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Bonnie Payne

Bonnie Payne

Counsellor

Grace Centre Counselling
 
Professional Counselling service by an experienced counselor with over 18 years experience. Full Member NZCCA, BSc, MA, ACC Sensitive Claims Provider.
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M. 021 240 6978
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Practice Locations

Maunu, Whangarei
 

Transport and Parking

On street parking immediately in front. Also on the bus route.

Appointments

Tuesday - Friday 9:30am - 6pm
Saturdays 10:30am - 3:30pm

Languages

I speak English / Inglés and some Spanish / Español.

Fees

$75 per hour for individuals 
$120 per hour for couples or families
$120 per hour for supervision

WINZ Sessions 
Mainia PHO Referrals 
ACC Senstive Claims 
 

Payment Options

Cash or Online Banking
 


Client Types

Children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, groups.

 

Areas of Special Interest

Individual, Couples, or Family counselling services. Modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy, others as required. Special Focus on depression, anxiety, addiction, autism, and grief.

 

Counselling/Therapy Services

Need help to overcome obstacles your in life? I use an array of communication skills to provide counselling services that give you the tools for success. In addition to 1-on-1 consultations and group sessions, I regularly host workshops and seminars for people who are interested in developing new tools for coping. 

Life throws many surprises at us, and while we cannot predict the outcome of any situation, we can take control of how we respond to certain situations. My job is to give you the tools and techniques to achieve a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle. The primary goal for counselling is that after several sessions, you will become well-versed at handling issues whenever and wherever they arise. My hope is that you will learn new things about yourself and develop tools that will help you throughout your life.

 

Counselling/Therapy Approach

My preferred counseling techniques include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Positive Therapy or Positive Psychology (PT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), or Mindfulness. SFT and ACT tend to be best used for short term therapy or brief therapy (5 session or less) and are not suitable for all issues. 

Your first appointment will consist of some paperwork and an initial assessment. We will get to know each other. It may take 1-2 session to develop a therapeutic plan that suits your needs and to choose a therapeutic modality or style. Hopefully, you will begin to feel some relief after the first 1-2 sessions.

  

Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Member NZ Christian Counsellors Association (MNZCCA)
  • ACC Registered Counsellor
 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Interdisciplinary Studies from Empire State College with a focus on Psychology and Community Support)
  • Master of Arts (Pastoral Care and Counselling from Austin Seminary)
 

Background and Experience

I began my journey over 18 years ago, working as a counsellor with individuals and families in the church and community. For the last 10 years I have worked primarily in private practice in Whangarei and briefly worked for the Northland District Health Board in Mental Health and Addictions. 

Over the years I gained the following: 
  • Significant post graduate studies at a doctoral level in Counselling Psychology 
  • Internship in Addiction Counselling 
  • Drive SOBA Facilitation Certificate 
  • Specialized in working with abuse, trauma and Autism Spectrum Disorder in children and adults 
 

Supervision Services

Professional Supervision for: social workers, others working in "helping fields," and professionals. Usually this service is paid by your employer. A supervision session works much the same as a counselling session within the framework of your specific needs and goals for supervision. Typically supervision clients are seen monthly, unless otherwise required.