Emma Francis

Counsellor/Therapist working with Women

 

Starting counseling can be scary. I provide a safe place to express and explore thoughts and feelings, past and present, with support and without judgment. I have 12 years counseling/therapy experience helping women live more satisfying lives. I look forward to hearing from to you.

 

I work with women and specialise in:

  • self-esteem
  • self-awareness
  • body image
  • eating disorders
  • depression
  • stress
  • life changes
  • personal development
  • health issues

 

What is counselling?

Counselling is for anyone who wants a safe, confidential, accepting place to talk about any issue, big or small. Some people come with something specific they want to change, some with unresolved past issues, and others because things just don’t feel right, or they don’t feel happy.

I work alongside clients – with kindness and without judgment – helping them know themselves better, resolve issues, find peace, and make changes in their lives.

I can help you explore and come to terms with your past, understanding and minimising how it impacts on you now. As you become clearer you can move towards where you want to be. You can become a stronger and more authentic person. I will help you learn self-compassion, new life skills, more helpful ways of thinking and being, ways to enjoy your life, and develop good self-esteem.

Counselling is also about a relationship between two people which in its support, understanding, encouragement and acceptance can be healing.

People often feel nervous seeing a counsellor. That is natural. You are talking about often vulnerable things with someone you don’t know. Counselling can be both a challenging and rewarding experience. I will make it as safe and comfortable as possible.

 

How do I work?

​I work flexibly, drawing on a range of modalities (client centered, psychodynamic, mindfulness, interactive drawing therapy), depending on a client’s needs. I work collaboratively with clients, making sure that they feel in control of the process.

I believe in working with all parts of a person – their thoughts, emotions, body, and spirit. I also help people to see their issues in the context of their environment, and help them make any positive changes they can.

 

My Experience

  • 4 years in private practice
  • 8 years as a therapist at the Eating Disorder Services
  • 3 years co-facilitating a support group for women with depression
  • 2 years running life skills groups for people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness

FAQs

Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor of Counselling Applied
- Certificate in Interactive Drawing Therapy

Q Appointments

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Q How much does it cost?

- $130 for the first appointment (1 1/2 hours)
- $95 for follow on appointments (1 hour)

- payment can be made by cash, personal cheques, internet banking.

Q Is it confidential?

When you come to see me what you say will stay with me. The only exceptions are when I need to discuss something confidentially in supervision, or if I am worried about your safety. We will discuss this more when we meet.