Jennifer D’Costa

Counsellor & Supervisor

 

Resolve the things that are hindering your well-being and find a new kind of freedom in your life.

 

How I Work

My approach as a counsellor is transparent, honest and non-judgemental. You will be heard, understood and supported as you resolve the issues that are impacting your self–worth and well-being.

Counselling is a holistic way of looking at yourself. It gives us the opportunity to talk to an unbiased person who has the skills to help us find a way forward. When we carry unresolved issues they can impact on every aspect of our lives – relationships, work and physical health. Resolving issues gives people a wonderful sense of being free and the ability to let go and move forward.

 

Who I work with

I work with children, young people, adults, couples and families.

I have often worked with people who for reasons of ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation have experiences of being different within their community or culture. I embrace differences and my practice is LGBTI friendly.

 

I have helped people with

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • grief and loss
  • family dynamics
  • migrant issues
  • identity
  • relationships
  • conflict resolution
  • goal setting
  • communication
  • addictions
  • mental health issues

 

Counselling methods I use

I use a range of counselling approaches which include client centered approach cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT),Transactional Analysis (TA) and Motivational Interviewing(MI).

I also work well with couple therapy approaches like EFT and Gottman Method that support couple’s in their journey of a healthy and functional relationship.

I enjoy working with family therapy approaches which recognise that people live in a community, with many connections. Good therapy acknowledges those connections, and helps people to heal them or make new ones.

 

Clinical & Cultural Supervision

I enjoy providing clinical supervision and cultural supervision to counsellors and health professionals. I am very transparent and open in my communication with my supervisees. I keep confidentiality well and hold very clear boundaries to support the supervision process. Supervisees say they find me supportive, fair, and honest and open to discuss a variety of supervision issues. I am skilled at matching the supervisory process to meet the particular needs of the supervisee and their level of experience. At various times this can mean I may be providing guidance, mentoring, support, theoretical knowledge, skills development, ethical inquiry, or robust conversation with a peer.

 

About Jennifer

Since coming to New Zealand 18 years ago I have worked as a Clinical Supervisor, Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, Methadone Case Manager, and Residential Support Worker. Before coming to NZ I practised as Counselling Psychologist providing Student Guidance Counsellor for 4 years in Mumbai and also was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Applied Psychology University of Mumbai, India. Overall I have worked in the Addiction and Counselling field for the past 23 years.

 

FAQs

Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member of the NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
- Registered Member and Supervisor with the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Practitioner Member Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa-NZ
- Registered Supervisor with Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa-NZ

Q Qualifications

- Masters of Arts (Psychology)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Guidance
- Bachelors of Arts (Psychology)
- National Certificate in Mental Health

Q Locations

- Highland Park, Auckland
- Burswood, Auckland
- Online and phone counselling available

Q Fees & Payment

- Individuals: $150 per 1 hour session
- Couples: $180 for 1 hour session
- Families: $200 for 1.5 hour session

- Payment can be made by cash or bank transfer at time of session.