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Rachel Paterson

Rachel Paterson

Counsellor

 
Sometimes, it's just better to be able to speak to someone who is independent from your everyday life - someone who can support a new perspective. I'm here to provide a safe place for you to express your troubles, and together we can work through what concerns you.
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Contact Rachel

M. 027 255 3441
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Practice Locations

Harewood, Christchurch

Online counselling available via Zoom.

Appointments

Skype sessions available by appointment only.

Fees

$100 per hour.
WINZ subsidies are available for those on benefits or low incomes
 

Payment Options

Fees are payable on the day of the appointment by bank transfer.
 


Client Types

Adult women.

 

Areas of Special Interest

Depression and anxiety, grief, trauma, disability and chronic illness, stress, confidence and self-esteem, relationship and family issues.

 

Counselling/Therapy Services

Modern life evokes a multitude of stressors which can often lead to anxiety, depression, and generally feeling overwhelmed. Counselling is a good way to help ease the pressure of these situations, and assist to promote enjoyment from life. However, sometimes, situations or circumstances occur that cause distress which requires professional help. I am trained to provide this assistance, and I view it as an honour to be able to work with my clients in this way.

Counselling is the perfect place to explore thought processes and life issues/events. As my client, you are the expert in your own life, but I can help by providing a sensitive and safe place for you to voice your concerns.

 

Counselling/Therapy Approach

My approach to counselling is inherently person-centred; I treat my clients with unconditional positive regard, empathy, and a focused presence. I have been trained in short-term solution-focussed methods, behavioural strategies, and work in an embodied gestalt-style approach. Overall, we will work together in a way which best suits you and your concerns.

  

Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (ProvMNZAC)
 

Qualifications

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Counselling and Guidance)
  • Diploma of Professional Counselling
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Music
 

Background and Experience

I have been training and working as a counsellor for the last five years, after my physical health caused me to cease my role as a lawyer. My training has involved comprehensive practical instruction in a number of counselling approaches, as well as robust theoretical and cultural work.