Dr Virginia Maskill



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I am an experienced counsellor who offers confidential, non-judgemental, individual and couples counselling, clinical supervision and NZ Traffic Authority Assessments. My aim will be to help you find the solutions that are right for you, in a supportive, collaborative way. As there is no ‘one size fits all’, our work together will take into consideration your personality, your goals and past life experiences. Together, these will help to formulate a plan that will identify strategies that will enable you to move forward and overcome the difficulties you are experiencing.

Background & Experience

I have more than 25 years of counselling experience. I am also a registered nurse with more than 35 years experience and have worked in various hospital and community settings as a registered nurse or a Paramedic. Settings included medicine, physical rehabilitation, and acute emergency medicine. I also worked for seven years as a counsellor and as a detoxification nurse at a hospital alcohol and drug outpatient service.

In addition to my counselling practice, for the past 17 years I have had an academic appointment as a senior lecturer, and researcher with the University of Otago. My teaching and research interests are the treatment and self-management of long-term physical, mental health and substance use disorders, psychotherapy, and sociological approaches to illness and self-management practices. I have also been a member other health-related research studies conducted by the National Addiction Centre, Otago University, Canterbury University, and a collaborative study undertaken by Yale University and the University of Otago.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
- Practitioner Member of the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa-New Zealand (DAPAANZ)
- Registered Comprehensive Nurse (Nursing Council of New Zealand)
- Clinical Supervisor

Q Counselling Training and Academic Qualifications

Counselling Training:

I am trained in a variety of evidence-based therapy models including: - Emotionally Focused Therapy - Interpersonal Psychotherapy - Interpersonal Social Rhythms Therapy (an effective therapy working with people with bipolar affective disorder) - Solutions focused therapy - Motivational Interviewing - Brief Interventions

Academic Qualifications:

- PhD, University of Otago, New Zealand
- Masters in Health Sciences – with Credit (Mental Health) University of Otago, New Zealand
- Post-graduate Diploma in Health Sciences - with distinction (endorsed in Interpersonal Psychotherapy) University of Otago, New Zealand.
- Post-graduate Diploma in Health Sciences – with distinction (endorsed in Addictions & Co-existing Disorders) University of Otago, New Zealand.
- Bachelor of Nursing Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology, Nelson, New Zealand.
- Diploma of Nursing Nelson Polytechnic, Nelson, New Zealand

Q Appointments

Appointments available:
- Thursdays and Fridays.
- Late night sessions are available Mondays and Wednesdays.
- Saturday mornings - see booking site for times available

Please book an appointment on my online booking system by clicking the "BOOK ONLINE" button at the top of my Listing.

Q Fees & Session Times

- Individual Counselling: 50 minutes $150 (GST included)
- Couples or family counselling: 50 minutes $150 (GST included)
- Couples or family counselling: 80 minutes (recommended) $240 (GST included)
- Clinical Supervision: 50 minutes Fee: $150 (GST included)
- Alcohol and Other Drugs Assessment and Support 75 minutes Fee: $410.00 (GST included)
- NZTA License Assessments: 50 minutes Fee: Please contact Virginia.

Q Cancellations

If for any reason you are unable to make your scheduled appointment time please give me at least 24 hours notice of cancellation or payment of the full session fee will be required.

Q Clinical Supervision Training

- Supervision Training Course (2020) Facilitated by Michael Durrant, Psychologist, Director, Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney.

- Supervision Training for Supervisors (2010) Facilitated by Margaret Morrell, B.A. Hons., MANZASW.