My name is Xixi, pronounced “Cee Cee” (she/her). I am Chinese-Kiwi and I bring fresh and creative perspectives to counselling and therapy (refer to client testimonials below).
Going through counselling as a teenager and adult, I have struggled to speak up about my concerns, so I know the importance of feeling heard and understood and working collaboratively through a challenge together at your own pace. I am currently working as a counsellor in tertiary education, I am an NGO board member and consultant in social development sectors. I am a big believer in giving things a go and a quote that I live by is from Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
I began my counselling journey in 2016 in the Addictions sector and have over eight years of counselling experience. My counselling background includes addictions, trauma, abuse and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselling.
I have worked in a variety of settings including: groups and individual work, DHB, Corrections, NGO, corporate, and education; I have worked with diverse population groups including children and youth, young adults, adults, and migrants.
I have also volunteered in mentoring spaces, working with youth and graduate working professionals, and those from refugee and foster care backgrounds. I am passionate about connection, holistic health, spirituality, and creativity.
I have an eclectic approach to therapy, using a range of modalities. This includes:
My Masters studies was an Arts-based research on my lived experience of displacement, trauma and liminality.