Paul Jacobson

Experienced counsellor - new possibilities and improved wellbeing.

Our lives are punctuated by a series of small and large losses, how we hold or let go of these determines our future. Through the counselling relationship we learn what to discard and what to take forward for optimum wellbeing.

Change is possible at any time, and indeed is the nature of all interactions and situations. The will to affect change and follow it through is the key to successfully moving through blockages and problems in our lives. Counselling is a way to empower this will through dialogue and emotional shifts stimulated by the uncovering of new possibilities. Through the process of counselling our perspective of problems loosens and becomes more pliable. All situations are dependent on perspective, when we can change a damaging perspective to a more free and enabling one, we can move on.

I work from the premise that we all have our own inner wisdom and knowledge which can be brought to the surface through the counselling process. My job is to work with you to intergrate trust, respect, power and humour into a whole, bringing openness to change and a lighter view to the often heavy thinking which can dominate our lives.


Areas of Specialty

  • grief, loss, bereavement
  • anger
  • depression
  • self esteem
  • anxiety
  • life blockages
  • home/workplace stress
  • young men’s identity struggles


Theoretical Approaches

I am fully committed to working with clients to reach their potential through a cooperative momentum once a relationship is established. I work from a foundation of person centered, solution focused therapy and employ mindfulness meditation, nature/eco therapy, focusing, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural (CBT) and existential therapy depending on client preference. I have trained in reiki healing which some clients find very useful when used in conjunction with counselling as a way of integrating new knowledge.


About Paul

I have worked as a counsellor since 2006, at the Wellington Peoples Centre, Hutt Valley High School, Mary Potter Hospice, Conversations Counseling, and as an independent operator for a number of years.

Before this time I have had a wide variety of employment/vocations in different positions which I believe has given me a good understanding of peoples different natures and challenges.



Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor of Counselling
- Certificate of Social and Community Work

Q Fees

- $90 per hour means dependent, fees can be negotiated if full payment is not an easy option.
- I am a WINZ registered provider also.
- Fees to be paid on the day of counselling either by internet banking, cash or direct credit. Variations to this can be negotiated on an individual basis.

Q Client Confidentiality

As a client you are protected by my Membership of the NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC). I am bound by it’s Code of Ethics and disciplinary procedures. You are also protected by the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumer Rights. This requires appropriate ethical standards, and protection of privacy, independence, respect and dignity.

All contact between client and counsellor is confidential. Within this confidentiality counsellors report to supervisors regularly for safety reasons but client details are always anonymous. If as a counsellor I have serious concern for the safety of the client or others close to the client I am obliged to inform the client of this with the possibility of limited information being disclosed to other parties.

Q Locations

- Room 109, 1st Floor, Whanganui Community House, 60 Ridgway Street, Whanganui
- Online counselling available via Skype and WhatsApp.