“You’ve been trying to win the war with your mind, with your anxiety, with your urges , your thoughts. True? Well, ACT is about letting the war roll on while you leave the battlefield.”
Steven C. Hayes
My name is Alex, and I have worked with young people and adults in the education sector for over 25 years as a teacher, manager, coach and counsellor in both the UK and Aotearoa, NZ.
With a Master of Counselling (First Class Hons), I work as a person-centred counsellor & coach, with an eclectic kete of modalities to support you in a way that works best for you. I am genuine, non-judgmental, empathic, down to earth and very approachable. I have worked extensively with young people in schools as well as supporting adults and whānau. I continue to work part-time as a counsellor in schools, whilst also counselling in private practice, alongside EAP counselling.
I am currently seeking to research further into taha wairua (spiritual health) within the field of Positive Psychology. I am interested in how this often neglected aspect of ourselves can help us grow in resilience and find meaning through adversity in order to help us flourish. I have completed a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Well-being and am a great believer in the power of mindful and positive living. Having worked with a number of East Auckland schools to introduce well-being frameworks in positive education, I also offer individualised well-being support and coaching specialising in the PERMA and Te Whare Tapa Whā frameworks.
My counselling approach is person-centred, strength based and solution focused, working with you as your own expert and agent of change. Identifying and working with your strengths and values, I use a number of different brief interventions (3 – 6 sessions) such as:
Focused Acceptance Commitment Therapy (F) ACT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Strengths Programmes and Mindfulness Based Stress-Reduction Programmes (MBSP/MBSR), Interactive Drawing Therapy (IDT) or more long term therapies that work at a slower pace, including Narrative, Family Systems and person-centred.
In session, you will be able to work in whatever way suits you: drawing, writing, talking, metaphor, picture cards, role play, mindfulness interventions, use of sand tray etc. I have found that the therapeutic relationship forms very quickly. You will feel heard, accepted without judgment and valued, and leave with clarity and skills/resources for you to practice on your journey to living well.
Anxiety and Panic disorder
Grief and loss
Work related stress & burnout
Self esteem and self confidence
Life transitions & resettlement