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Jennifer D'Costa

Counsellor & Supervisor

 
My approach as a counsellor is transparent and honest. You will feel understood and supported as you resolve the things that are hindering your well-being and find a new kind of freedom in your life.
 
jennifer dcosta counsellor highland park auckland

Contact Details
M. 021 186 9843

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Practice Locations

Highland Park, Auckland
Burswood, Auckland

Appointments

I am available in evenings and weekends.

Languages

I am fluent in English अंग्रेज़ी and Hindi हिंदी.

I understand Marathi मराठी, Gujrathi ગુજરાતી, Punjabi ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਦੇ.

Fees

$100 per hour session for individuals.
$140 per hour for couples and families.
 

Payment Options

Cash or cheque at time of session.
 


Client Types

Children, adolescents, adults, couples, families.

 

Areas of Special Interest

Anxiety depression, stress, family dynamics, stress, grief and loss, migrant issues, identity, relationships, conflict resolution, goal setting and mental health issues.

 

Counselling/Therapy Services

Counselling is an holistic way of looking after yourself. While it’s important for our well-being to be able to talk about things that are important to us, sometimes talking to family or friends doesn’t meet our needs. Counselling gives us the opportunity to talk to a neutral person who has the skills to help us find a way forward. When we carry unresolved issues they can impact on every aspect of our lives - relationships, work and physical health. Resolving stuck issues gives people a wonderful sense of being free.

Being a migrant myself I am intimately connected to the hardships that people experience when they come into a new country. There are many adjustments to be made and losses to be felt. There is the ultimate challenge of how to assimilate well into the new culture, while trying to hold onto what you value from your own culture. All these adjustments can create identity issues as you try to work out who you are and how to be in this new country.

I have often worked with people who for reasons of ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation have experiences of being different within their community or culture. My practice is LGBTI friendly. 

 

Counselling/Therapy Approach

I use a range of counselling methods to meet the individual needs of my clients. I generally begin with a client-centred approach which enables me to build rapport quickly to understand your issues and what you will need from me. When people are stuck Motivational Interviewing techniques are very useful for helping people to begin to shift. I am highly skilled using cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) to provide people with new ways of perceiving and thinking about their world, which in turn impacts on how they will act. 

I also work well with family therapy approaches which recognises that people live in a community, with many connections. Good therapy acknowledges those connections, and helps people to heal them or make new ones.

 

Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Member of the NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
  • Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
  • Practitioner Member of the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa-New Zealand (DAPAANZ)
 

Qualifications

  • Masters of Arts (Psychology)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Guidance
  • Bachelors of Arts (Psychology)
  • National Certificate in Mental Health
 

Background and Experience

Since coming to New Zealand in 2001 I have worked as a Clinical Supervisor, Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, Methadone Case Manager, and Residential Support Worker. Before coming to NZ I was a Student Guidance Counsellor for 4 years in Mumbai and also was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Applied Psychology University of Mumbai, India.

 

Supervision Services

I provide clinical supervision to alcohol and drug counsellors. I also enjoy providing Cultural Supervision to counsellors and health professionals who are interested to know more about how to work well with people from India.

I am very transparent and open in my communication with my supervisees. I keep confidentiality well and hold very clear boundaries to support the supervision process. Supervisees say they find me supportive, fair, honest and open to whatever they want to talk about. I am skilled at matching the supervisory process to meet the particular needs of the supervisee and their level of experience. At various times this can mean I may be providing guidance, mentoring, support, theoretical knowledge, skills development, ethical inquiry, or robust conversation with a peer.