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Liz Gow

Liz Gow counsellor and life coach whangarei and online
Congratulations on being curious about what is possible for you. If you are READY for change, all it takes is one small step at a time. As you are reading this you are already on your way and I would love to walk alongside you for this part of your journey.
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Liz Gow life coach whangarei and online
My passion is walking alongside people who are ready for change and want to be empowered as they tap into their intuitive selves connecting to inner wisdom and moving beyond the stories of how life ‘should’ be.

Our conversations will be hopeful, uplifting, inspiring and focused on intentions/goals. We will respectfully explore what is possible and how to move forward.

 
Liz, you are the most affirming and encouraging person I know. You always reflected on what I shared with you and brought back aspects to delve deeper into and raised themes I didn’t see. You let me plan the direction and pace. You used humour and kept me on track with firmness when needed. I absolutely valued the sessions I had with you as they have changed my life in many positive ways, even though it is now 3 years later the empowering effect hasn’t worn off. Once again – thank-you!
Our conversations will develop resilience, whilst acknowledging body, mind, spirit and emotions. I am guided by a trauma informed practice. Nurturing resilience is the ability to achieve positive outcomes despite adversity.

We free the stored constriction and wisdom⁠ of your physical being—what does your body remember? What is it trying to tell you? We are all unique and together, we will dive below the mental chatter to hear what really needs healing for when you experience:
  • stress/overwhelm
  • 'burn out'
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • grief
  • feeling lost
  • trauma

 

Counselling or Coaching ?

Counselling deals with healing emotional pain and/or conflict within or in relationships. Making sense of, understanding the past, how you got to where you are now and using that knowledge to strengthen you, whilst healing continues. The growth is often introspective and subtle. The Approaches we use allows us to respectfully explore what may be possible and how you can move towards a more inspiring future.
Thank you Liz, for walking beside me on this journey. I always felt understood. So much growth in so little time, Liz it is always such a pleasure working with you. Thank you.
Coaching works with people who are ready, striving to improve their circumstances in order to enrich their future. New skills and tools are used to build a more satisfying successful future. The focus is on maximizing strengths that will lead to a healthier, happier and more fulfilled life. Coaching is future led with specific strategies, plans, actions and accountability for achieving a specified goal, intention. These approaches are often weaved together depending where we are in the journey. There is always a sense of moving forwards.
It was an amazing journey of discovery. It was tough and it was worthwhile. I recommend the process and I recommend Liz Gow as a Life Coach if you want to get results.

 

Working with the nervous system - Flight, Fright, Freeze

“Drawing on principles from Somatic Experiencing™, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®, Sensory Integration, and Body-Mind Centering.”

When we slow down and open to inner awareness, the body can be our greatest resource, our teacher.
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This work is influenced by the work of Dr. Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy). Levine noticed that wild animals don't experience traumatic stress only humans and domesticated animals do!
Somatic Experience Trauma Therapy advocates that we are created for co-regulation, which means we use relationships and, the therapist-client relationship, to resource and strengthen the nervous system range. This is also based on Stephen Porges's work with polyvagal theory and on Diane Poole Heller's work with attachment styles / attachment adaptations.

The body is intelligent, anything we experience inside or any action we take (no matter how painful or seemingly destructive) comes from a place of trying to regulate and keep ourselves safe. Sometimes we need to bring all of ourselves up to date by working through old material, in order to uncover our innate goodness and wisdom underneath.
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If you feel that you have too much fight-or-flight feelings (almost all of us do) or are shut down and unable to engage (or you fluctuate between the two), it is likely that the nervous system has some incomplete loops, perhaps for many years. Now we can complete them. We can learn to regulate our nervous system and therefore learn how to tolerate uncomfortable feelings, until we are no longer fearful of them. You are developing your ‘Window of Tolerance’.

The outcome of this is that you become empowered, whilst feeling all emotions, triggers, memories. We will be able to co-regulate with another and learn to self- regulate. This is where the healing occurs. We need to learn the language of the body and respond to that, not the shoulds, ought toos and have toos.

