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Patricia Ford

Patricia Ford

Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor

Wehiford Counselling
 
Are you looking to make changes in your life? I’d like to help! Let’s work together to understand your troubles, manage difficulties, find solutions, and build positive, lasting change.
Patricia Ford counsellor and psychotherapist wellington cbd

Contact Patricia Ford

M.  027 284 5587
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Practice Locations

Level 9, BERL House
108 The Terrace
Wellington CBD
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Transport and Parking

Metered street parking on The Terrace 
Clifton or Wilsons Car Parking 
Frequent, excellent bus services on Lambton Quay 
Farmers Lane and Plimmer Steps give access from Lambton Quay 
Many buildings on Lambton Quay offer lift access to The Terrace

Appointments

Thursdays and Fridays only at this stage 
Sessions are 55 minutes 
Please contact me to discuss your needs

Fees

Standard fee: $125 (GST incl) per 55-minute session 
A reduced rate may be negotiated for those on lower incomes - please ask if you need help with this 
WINZ-subsidised funding can sometimes be arranged.
 

Payment Options

Cash after appointments, or bank transfer completed on the day of the appointment. 
 

Cancellations

If you have an appointment booked, it will be charged at the agreed rate, unless you have cancelled or rescheduled at least 24 hours beforehand.
 


Client Types

Adolescents, adults.

 

Areas of Special Interest

Coming out, gender issues, anxiety, depression, working with dreams and nightmares, grief, loss, trauma, sexual abuse, coping with stress, relationship difficulties, building assertiveness and confidence, life transitions, clinical supervision.

 

Counselling/Therapy Services

Sharing problems in a safe, confidential space with a respectful and skilled listener can help you live more freely. It is also important to find a person you feel comfortable working with. 

You can expect me to be welcoming, professional, supportive and confidential. I will attend and listen carefully to you, starting from where you are at and working collaboratively to explore what you want to achieve from therapy. 

We’ll be working with what emerges between us as our relationship develops. Within the emotional safety, support and mutual trust of the relationship there will be space for you to explore the issues you are struggling with, make sense of these and explore new coping strategies to achieve the changes you want. 

As part of the therapy process we may explore how past patterns can illuminate the present and help to point the way forward. As a result, you may come to know and understand yourself better, develop more compassion toward yourself, and become freer to be your authentic self, enjoying greater intimacy with others and a healthy more productive life.

 

Counselling/Therapy Approach

My work is grounded in deep respect for each person and the capacity that we all have, to make positive changes in our lives. My initial counselling training involved an eclectic approach designed to match individual client’s needs.

Keen to work at a deeper level with clients and facilitate more enduring change, I studied psychotherapy and became interested in working in a more relational and psychodynamic way. I continue to keep my client at the centre of the work, exploring past experiences as they relate to the present and employ mindful awareness strategies.

I appreciate the impact of brain biology on emotions, relational patterns and the therapy process and the evidence this provides that talk therapy works!

  

Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Registered Psychotherapist
  • Member of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
  • Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
  • Member Australia New Zealand Transactional Analysis Association
  • Member International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA) 
  • Member Dream Network Aotearoa New Zealand
  • ACC Registered Counsellor
 

Qualifications

  • Certified Transactional Analyst - Psychotherapy
  • Master of Counselling (with Distinction)
  • Bachelor of Science 
 

Background and Experience

  • Working in a University counselling service and as a Guidance Counsellor in secondary schools developed brief and focused therapy skills. 
  • Psychotherapy training and private practice experience have broadened my experience in working at greater depth and facilitating longer term therapy. 
  • I am part of the LGBTI or Rainbow Community and enjoy working with clients who are coming out, struggling with sexual identity or managing gender dysphoria and transition. 
  • I have strong connections to the tangata whenua and appreciate and respect cultural difference of all types. 
  • I presented parenting workshops, in support of parents with young children and teens, was a volunteer breastfeeding counsellor and CORSO National Executive member.
 

Supervision Services

I offer clinical supervision to counsellors, student counsellors, nurses, social workers, case managers, community support workers and those in other work settings. You can expect a safe and supportive emotional environment in which we will establish an agreement about how we will work together. This may include focusing on your: 
  • casework and the client-practitioner relationship 
  • role and responsibilities 
  • self-care 
  • workplace issues 
  • professional goals and development 
  • ethical dilemmas and professional issues 
Supervision is a chance to reflect on your work from a different perspective. It is confidential and conducted in an atmosphere of curiosity, exploration and openness to learning. It also sits within the context of our work in a bicultural nation and multicultural society. 
If you are looking for a supervisor please contact me. We can meet and you can share where you are at, where you would like to be, and ask any questions you might have about establishing a positive supervision relationship. If you decide we are compatible and there is value for you in working with me, we can then negotiate a supervision agreement. Contact me for an initial meeting and I will respond within 48 hours.