Elaine Driver

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I work full time from two locations in central Auckland and North Shore. I am an experienced counsellor master degree qualified child and adolescent counsellor with a background in teaching psychology.  As well as counselling I facilitate parenting courses, social skills training and Lego therapy for children and young people. 

I specialise in working with young people managing their anxiety using a CBT approach. I work alongside young women struggling with issues relating to self esteem, body image, relationships and perfectionism. In this work, I always provide workable strategies to bring about emotional regulation. I have recently qualified in Sand-Tray Therapy and will be offering this in both practices for those children and young people who find it difficult to talk directly about their feelings.


Areas of Special Interest

I specialise in working with children and adolescents. Specifically presenting with issues relating to anxiety and emotional dysregulation. I am trained in sand-tray therapy which is helpful in facilitating engagement and solution focused work with clients who are reluctant to talk directly about their thoughts, feelings and problems. This is particularly effective when working with younger children.


Counselling Services

I specialise in working with young people and their families. Engaging families in the counselling is extremely effective in bringing changes for the whole family.

I am a counsellor because there is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone discover their potential to live a life that is not based upon anxiety and fear.

Many young people face difficult challenges in our fast paced, social media focused world. Helping young people manage these challenges by equipping them with strategies to the face, as well as, handle these pressures, so that they can engage more positively with life, is what I do best.


Counselling Approach

My counselling apporach is eclectic as I am guided by clients needs.
I draw upon a range of approaches including:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Focussed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT)
  • Sandtray therapy
  • Lego based therapy


Background and Experience

  • I have extensive teaching and Psychology background (over 20 years)
  • I am a schools guidance counsellor (part-time)
  • A facilitator for parenting workshops and exam ‘de’ stress workshops


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Association for Family and Systemic Practice (AFT)
- Fully Registered Teacher (NZ)
- Member of Positive Psychology (NZAPP)

Q Qualifications

- Masters in Counselling (University of Auckland)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Massey University
- Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching (University of Waikato)
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Psychology - University of Lancaster (UK)

Q Testimonials

"Elaine possesses a unique and highly sophisticated sense of understanding and empathy which she constantly applies in and out of sessions with her clients. Consequently, Elaine is never shy of her end goal of finding a resolution for her clients' troubles as well as ultimately teaching them to do this for themselves, which I believe for some it would be one of the most important outcomes. Elaine clearly has a deep-rooted passion for putting others before her, this coupled with her extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of many important topics makes it easy for her to work effectively with people from all walks of life. Because of Elaine's honest sense of humility, she goes above and beyond to help those in need, often re-arranging her personal life in order to benefit her clients' needs. Elaine is a truly inspirational human with a heart of gold and anyone who she stumbles across is lucky to have her at their side through their journey."
- Adolescent Testimonial

"Elaine's skills and expertise provide safe, invaluable, support to my Son and I while we navigate the challenges of single parenthood through teen and early adulthood. She offers practical and balanced support in addressing the anxieties of modern youth."
- Family Testimonial

"Elaine is a very approachable and empathic counsellor who I instantly felt at ease with. She listens carefully, is very supportive and provides constructive, helpful advice which enabled me to make progress in different areas."
- Individual Testimonial

Q Appointments

I am flexible with regards days and time (including evenings).

Q Payment Options

Online banking or invoice.