Natasha Lowe

Counsellor

 

Overall mental health and wellness support for young people and adults, including general and addiction counselling.

 

Areas of Special Interest

  • General counselling
  • Alcohol and/or other substance abuse problems
  • Addiction and disordered eating
  • Behavioural problems
  • Relationship and communication work
  • Anger concerns
  • Parent and whānau support
  • Lifestyle changes
  • General support and advocacy

 

Counselling Services

My style of counselling is holistic and collaborative, and I will tailor my approach, therapeutic intervention, frequency and number of sessions to suit depending on what your needs are. Part of my role is to help empower you to implement and maintain any changes you want to make.

I work in a client centred way which means getting to know a bit about you and what you would like support with, identifying specific goals you may have, before then helping support you to achieve this.

It is important to me to ensure that you are receiving the right support. If at any stage I feel that you may require additional or alternative support to help you achieve your goals, I will talk this through with you and can help facilitate onwards referrals if needed.

It is also important that you feel that you are heard and supported in a way that works for you. I encourage feedback so that together we can help ensure that you are getting your counselling and support needs met.

 

Counselling Approach

Client centred, holistic and trauma informed practice.
Whānau inclusive wherever possible and as appropriate.

 

Background and Experience

I have been working with people who have substance abuse issues, addiction problems and overall mental health and lifestyle concerns, for the past 9 years. I have experience working with adults, young people and their whānau.

My previous experience also includes working as a Team Leader and Clinical Manager for a community based addiction treatment provider, as the Clinical Lead Coordinator for a child and youth mental health and addiction service and as a Team Leader for a primary mental health and addiction service for adults and children aged 12+.

I have also had the privilege of working as part of a pilot programme for young people aged 18-25 who are experiencing distress, mental health and/or addiction concerns.

 

FAQs

Q Registrations and Memberships

- Practitioner Member of the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa-New Zealand (DAPAANZ)

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor of Alcohol and Drug studies
- Certificate in Gambling and Impulse Control
- Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Youth Work
- Certificate in Business
- Certificate in Supervisory Management

Q Appointments

- THE TERRACE: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 10am and 5pm. Wednesday by prior arrangement only.

- PETONE: Friday between 9.30am and 5pm.

- Please allow up to an hour and a half for your first appointment and an hour for subsequent sessions.

Q Fees

- First session: Koha
- Community service card/low income $65 per hour
- Under 18's: $65 per hour
- Everyone else: $90 per hour

- My rates are based on wanting to help eliminate barriers to accessing counselling and mental health support wherever possible.
Please note that low income rates are based on WINZ community service card income thresholds.

Q Payment Options

- Koha for first session
- Cash or internet banking