Valeska Campion

Counsellor

 

I embrace the opportunity to work with people, exploring and reflecting on issues, to bring about transformation and change in their lives. Together we work towards increased meaning, joy and purpose in one’s life and increasing fulfilment, passion and resilience in relationships.

 

Areas of Special Interest

  • relationships
  • loss
  • grief
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • trauma
  • abuse
  • anger management
  • addictions
  • life transitions
  • change
  • low self esteem

 

I provide workplace Employment Assistance Programme (EAP) through Vitae.

 

Couples Counselling

Counselling can enable healing at a time when the emotional connection between you both feels lost, after an affair has occurred, or when grief has impacted your relationship, such as the loss of someone close. Couples counselling can help you to resolve long-standing issues in your marriage or relationship, bring joy back into your life together, and increase intimacy. Emotionally Focused Therapy(EFT) has been found to be highly effective for couples and individuals experiencing relationship distress, and this is the method in which I am trained and practise.

 

Counselling for Individuals

There are times in everybody’s life where having someone to listen, support and suggest strategies and help you to understand both your behaviour and the behaviour of others can make the world of difference. Using psychodynamic therapy principles, Mindfulness, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), I prioritise the relationship between the client and the therapist, focusing on providing a safe and non-judgemental environment where people can explore their concerns. This provides the opportunity to gain new tools and understanding, in order to manage difficulties and make positive changes in your lives.

 

Counselling Approach

Using compassion, kindness, and sometimes humour, to facilitate this guided-discovery process, I focus on the whole self, lifestyle balance (using Te Whare Tapa Wha) and developing a person’s ability to cope, make new choices, and bring about change in their life. Prioritising the relationship between the client and the therapist, I prioritise providing a safe and non-judgemental environment where people can explore their concerns.

I have a warm, positive and affirmative approach designed to work with clients at their own pace in either short term or long term work. This provides the opportunity to gain new tools and understanding, in order to manage difficulties and make positive changes in their lives.

 

About Me

Since my counselling training over twenty years ago, I have worked in government agencies (including prisons), community organisations and my own private practice, honing my skills and knowledge through my work with clients, and regular supervision.

I completed my three-year training in psychotherapy with the Wellington Transactional Analysis Training Institute, and advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. I keep up to date with current research and trends by attending seminars and lectures by international experts.

Prior to counselling, I practised as an artist, specialising in ceramics and large sculptures. I created many Community Art projects where I shared my enthusiasm, knowledge and creativity with others.

 

FAQs

Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Member International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
- Member New Zealand Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NZCEFT)

Q Qualifications

- Diploma in Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Teaching

Q Location

Level 1
35-37 Victoria Street
Wellington CBD

Online counselling available.

Like most parts of Wellington city, finding a park can take time. Sometimes parks are available in the car park under the Library in Harris street.

Q Appointments

Currently I am available on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays between 10am and 8pm.

Q Fees

- I charge $100 for individual 60 minute sessions, and $120 for couples, also 60 minutes.
- WINZ subsidy may be available.

Q Payment Options

Cash or EFTPOS available.