This is a natural, organic state for us as human beings, it belongs to you, not some therapist or expert. It is yours.
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Supervision

Supervision is an inquiry into practice. It is a compassionate appreciative inquiry….. In supervision we re-write the stories of our own practice….supervision interrupts practice. It wakes us up to what we are doing. When we are alive to what we are doing we wake up to what is. (Ryan, 2004:44)

I provide professional supervision and mentoring to counsellors, life coaches, occupational therapists, supervisors and other health professionals. I bring more than 20 years’ experience supervising allied health professionals working in private practice, NGOs and in the public sector. I use this, my own varied experience and a large kete of approaches to support supervisees to develop wellbeing in their life and work.
professional supervision with Liz Gow in Whangarei and online
Types of approaches and models I use in supervision include:
  • Reflective Model of Supervision
  • Supervision Process: Six Modes of Supervision
  • TAPES Model – Theory, Assessment, Parallel Process, Ethics, Strategies
  • WHOA Model – framework for mentoring sessions
  • Results Coaching Systems
Liz has integrity, professionalism, a wide knowledge base and humour that she combines to draw out the threads I bring to supervision and with patience she supports me and challenges me as I reweave my thoughts and practises. I leave each session feeling heard and my path forward is clearer.
Kate Caughley

 
Liz has a way of allowing me to find the answers myself, whilst gently challenging my perspectives. Supervision with Liz enables me to achieve, sustain and creatively develop a high quality of practice through the means of focussed support and development. Liz is a highly skilled communicator, and passionate about what she does.
OT – Non DHB

 
I valued your light hearted but very sincere approach and passion for supervision! In reflecting on professional skills, strengths and challenges there was always very constructive encouragement. In looking at self-cares I felt able to go deeply into issues. What more could anyone want!
OT – DHB

 
Liz has a vast range of tools to utilise when reviewing different issues and uses her therapeutic use of self to great advantage in a supervision environment. My sessions have been relevant to me as an individual and also targeting my work as a Director and a clinician.
OT – private practice
Conversations can occur in person in Maunu, or via Skype (Skype name - lizgowservices), Zoom. Whats App or telephone.
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About Liz

Liz Gow counsellor and life coach whangarei and online
I was born in England and as a young adult I worked in private business/administration. However, I have always loved working with people, and believed in people’s ability to achieve for themselves. This led to qualifying as an Occupational Therapist, as a 'mature' student aged 28, at Glasgow Caledonian University. Over 18 years I had a wonderful variety of OT roles both in the UK and NZ, working in mental health, an eating disorder service, hospice and neuro rehabilitation.

I moved to make my home in New Zealand in 2003. I have worked as a counsellor since 2012, as a School Guidance Counsellor, ACC Counsellor, EAP, including District Councils and in private practice. I am a Life Coach since 2006, have facilitated workshops and teaching various subjects at Community Education Whangarei. I have personally experienced counselling, coaching and creative therapies on a number of occasions, still do and know how it can impact on your life.
On a personal note I am married to an amazing Scottish man. I love anything to do with water, enjoy rock'n'roll, ceroc walking, African drumming and curious enough to try most things. I enjoy socialising in more peaceful ways these days and have a strong practice of wellbeing and have practiced yoga for a number of years, resulting in my now being a yoga teacher. I hold gratitude for the privileges that enables me to have the life I have.

Memberships

  Member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)

Qualifications & Certificates

  Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling
  Certified Supervisor (WellTec)
  Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
  Certified in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
  Certified in Attachment Based Counselling
  Certified Somatic Experience® Beginner Level III
  Certified Results Coaching Systems (now Neuroleadership) Coach
  Certified Embodied Recovery Provider Level 1
  Certified Advanced ARTbundance™ Coach and Practitioner
  Registered Yoga Teacher RYT200 Hours
  Australian Center for Eating Disorders Practitioner (Gold Level)
  Certificate in Body Trust - Be Nourished.org

  Certifiied Travellers Program Facilitator
  SoulCollage® Facilitator and NZ Regional Co-ordinator
  Certified Master Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach
  KMCC Certified Modern-Day Muse Group Facilitator
  Certified Nourish Facilitator (EDEN)
  Certified Ho'oponopono Practitioner

 
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Fees

Conversations are for 60 minutes. Fees are as follows.

Counselling and Coaching:
$70 for students/unwaged
$90 for personal

Supervision:
$70 Student/Part Time
$110 Full Time (plus GST if GST Registered)

 
Telecommunication
Liz Gow counsellor and life coach whangarei and online
I offer conversations via Skype, Zoom, Whats App or Telephone.
 
Tel:  +64 9 438 5386
Mob:  +64 21 451 522
Skype:  lizgowservices
Email:  lizgowservices@gmail.com
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