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Sarah Penwarden

Sarah Penwarden


“Hope is a practice; it is something we do with others” 
(Kaethe Weingarten)
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Contact Sarah

M. 021 267 8923
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Practice Locations

Phoenix House
306 Great North Road
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Counselling available via Skype, Zoom or cell phone.

Transport and Parking

Onsite parking.


Mondays 9am. - 6pm. 
Fridays 9am. - 6pm.


$90 per session 

You may be eligible for WINZ funding via the Disability Allowance.

Payment Options

Via online banking.

Client Types

Adolescents, adults.


Areas of Special Interest

Grief, anxiety, depression, stress, anger, relationship conflict, workplace issues.


Counselling/Therapy Services

I am an experienced counsellor based in West Auckland. I specialise in providing a comfortable space in which to talk about troubling thoughts, intense feelings or any other concerns. 

Counselling is a space where through trust and care, a person can express thoughts, feelings and life experiences that are currently problematic. Through telling their stories, a person can gain a sense of clarity about who they are, and the strengths they have in navigating problems they are currently facing. Counselling can provide both a place in which to express feelings and be heard, and also an opportunity to grow in self-awareness and self-belief. In this sense, counselling can facilitate turning points for people wanting change in their lives.


Counselling/Therapy Approach

Narrative therapy invites a person to make meaning of their life through stories. It is an approach where people gain a greater sense of the stories that are shaping their lives, and come to see themselves as able to “re-author” their own stories. I use a technique called “double-listening” which involves listening both to the aspects of a person’s life that are problematic and also listening for the person’s strategies in navigating their life. I also listen for their values that they can hold onto through the difficulties. I am also skilled in offering creative approaches to counselling, such as using drawing or writing as tools to express feelings, tell stories and gain some resolution. 


Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)


  • PhD in grief counselling and poetry therapy
  • Master of Counselling
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

Background and Experience

After gaining a Masters in Counselling in 2001, I worked for ten years as a school counsellor, and then began to work with adults. I gained a PhD in grief counselling in 2018. I have worked both with adolescents and adults facing a breadth of issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, relationship conflict, and anger. I have worked with men and women facing struggles in their mind, body and emotions, in their family/relationship lives, and also in their workplaces. I have also seen people from a variety of cultural backgrounds, identities, and sexualities. I am comfortable talking about spirituality and diverse faith practices. I am very comfortable working with Pasifika clients, and seek to offer a warm space in which to talk.