Shiranthi Fonseka

Porirua Talk Therapy

 

As a counsellor, I provide a safe space to express yourself, acknowledge your feelings and thoughts and gain some clarity on your situation. Together we will find ways to move forwards in your life, in a way that is right for you as an individual.

 

Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety
  • Coping with change
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Identity
  • Stress
  • Women’s issues

 

Counselling Services

I am passionate about my work as a counsellor. I pay particular attention to the relationship between myself and my clients, with warmth and professionalism. I work hard to connect with my clients and provide a safe and supportive environment for you.

I communicate clearly and directly to check that I understand my clients’ perspectives. I welcome feedback at all stages to ensure that I am working in a way that is respectful and helpful.

I am Sri Lankan and was born and raised in Aotearoa New Zealand. My lived experience of being an ethnic minority in this country is something which enhances my practice. I am welcoming of clients of all backgrounds and identities.

 

Counselling Approach

Central to the way I work is a belief that each person I meet with will have different needs and perspectives and it is my job to get to know who you are and work in a way that suits you.

I use a client centered approach to talk therapy and incorporate a variety of modalities, which include narrative therapy, solution focused and small figure work.

 

Background and Experience

I have been working as a counsellor since 2011 and am experienced in working with clients exploring issues around identity, grief and loss, relationships, anxiety and depression. Much of my experience has been with youth and tertiary students. I currently work part-time with students at Whitireia through Vitae, Little Shadow (an NGO working with parents experiencing perinatal distress) and provide EAP counselling through Benestar.

FAQs

Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member, Registered with NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)

Q Qualifications

- Master of Counselling (Distinction)
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons, Sociology)
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology)

Q Location

Porirua Chamber of Commerce Business Hub
Level 2, BNZ Tower
14 Hartham Place North
Porirua 5022

Online counselling available.

Transport and Parking
My practice is located adjacent to Cobham Court where there is free 90 minute parking.

Q Appointments

Monday and Tuesday: 9.30-10.20, 11.00-11.50, 13.00-13.50pm (Face to face or via Zoom)

Q Fees

$85 per hour for a 50 minute session.

Q Payment Options

Payment by internet banking within 1 week of our appointment. I will provide my details to you via email.