Lisa Chaplow

Supporting you on your journey to fuller wellbeing.


I offer a confidential, warm and non-judgmental space for you to share what’s going on for you. Here we can identify some ways to resolve current difficulties, or to navigate experiences from the past that may be holding you stuck from living your life freely.


Areas of Special Interest

I provide therapeutic support for individuals and couples experiencing difficulties including:

  • trauma including sexual abuse and violence
  • anger
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • parental overwhelm
  • life transitions
  • sexuality and gender identification


Counselling Services

My therapeutic approach is founded on being responsive to you as a whole person, drawing on your existing strengths and support, and being in tune with your needs and experiences. I believe in the human impulse toward growth and wellness, and don’t believe therapy is about “fixing” you.

Some of my central values are to live and work with kindness, compassion, curiosity and respect. I warmly welcome people from all cultures, backgrounds, identities and orientations. The trust and connection in the relationship between you and me is absolutely central to our therapy.

I approach therapy collaboratively and pluralistically. This means I don’t believe there’s one set way or method of counselling that is right for everyone, nor do I believe I have all the answers. I am drawn to warm, embodied, mindful and affirming ways of being in the counselling room. My training approach is fully supported by evidence and research, and integrates the body-mind connection.


Counselling Approach

I work with both individuals and couples, and have included information about the ways I work on my website.

I pride myself on my integrity and being a clear communicator. I am honest about my areas of expertise, and I will endeavour to find someone who can help you if I cannot.


Background and Experience

I work with individuals and couples in my private practice where I am experienced in working across a number of life challenges that my clients bring. I work with groups in my part time work at Jigsaw Whanganui where I facilitate group work with mothers experiencing overwhelm in their role as a parent.

My comprehensive and ongoing training in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy provides the foundation for the way I work as a therapist. Beyond reflective listening or problem solving, Hakomi is an experiential and body-centred psychotherapy. It is founded on the principle that the body serves as a resource that reflects and stores formative memories, and the core beliefs they have generated.



Q Registrations and Memberships

- Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (ProvMNZAC)
- Member of the New Zealand Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NZCEFT)

Q Qualifications

- Masters of Counselling (Massey University)
- Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy (3 year programme from the Hakomi Institute)
- Post-Graduate Diploma of Teaching: Primary (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
- Honours degree in Literature: New Zealand and Children’s fiction (Victoria University of Wellington)
- Bachelor of Arts (Victoria University of Wellington)

Q Languages

I am fluent in conversational Italian having lived in the Dolomites for a year, and then subsequently studied Italian university.

Q Appointments

- I have appointments available Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, with evening appointments on Thursdays from 5pm - 8pm.

- If these times don’t suit please get in touch to discuss your preferences; I am flexible where I can be.

Q Fees

- Individuals: $95 per 60 minute session
- Couples: $125 per 75 minute session

- Please contact me if funding is a barrier to you coming to counselling. I may be able to assist you with applying for funding through WINZ or other avenues.

Q Payment Options

Payment is either by bank deposit prior to our appointment, or cash on the day.