Maria Simon

Heartspeak Counselling

When you feel lost or have come to a stand still,
Speaking from your Heart, from that deep place where your real self lies,
can shine a light giving you clarity to see the way forward.
I will walk beside you in this place until you reach your desired destination.


Areas of Special Interest

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • anger management
  • abuse
  • relationships
  • loss and grief
  • stress
  • past trauma
  • life transitions
  • goal setting
  • self control
  • self esteem
  • motivation
  • understanding self


Counselling/Therapy Services

I bring a wealth of life experience and professional training, to help you through your difficulties. In the counselling session you can talk about and explore any problems you are experiencing that impact you in a negative way. I will listen, hear you and assist you to gain clarity on the specific issues you bring along. I will support you in a process to explore and understand your needs or what you want to change and ‘how’ you may make those positive changes that you choose.

I can help you to identify your own personal resources and capabilities, which are sometimes lost or buried in times of confusion and anxiety. During a difficult issue or crisis, you will be empowered to not only cope but to do so in a way that produces learning for the future, so you can feel more in charge of your life.

At all times I will provide you with a caring, non-judgmental, safe and confidential environment to work through the counselling process. I do not make your decisions for you, you do. No opinions or judgements will be imposed upon you and throughout this process, you will be respected, encouraged and supported.


Counselling/Therapy Approach

I work from a Person Centered approach, which means that each client is treated as a unique individual. Counselling methods that I draw from in my practice are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution Focussed Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Behaviour Therapy. I draw from a combination of methods that best suits you and your needs.


Background and Experience

Before becoming a counsellor, I worked for 25 years in banking & finance, sales & marketing and office management roles. Then whilst making a career transition worked in mental health as a support worker whilst I was studying for my counselling qualifications. I had always had a curiosity and passion for emotional wellness which may in part be due to my own life experiences. Empowering you to make positive changes, empowers me to do the work that I love to do!



Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)

Q Qualifications

- Diploma Counselling
- Group Facilitator – Anger Management
- Counselling Education Tutor

Q Appointments

- BIRKENHEAD: Monday 8am to 6.30pm

Wednesday & Thursday 7.30am – 6.30pm
Friday 8am – 2.30pm

Q Fees

The session fee is for an hour long consultation is:
- Individual session $140
- Couple Session $190
- fees can be paid by Cash or direct credit on the day of the session

Q Cancellations

Notification to cancel an appointment is required at least 24 hours prior to the appointment. If notification is not received a $50 fee will apply.

Q Funding for Counselling

Your doctor may be able to apply for some funded sessions via the District Health Board. Often you can receive 2-6 sessions , just ask your Doctor.

All depending on your circumstances, WINZ may be able to approve up to 10 funded counselling sessions for you, ask your Doctor in the first instance.

Q Confidentiality

Client confidentiality is kept at the highest priority. What is spoken about in the session is private between the counsellor and the client, however in certain circumstances there are limitations to confidentiality.

The circumstances are:
- If the client’s safety or the safety of others is at risk;
- If client information is requested for legal purposes by a court of law;
- All counsellors must undertake professional clinical supervision with independent supervisors who are also bound by confidentiality. At these sessions, client cases are discussed but no name is mentioned.

Q Locations

- Hineomoa House, 184 Hinemoa Street, Level 1 Suit 15, Birkenhead, North Shore, Auckland
- 35 Hobson Street, The Heritage Hotel, Auckland Central
- Online via Zoom

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