Fiona McDonald


I offer counselling for adults and young people looking for professional, inclusive, sensitive support with a range of life challenges and experiences.

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.
– Indian Proverb

Areas of Special Interest

  • self-esteem
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • grief and loss
  • trauma and abuse
  • unwanted or confusing sexual experiences
  • relationship issues
  • identity

Counselling Services

When people seek counselling support it may be because things aren’t going as well as they hoped and/or they need support beyond what they feel they can manage on their own. I aim to provide a safe and comfortable counselling space, to work at your pace and check in regularly to make sure the counselling work is useful, makes sense and fits for you.

In our work together I hope you will be able to find confidence and connection, a deeper understanding and appreciation of yourself, your skills and an increased sense of ability to be with life as it unfolds.

On occasion it may be helpful to access other services alongside your counselling. I am happy to facilitate referrals and to work with people engaged with other professionals for their optimum care and with consent.

My practice is LGBTQIA friendly, I am tangata tiriti and continue to work at being a committed treaty partner in my work and life.

Counselling Approach

My counselling practice is underpinned by principles of Narrative therapy, trauma informed practice and theory and is person-centred. I provide psychoeducation regarding trauma where appropriate and draw from Arts Therapy, CBT, DBT and sensorimotor approaches.

Background and Experience

I worked as a social worker/advocate in the field of Family Harm from 2002-2008 before joining HELP Auckland in 2008, a leading service in sexual abuse care. During my years with HELP as a counsellor, I provided crisis support for adults and adolescents and both short and long-term counselling for young people aged 13 years+. I continued my passion for trauma informed counselling in 2016 in Inverness, Scotland with the then newly formed Rape and Sexual Abuse Service Highland. I have experience in sexual harm prevention work and have experience in brief intervention telephone counselling.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (ProvMNZAC)
- ACC Registered Counsellor

Q Qualifications

- Master of Arts (in Arts Therapy non-clinical)
- Bachelor of Social Practice (Counselling)
- Diploma in Social Work and Community Development
- Certificate in Supervision Skills for Health and Social Service Professionals

Q Appointments

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday both in Taupō or online via Whatsapp (nationwide).

Q Fees

- $115 per 60 minute session including gst.
- GUMBOOT FRIDAY funding available (15yrs-25yrs)
- WINZ support accepted.
- ACC approved for Sensitive Claims.
- Benestar work place counselling.

Q Payment Options

Internet banking on the day of session.

Q Cancellations

- No charge for cancellation with 24 hrs notice
- ½ session fee charged for cancellation/DNA less than 24 hours’ notice.