Aysha Aspinall

Counsellor

We are always more than the echoes of our past. We are also our values and the choices we make about the types of lives we want to live forwards.

Areas of Special Interest

I have counselled persons for anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life changes, sexuality, abuse and trauma, navigating disabilities and chronic illnesses, existential concerns and more. I have a special interest in creative processes and dreams.

Counselling Services

Often people come to counselling because they need someone to bear witness to their journey. You may simply need the space to be you and be heard.

In counselling we work together to explore issues, to increase self-awareness, and to clarify what you want and need. Once you have that awareness, it becomes a question of what’s getting in your way, and what are you willing to do, to get to where you want to be, in order to love your life.

Healing the hurts may be about relieving distress, problem dissolving, making practical changes in the fabric of your life, or it may be about developing a better relationship with yourself or others. I will provide the space for you to heal. What that looks like depends on who you are, what you need, and what we make together.

What I cherish in my work as a Counsellor is the discovery of both our common and our unique humanity. It is a privilege to experience the moments of magic where something just clicks, where together you feel that shift, words become elusive and understanding takes over. Counselling will be a flexible space where you can find comfort, acceptance and solace.

I look forward to meeting you, and supporting you with your healing journey.

Counselling Approach

I am informed by a person-centered, dialogical and experiential orientation. This means that your understandings will contain the core of your healing. Dialogical means we are together in conversation, and this togetherness, this in-between space, can be creative and healing. Experiential therapies prioritise experiencing, feeling and being in the here and now, rather than only thinking or describing.

You may also want something practical and pragmatic. You are the leader and we will explore what you need. These are some of the counselling approaches that ebb and flow through my practice.

  • Person-centered
  • Gestalt
  • Focusing Oriented
  • Collaborative Language Systems
  • Solution Focused
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Narrative

About Me

I came into this field via my studies in Psychology, specifically Critical, Community and Environmental Psychology. These focus on the context around us, and how the environment acts upon us, and we are part of it, in a reciprocal way. With this understanding, and a Counselling Diploma, I nestled into becoming a Counsellor, and I have loved every moment of it.

I have worked as a Telephone Counsellor for Lifeline Aotearoa, and on the National Depression Initiative. I volunteered as a Counsellor at the Antara Free Natural Health Clinic. I have worked as a Clinical Supervisor for a crisis service, delivered online and based in the UK. I currently see clients throughout Auckland.

FAQs

Q Registrations and Memberships

Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (ProvMNZAC)

Q Qualifications

- New Zealand Certificate in Creativity
- Diploma of Professional Counselling
- Masters of Arts (Psychology)
- Bachelors of Arts (Psychology)

Q Appointments

- Day-time and evening sessions available (please enquire about weekend sessions if needed).

Q Fees

- Fees are $90 per session (negotiable).
- WINZ funded clients welcome (no surcharge).
- First session discounts apply.

Q Payment Options

Cash or Internet Banking