Virginia Anthony

Counsellor, Life Coach & Supervisor

 

I have had 30+ years of experience in counselling. I have worked with and assisted a very wide range of people and include individuals, both men and women and couples. I work with adolescents and adults.

 

Areas of Special Interest

  • relationships
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • mental health (ie Bi-polar, schizophrenia)
  • sexual abuse
  • trauma
  • physical health issues
  • life stages
  • self esteem and confidence
  • work stress
  • adoption
  • transgender
  • gay and lesbian
  • addictions

 

Counselling Services

I work with a very wide range of people with many different stories. Each person who comes to see me is treated as a special unique individual and I focus on what their goals and needs are at this time of their life. I am passionate about taking a holistic approach looking at all aspects of the client’s life and the connection between the mental and physical. I want the counselling experience to be a positive and empowering one for each client and for them to recognise and develop their strengths. Sometimes clients become so immersed in their problem that I can offer clarity and alternative ways of thinking. I take enormous pleasure watching clients grow, change and flourish.

I enjoy working with couples who may be experiencing relationship difficulties and feeling stuck. I have a very vast experience with both heterosexual and homosexual couples. I understand that some couples may be ready to separate and I have experience in helping with the adjustments necessary, and helping with parenting plans.  My clinical experience includes many years of separated couples’ mediation.

As a parent of two adult children, themselves now parents, I have a lot of understanding of parenting worries and family life.

 

Counselling Approach

I work with a number of therapeutic modalities including Narrative, Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Solution- Focussed and Mindfullness. I have also done advanced training in Sex Therapy.

 

Background and Experience

I have worked for 30+ years in a variety of settings. My work experience includes counselling and social work. I have been employed in both private practice and in public agencies. My work experience includes a community mental health centre, hospitals, CYFS and Auckland Prison. I lived and worked in the USA for 6 years, working in the county Rape Crisis Centre, a Group Psychology Practice, and Lifeline (Director of volunteers).

After returning to live in NZ in 2000 I opened a private practice in Whangaparaoa with a vast range of clients. I have also worked as a Family Court Counsellor, and ACC Registered Counsellor, worked as a social worker for an intercountry adoption agency, and been a mediator for Family Dispute Resolution.  Since moving to Kerikeri in 2017 I have had a busy private practice.

 

Supervision Services

I have provided supervision to a number of professionals including counsellors, social workers, volunteers, and groups. I have supervised people working in the public and private sectors. I believe that the supervision process should be encouraging and empowering and a collaborative process. I aim to assist supervisees to maximise their professional development. I have also enjoyed supervising both counselling and social work students.

FAQs

Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- ACC Registered Counsellor
- Family Court Registered Counsellor
- Victim Support Registered Counsellor
- Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand, Family Dispute Resolution

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)
- Diploma in Social Studies (Social Work)
- Coast to Coast Mediation (USA)
- License in Clinical Social Work (USA)

Q Appointments

- Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm.
- Evening appointments by arrangement.

Q Fees

- $120 per session
- WINZ
- ACC
- EAP

Q Payment Options

Payment at time of session. Cash or internet banking.