Rebecca Gouldhurst

Wellbeing Counsellor

 

Adorn the bird with feathers and it will fly.

 

Counselling is a supportive, caring place, for anyone who wants a safe and confidential place to talk about any issues, where you can unburden yourself and find new ways to live the life you want. Giving you the skills and know how to manage the ups and downs of life. Embracing your uniqueness.

 

Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Grief
  • Loss
  • Loneliness
  • Anger
  • Relationships
  • Gender issues
  • Trauma
  • New directions
  • Self confidence
  • Sexuality
  • Sexual abuse
  • Spiritual concerns
  • Life changes

 

Counselling/Therapy Services

I welcome people of all cultures, religions and gender orientations.

Counselling is about looking at your life with the support and care of another person. It is for anyone who wants a safe and confidential place to talk about any issue, big or small. Whether it’s something specific you want to change, unresolved past issues, or things just don’t feel right and you don’t feel happy. Working together we can establish strategies to resolve health issues, overcome stress and emotional hurdles, using simple and practical methods. Focusing on your thoughts, feelings, and energy to help you achieve good health.

Coping strategies can turn into habits which may manifest in distressing ways such as relationship difficulties, addictions and mental health issues. Within the counselling relationship we can explore intentional choices that best serve your life and relationships, so you can come to terms with your past. Allowing better understanding and minimising how it impacts you now. You can become a more resilient and authentic person, learning self-compassion, new life skills, positive ways of thinking and being, ways to enjoy your life, and develop good self-esteem.

 

What is walking and talking therapy?

Talking without the constraints of being inside can lead to easier conversation. It can be more comfortable to talk through your situation while walking. And it’s very grounding to be in the open air, while setting your own walking pace.  Research has shown that walking in nature can help reduce depression and anxiety. After walking in a “green” space, 71% of people experienced decreased depression and were less tense, while 90% felt their self-esteem had increased after a walk.

 

Nature Therapy

Spending time in nature helps regulate our nervous and immune systems. It promotes mindfulness and feelings of gratitude. The calm of nature, slows you down and can sooth the unrest of the mind, promoting deep breathing, enjoying the simplicity of nature. Exercising releases feel-good hormones reducing stress, depression and anxiety. Combine these powerful positive influences, while being guided by your Counsellor. Nature therapy provides a calming effect on the mind and body. It reduces the feelings of fatigue and stress and contributes to a safe emotional and spiritual space for you to explore your situation.

 

Counselling/Therapy Approach

Guided by your pace I work flexibly, drawing on a range of modalities depending on your needs.

We often have limitations within us, which prevent us from being our natural aliveness. Counselling seeks to bring to awareness the nature of these blocks and how they may be dissolved so that our whole self may emerge as an ally as we move through life. As a team we would work through emotionally charged material and support you to fully integrate your life experiences, this may include increasing your awareness of unconscious factors that may be influencing your life, including past hurts, overcoming stresses and emotional hurdles. Giving you opportunities to work through that which has been unfinished or stuck and to make the life you want.

 

Background and Experience

I have being practicing as a Naturopath, Counsellor and Gestalt Therapist for over 25 years in private practice, organisations and groups.

Having practiced as a Naturopath for some time, I realized that mental health was such an integral part of the process moving towards well-being. This inspired me to study Gestalt Psychotherapy to deepen my understanding of human behaviour. Now armed with life’s experiences and trained in these areas, I am able to offer support and guidance for you to get to know yourself better, resolve issues, find peace, and make changes in your life. It is well worth the effort to becoming a happier, healthier person.

 

FAQs

Q Registrations and Memberships

- Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (ProvMNZAC)
- Gestalt Australia New Zealand (GANZ)

Q Qualifications

- Masters of Gestalt Psychotherapy
- Diploma Counselling
- Diploma Naturopathy
- Diploma Nutrition

Q Appointments

Available during the day and some evenings.

Q Fees

- Individual 1hr $120
- Couples 1.5.hrs $220
- Families 1.5.hrs $240
- Groups 1-3hrs $450 -$950

Q Payment Options

Fees are payable on the day of the appointment by Cash or Internet Banking.