About Aimi WeaverI have experience working with a wide range of problems, issues and diagnoses, including all aspects of relationship difficulties, interpersonal struggles, grief, anger and loss, depression, post/pre-natal depression, anxiety and trauma.
Also for the past four years I have developed and run a successful Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills group in a variety of community based facilities.
Therapy ServicesI offer both long and short-term psychotherapy and counselling to individuals and couples, who are seeking a safe and professional space to explore and discover patterns of behaviour, thoughts and emotions, which affect their wellbeing.
I also offer a group programme that focuses on developing skills that help people cope with overwhelming and distressing emotions.
SpecialtiesI specialise in working with people to develop a strong sense of self, and an understanding of any recurrent negative patterns, which get in the way of living a full and successful life.
These include, but are not limited to:
I am registered with Child Youth and Family Services (CYFS) and Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) and able to use subsidies/funding where they are available.
Online Therapy SessionsTherapy does not need to be limited to an office based environment. At Shore Therapy we offer online therapy sessions via video/audio conferencing systems such as Skype.
Having a video session online via Skype means you get the exact same therapy session as you would normally in the office, except you can do it from anywhere in the world! Our clients book regular Skype therapy & counselling sessions and enjoy being able to avoid traffic and see their therapist from the comfort of their home, office or even bach!
All you need is a computer or tablet, the free Skype video chat application and an internet connection to enjoy a therapy session from a place that is convenient to you. At Shore Therapy we use the latest hardware and technology including full HD video and audio setups.
Whangarei OfficeWe are also able to offer our therapy services in Whangarei, Northland. Please enquire about appointment times.
To make an appointment please contact me directly via phone or email. I will contact you within 24 hours (normally within a few hours during work hours). All contact is treated in the strictest confidence. You do not need a Doctors referral to see us.
Anxiety & Stress
Stress or Anxiety can come in all shapes and forms and can be very difficult to cope with.Anxiety and stress are often linked to significant life changing events, such as the death of a loved one, trauma, change in employment situations, change in financial circumstances, moving house or the ending of a relationship, and can display themselves in a number of different ways.
Many people have identified the following list as the most common symptoms of stress:
How I can help you with anxiety and stress:I have a wide range of experience working with clients who struggle with Anxiety or Stress-Related Disorders and those having a tough time coping with stressful personal situations. Depending on your needs I can provide techniques such as: breathing control, relaxation training, mindfulness strategies, sensory modulation, gradual exposure and talking therapy.
Depression is a very serious issue that is becoming increasingly common in New Zealand society.Depression can be described as feeling very low and having no interest or pleasure in activities that in the past have been a source of enjoyment. Depression can affect people in different ways and often has a large effect on people’s lives.
The following are some common symptoms of depression:
How I can help you with depression:I have extensive experience working with all forms of depression, including Major Depressive Disorder and Postnatal (postpartum) Depression. I will help you to understand and resolve personal or historical issues that may cause or maintain your low mood. I also have behavioural skills to help with motivation and identifying aspects of behaviour that may be affecting your depression.
Eating issues are a very common problem for a number of people, and if they become severe can result in the person developing Anorexia or Bulimia.Often during times of stress or anxiety we can find our eating habits change. For some, this means over eating as a way to self-sooth, for others this could be restricting our eating or forgetting to eat. This can cause a number of issues around how a person feels about themselves. Self -confidence and esteem often decrease when our weight changes. It is therefore, important for us to develop strong and healthy strategies to find new ways to self-sooth or manage our eating issues.
How I can help you with eating issues:I have experience working with general stress related eating issues, as well as the eating disorders Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. I use a variety of different techniques to manage these issues, such as: empathetic intervention, basic education, food/behaviour diaries, eating plans, development of new coping strategies, sensory modulation, distress tolerance skills, and development of insight. Each of these is based on a safe, strong and trustworthy therapeutic relationship.
Bipolar I and II Disorders
Bipolar Disorder is often a very exhausting and emotional experience for both the individual and those around them.Bipolar is a mood disorder that can present in a cyclical manner. There are two distinct episodes that are often associated with bipolar; depression and mania. The depressive episode appears much the same as Depression. However, the Manic episode is usually associated with impaired judgement, inappropriate/bizarre behaviour, risky behaviour (financially, physically, sexually) and difficulty with personal insight into un-wellness. People who experience Bipolar often have periods of remission or ‘normality’ in between these episodes. It is extremely important that people who suffer with this disorder have healthy natural support networks and are able to manage their emotions, particularly in their manic episodes.
Here are some common mania symptoms associated with Bipolar Disorders:
How I can help you with Bipolar DisorderI have a number of years experience working with this diagnosis. I specialise in talking therapy. It is important for people with Bipolar to feel as though they have a safe and contained space for them to express their feelings around their experience and potential difficulty with personal relationships. Shore Therapy is able to provide this experience for those willing to work on gaining insight into themselves and their relationships with others.
Marriage & Couples Counselling
Marriage and relationships are not always easy. Sometimes they are just down right hard!Experiencing issues with your significant other can severely impact every part of your life, whether it be work, family, social life, home life or even alone time! Often in our busy schedules we find it difficult to find time to work on our relationships, yet these are the people that we turn to in time of need. So therefore, it is essential that we look after our relationships so they are strong, healthy and resilient to all that life can throw at us.
How I can help with your relationshipI can offer you both an allocated time for you and your partner to sit down with a professional and work on your relationship. You will have a calm, neutral and contained space for you both to hash out your issues and work towards a more resilient relationship. I may offer you insight into your behaviour, emotions and past experiences that may be affecting the health of your relationship.
Anger is an emotion that we all experience, though each of us expresses our anger in different ways.Some may explode, and become aggressive or lash out at others, while others, may repress or smother their anger as they feel unsafe to express this. Anger is often seen as a negative emotion, one we should not feel or express. However, anger is a healthy and natural emotion to feel, the trick is to find a safe, healthy way to express this. It is about finding how you can become assertive, rather than aggressive or repressive.
How I can help with your anger issuesI have a number of different ways to encourage and develop strong, healthy ways to express our anger. I offer individual psychotherapy sessions where you will work to uncover and discover the personal, historical or familial dynamics that have encouraged your anger issues. I also provide a DBT Skills Group with an emphasis on anger management. It is up to you whether you decide that individual psychotherapy or the DBT skills group is your treatment preference, but it is highly recommended that the combination of the individual therapy and the group work is the best way to develop new ways to manage your anger.
DBT Skills Group
DBT helps individuals learn helpful coping skills to managing their distressing emotions and improve their quality of life and relationships with others.Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT for short) is a form of psychotherapy that was originally designed by Marsha Linehan for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, who cope with distressing emotions and situations in self-destructive ways. However, in recent years DBT has been used in a wide variety of contexts as the skills have a great ability to work with all sorts of problems or issues.
The DBT skills group has four distinct modules: