Val Leveson

Counselling & Therapy Services – Glenfield, Auckland


Experienced counsellor with strong personal integrity, genuine empathy for others and a commitment to maintaining high ethical standards.


Areas of Special Interest

  • loss and grief
  • trauma
  • workplace issues
  • life changes
  • relationship challenges
  • immigration / cultural issues
  • personal growth
  • goal setting
  • anxiety
  • depression


The destiny of every human being is decided by what goes on inside his skull when confronted by what goes on outside his skull.
– Eric Berne


Counselling Services

Sometimes we need someone to really listen and help us work through our problems and challenges with compassion and focus. I see counselling and therapy as walking beside someone for a while, helping them to change their lives or adapt to new circumstances. I’ve done my job when clients have learnt to feel confident and engaged well within themselves and with other people in their lives.
I have great respect for my clients’ cultural background and beliefs and am committed to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


Counselling Approach

I vary my approach to suit each client’s needs. Transactional Analysis (TA) is my main modality. I believe that one size does not fit all and therefore I tailor my work to an individual client’s needs in a person-centred way, always discussing the approach with the client as I strongly believe in counselling being a collaborative process. I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, visualisation, Mindfulness, Gestalt, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques in my work. I have also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and am continuing my training in this area.


Background and Experience

I have been counselling for 10 years and working with psychotherapy clients for the past four years as well.

Before that I worked as a journalist for a variety of publications around the world, in particular South Africa, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. The life experience, knowledge and multicultural perspectives I am able to bring to my work has helped me to understand the problems of a wide variety of clients.

Besides running my own private practice I do face-to-face counselling for Youthline and the Grief Centre. I run groups as well, often dealing with grief and loss, and have facilitated them for the Grief Centre, Child Cancer and Multiple Sclerosis, Auckland. I am currently working towards my CTA (Psychotherapy) – Certified Transactional Analyst.



Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Member of Aotearoa New Zealand Transactional Analysis Association (ANZTAA)
- ACC Registered Counsellor

Q Qualifications

- Master of Counselling (Hons)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Counselling)
- Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies

Q Location

416 Glenfield Road, Glenfield, Auckland

Online counselling available.

There is parking available for my clients in the building's carpark. The building is not far from Glenfield Mall, and is easy to access via bus or car.

Q Appointments

- Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am to 8pm
- Saturdays between 10am to 5pm

Q Fees

- I charge between $80 to $130 on a sliding scale, depending on what you can afford.
- ACC Sexual Abuse Counselling is ACC funded - so no charge.
- I am happy to help you to attain WINZ help to subsidise your therapy.

Q Payment Options

Cash, cheque, or online payments.