Sarah Jones Counselling

Addictions Specialist

Are you concerned about your own or someone else’s drug or alcohol use?

You don’t have to face this alone.  Sarah Jones can provide you with practical help and advice.

Sarah believe’s that the therapeutic relationship (the way you work together) is essential to a good outcome. She likes to work with you to build a relationship based on trust, honesty and mutual respect. She take a positive approach based on your strengths and aims to work at a pace that feels right for you. Her focus is to support you in improving well-being and resilience, and/or ease distress that may be getting in the way of you living a full and meaningful life. 


So what will happen?

A comprehensive assessment will be completed first. A quality assessment is the basis for matching the different treatment options available to the individual’s specific needs and circumstances. Treatment goals and follow-up support is tailored to meet the needs of each individual client, this can include:

  • Stress and Anxiety Management
  • Mindfulness — dealing with emotions
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy — challenging and reframing our thinking
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Goal Setting and Planning
  • An Abstinence Approach – completely avoiding a substance for an individuals lifetime can be taken or
  • A Harm Reduction approach – Developing practical strategies to reduce the negative consequences of substance misuse.

All approaches are evidence based and have been proven to be effective in the support of substance dependency.


About Sarah

I have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of drug and alcohol addictions, I started working with adolescents at Odyssey House at the age of 22. I then moved to CADS (Community of Alcohol & Drugs Services) to work as a Comprehensive Counsellor (involved with dual diagnosis). I moved to the UK in 2007 where I worked in addictions in Central London. I have been back in New Zealand now for a few years and have been working at a private addictions clinic.

On a personal note, I have been married now to my wonderful and very understanding husband for over 18 years. I am a mum to two primary school children. To complete the sometimes chaotic family life we added our beloved Cavoodle Bailey to the family just a few years ago. We love to go adventuring around our beautiful landscape of Aotearoa; bike riding, walking, boating and swimming. I am passionate about exercise and the benefits it has on the body and the mind. I enjoy all exercise from yoga to boxing and love the social aspect of exercising with a group of like minded people.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling
- ITEP Training - Node Link Mapping
- Certificate in Interactive Drawing Therapy