You want to be happy and live free from fear, uncertainty, stress, anxiety and depression. You don’t want to suffer anymore. You want a new way of living that is energising and fulfilling. You want to let go of what is holding you back and be your most authentic and compassionate self. It takes tremendous courage to let go of the past and imagine a different future for yourself.
Hey! My name is Ben Burggraaf and I am a Master-qualified Counsellor who believes mental health is wealth. My job is to help you take back your control. In counselling, you’ll talk and I’ll patiently listen with compassion. We’ll explore what’s causing your problems and talk about new strategies to overcome them. Instead of fixating on your faults, you will learn how to be your most authentic and compassionate self. You’ll start to achieve your goals and live a fulfilling life that works for you.
My clients tell me I am warm, friendly and helpful. I’m confident in helping you find relief from anxiety, depression and “self-sabotaging” behaviours. I take a whole picture and whole person approach that is tailored to your individual needs and concerns. You are in the driver’s seat. I am simply the co-pilot here to help you achieve your goals.
My Master in Counselling focused in Narrative Therapy and I also draw inspiration from positive psychology, CBT, ACT and mindfulness based approaches.
I was born with life threatening food allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, shellfish and many other medications. From a young age I almost had to become a practical Counsellor because I had to make sense of my own suffering and turn it into something meaningful.
Before counselling I cut my teeth working in marketing and sales roles for companies including Microsoft, MediaWorks and Drake Recruitment until finally… the light bulb found the socket in counselling.
Fast forward to today and I am a Master-qualified Counsellor who loves what he does. In my private practice I work with youth, individuals and couples. Before my private practice, I worked as a Counsellor for two years at two local schools here in Mount Maunganui. Living in Mount Maunganui, I love surfing, spending time in nature with my partner and I hands down make New Zealand’s best homemade potato hash browns.
If I sound like the sort of person you could see yourself talking to, then call me at 022 424 9200 or visit www.chatwithben.co.nz to book a free 20 minute discovery call today.