Iain Thomson

Insight Therapy - Counselling and Supervision

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WELCOME

Hi, I’m Iain. I am an experienced and creative professional counsellor, therapist and clinical supervisor based in Bucklands Beach in East Auckland and Online.

I have over 16 years experience as a counsellor working with people from diverse backgrounds across a wide range of human issues and experiences. I have held senior clinical roles in a range of contexts including mental health, violence prevention, family support agencies and have worked as the Head of counselling department in a large co-ed secondary school. I am an experienced group facilitator and trainer and have supervised counsellors in training and experienced clinicians.

Over this time as both a provider and client myself, I have come to know that effective therapy will support you to build the capacities you need to live more expansively in the present – resulting in increased personal wellbeing, connection to self and others, and a life that is manageable and meaningful.

I undertake ongoing professional development and training, attend regular clinical supervision, and work in accordance with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors Code of Ethics.

My practice is inclusive and minority friendly.

 

SERVICES I OFFER

My approach fosters a supportive therapeutic relationship to enable clients (and supervisees) to build on existing strengths and capacities, explore challenges and vulnerabilities, and guide further growth and development:

 

COUNSELLING AND THERAPY

I work with adults and adolescents across a wide range of issues and experiences including trauma, abuse, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, and concerns around spirituality, identity and life direction or transitions. I offer both short-term counselling to address current concerns and longer-term therapy to address underlying issues such as trauma or life-long patterns of behaviour. I am ACC registered to provide sensitive claims therapy for sexual abuse.

My practice is ‘relational’ in that it first supports connection and utilizes the relationship to build understanding and awareness, and facilitate exploration and change: Through a supportive and collaborative working alliance, I help people to clarify their experience and navigate challenges. I employ an ‘Integrative’ therapeutic approach with a humanistic/person-centred base. This means fostering a high-quality relationship where people feel safe to bring forward their concerns and vulnerabilities to guide exploration. It also involves being responsive to the whole person and their context. I also incorporate psychodynamic, family systems, behavioural/skills-focused and somatic/body-based approaches according to the needs of the individual and depending on the duration of therapy.

Research consistently shows the ‘therapeutic relationship’ to be the key determinant in achieving good outcomes in counselling and therapy. Because of the importance of the ‘fit’ between us, and because the nature and process of therapy can take time to understand, I usually suggest a limited number of sessions as a starting point and I welcome an initial conversation by phone. Feel free to get in touch.

 

SUPERVISION FOR PROFESSIONALS

I supervise counsellors, therapists and health professionals (at all stages in their professional development) who provide therapeutic services in agencies, schools, mental health settings and private practice.

​I foster a collaborative approach to developing clinical practice and professional growth, building on the supervisee’s existing strengths, experience, and capacities. This will be guided by, and tailored to, each individual supervisee.

Consistent with my therapeutic approach, the relationship is central as a basis for the process both in terms of clinical exploration but also practitioner development. This means that I am also an active participant in the process and will provide supportive and genuine feedback.

I believe that supervision (like therapy) should consider people’s context and environment and I look to facilitate supervisee’s awareness of unconscious dynamics that may be present in clinic work and organizational settings/relationships.

Supporting increasingly acute and complex needs is challenging work. I believe effective and supportive supervision is essential as our primary professional resource.

 

PRACTICE LOCATIONS

As pictured (view gallery), multiple options are available during this time of COVID-19 to connect safely: Indoor consulting room, outdoor room, or online platforms. Please feel free to discuss with me what feels safe and comfortable for you.

FAQs

Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- ACC registered (Sensitive Claims)
- Associate Member - Waka Oranga

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor in Applied Social Sciences (Counselling)
- Diploma in Counselling

Q Pricing and Sessions

- Sessions are one-hour long and cost $130 (including GST).
- I provide a sliding scale in cases of financial hardship and include a reduced rate for student supervisees.
- ACC sensitive claims (sexual abuse) counselling is fully funded (free).

Q Payment options

Payments can be made by cash or direct debit/internet banking (details provided at appointment). I provide GST invoices and receipts if required.

Q Cancellations

I require 48 hours’ notice for any cancellation, otherwise the full fee will be charged; this also applies to any sessions that are missed. Allowances are made for emergency situations, such as illness.

Q Parking

Private parking is provide (off street) at the Practice.