Alex Green (Counsellor & Coach)

The beginning of a new journey to flourishing and living well.

  • Experienced Counsellor working with young people and adults
  • Well-being Coach & Well-being PD facilitator
  • Well-being Support for schools regarding implementation of well-being frameworks & programmes

“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

About Me

Kia ora

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.

Current Research Area

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

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.

Common issues I can offer you support with include:

  • Anxiety and Panic disorder

  • Depression

  • Suicidal ideation

  • Trauma

  • Grief and loss

  • Bereavement counselling
  • Disordered eating

  • Relationships

  • Positive parenting

  • Positive coaching (using your identified strengths) to achieve personal goals
  • Work related stress & burnout

  • Self esteem and self confidence

  • Managing Emotions

  • Life transitions & resettlement

  • Identity & LGBTIQA+
  • Substance use


Q Registration and Professional Memberships

- Member New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Registered Teacher with Education Council NZ (ECNZ)
- New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology (NZAPP)
- Positive Education School Association (PESA)
- International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM)
- Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA)

Q Qualifications

- Master of Counselling (UoA) 1st Class Hons
- Diploma Positive Psychology & Wellbeing
- Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
- Bachelor of Science (Hons)

Q Location

- The Wellness Centre, 76 Cook Street, Howick
- Online counselling/coaching/consulting also available using Zoom/Skype etc

Q Appointments

- Daytime appointments are available Monday-Wednesday face to face or online
- Evenings available on request - online only

Q Fees

- Sessions are 60 minutes
- Cost per session is $120

Q Payment options

- Cash, Paypal or internet banking are accepted.
- Payments to be made prior to counselling/coaching session.

Q Cancellations

- For cancellations/reschedules: a minimum notice period of 24 hours before appointments is needed to avoid $25 room hire charge

Q Ethics

As a full member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) I work under the New Zealand Association of Counsellors Code of Ethics.

Q Confidentiality

All counselling and coaching is confidential. This means that I do not share your information with family, friends, schools, workplaces etc.

There is an exception, however, whereby the circle of confidentiality may be widened if there is imminent risk of danger to yourself or someone you know. Please note that I will work collaboratively with you to ensure safety is maintained which may include the need for including external agencies for appropriate support.