Sharon du Preez

Take Charge Counselling

I am married with two adult children. I was born in South Africa, immigrated to NZ in 2008 and lived in Wellington until 2017, when we moved to Blenheim.


Areas of Special Interest

I have a particular interest in working with children under 10, but also work with adults and couples. I use a solution focussed approach, enjoy using personality types to help people understand themselves and others and I also use CBT.


Counselling Services

I offer neuro-relational child centred play therapy, CBT and TF-CBT for children aged 3-11.  I have a fully equipped play-room for this work.  I also work with parents/caregivers, either in counselling sessions or in groups that I run, from time to time.

I work with individual adults and couples both privately and funded through the Benestar or Ignite Aotearoa EAP’s.


Counselling Approach

I have a very solution focussed approach naturally. I prefer not to focus a whole lot on the past and the why of where we are at but rather on the future and the “what are we going to do about it”. While I acknowledge that sometimes discussion about past events is important, my focus generally lies on finding a way forward because we can’t change the past, but we can influence the future. To this end, I use CBT based techniques as well as solution focussed therapy techniques, tend to keep things quite goal directed and focus on giving clients tools so that they can help themselves.

When working with children, my approach is through play.  This is a child’s natural way of expressing themselves so whether I am using play therapy or CBT, play is the main vehicle and talking comes second.  Play therapy is a very gentle way of working with children and, for the most part, they really enjoy it >> find out more


About Me

Most of my clinical practice has taken place in New Zealand with clients in person. I have worked in a counselling chatroom for a few years and also done counselling via instant messaging and video calling. I have also worked via email. I regularly attend supervision and believe in lifelong learning so I am always either reading a book, attending a course or doing some sort of research. I have years of reading and research into personality types and have developed a significant understanding of that as well. I also had training in the development of resilience and co-wrote a course for kids in schools. I also wrote a parenting for resilience course and have presented that to groups.



Q Registrations and Memberships

- Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (ProvMNZAC)

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor of Arts (Health and Social Sciences with specialisation in Psychological Counselling)
- Diploma in Life Coaching
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Certificate in TF-CBT
- Certificate in Neuro-relational Child Centred Play Therapy

Q Appointments

Appointments currently available on weekdays during standard office hours.

Q Fees

- $80 per one hour session
- I can obtain some funding through Gumboot Friday for children (I am Hope)
- some clients may be funded through the Benestar or Ignite Aotearoa EAP’s.
- fees can be paid by Cash, Eftpos, credit and debit cards
- Online clients will be invoiced and can pay online