Louisa Woods Counselling


Tūngia te ururua, kia tupu whakaritorito te tupu o te harakeke – Clear away the undergrowth so the new shoots of the harakeke can spring up.


I am a qualified, experienced counsellor with twenty years experience working with people in the education and health sectors both here in Aotearoa, and overseas. 

I can offer you a warm, safe, non-judgmental space so that you can explore your thoughts and feelings and examine the things in your life that have and are affecting you. By working in partnership, we can clear a path towards a more fulfilling rich life.

I enjoy working with people, and supporting them in whatever journey they may be on. I feel it is a great privilege to have people share their stories with me.


Things that I can support you with:

  • Behaviour Difficulties
  • Body image
  • Bullying
  • Communication
  • Conflict
  • Low mood/Depression
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Family Issues
  • Gender/Sexual Identity
  • Grief/Loss
  • Life Changes
  • Managing uncomfortable emotions such as shame, anger, grief, and fear.
  • Mental Health
  • Motivation/Goals
  • Parenting
  • Personal Growth
  • Pre/Post Natal Depression
  • Relationships
  • School Difficulties
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Trauma – as a result of abuse, traumatic events, etc
  • Women’s Issues


Counselling Approach

I believe that people are not problems. We all have problems or challenges at various points in our lives, but they do not define who we are. We are more than our hard stuff, more than our thoughts and feelings, more than anything that has happened in our life.

I also believe that people are born with enormous potential and retain the power, throughout their lives, to make choices and changes so they can live in a way that feels meaningful for them. We are the experts in our own lives, and we know best what a fulfilling life looks like for us. 

I am also committed to working in a way that is respectful and safe for people of all genders, sexualities, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. That is not about treating every client the same, but about learning about and respecting each client’s needs, ways of communicating and working, and adjusting the way I work to best suit them. We might be very different, but mutual respect and a willingness to listen and learn means we can work together effectively.

In my work with clients, I draw from a range of different theories, in particular Narrative Therapy, and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).


Q Qualifications and Training

- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
- Post Graduate Diploma Education (Guidance and Counselling)
- Master of Counselling 
- Narrative Therapy: Intensive Training - Dulwich Centre, Adelaide
- ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy): Introduction to ACT and ACT 

Q Professional Memberships

I have provisional membership with Te Roopu Kaiwhiriwhiri o Aotearoa/New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC), and my work is guided by the NZAC Code of Ethics.

Q Appointments

- One hour appointments available for rangatahi and adults, individuals or couples.
- In person, online, or phone appointments are possible.
- My standard office hours are 8.30am - 2.45pm Monday to Friday.
- Appointments (especially online sessions) may be possible outside of these times by arrangement.

Q Fees

- Individuals: $100
- Couples: $120