened to without judgement, so you can:
I provide a professional and confidential counselling service, and practice according to the New Zealand Association of Counsellors Code of Ethics. You will find that I:
At your first appointment I will do a full assessment of your situation. This to find out what it is that you want to achieve and to build a detailed picture of what might be impacting on you, so that I can choose the most appropriate type of counselling for your needs. We will also discuss how to arrange appointment changes or cancellations, and how payment will be made.
How long your counselling will take depends greatly on your individual circumstances. Some people facing a specific issue may require only one or two sessions. Other people with more complex concerns, for example recovering from a traumatic past, struggling with long-term depression, addictions, or grieving the loss of a loved one, may choose to have more regular and longer term counselling.
Counselling for Drug and Alcohol ProblemsI have extensive experience helping people struggling with substance abuse/addictions. I enjoy helping people find freedom from these struggles and make improvements in the areas of their lives that substance abuse has negatively affected. Counselling can help you improve your relationships with yourself and others, find meaning in life, improve your ability to make choices, and to learn to live a life without substance abuse/addiction. In your first session I will assess the impact of your substance use and may need to refer you for medical support and/or to an intensive counselling service if this is appropriate.
Clinical SupervisionI also provide professional supervision to counsellors, counselling students, and other health professionals such as social workers and hospice staff. Within my extensive experience as a counsellor, I have specialised skills working with people with co-existing issues (previously referred to as dual diagnosis), and can help you up skill for clients with both mental health diagnoses and, alcohol and drug issues. Supervisees tell me they appreciate the coaching style I use to encourage and support them as they grow in their professional practice.
Qualifications and ExperienceI have over 10 years professional experience in the counselling field, including working for Mid-Central Health, in a Residential Rehab centre, and in private practice.
LocationMy room has easy access and is spacious and comfortable.
There is ample parking, including off street parking.
155 Grey Street
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Ph/text or email Samantha