Counsellors in Manawatu

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Angela Baker - Palmerston North

Psychologist, Counsellor

Memberships : NZPA
Qualifications : Reg. Psych (Cnslg Psychology), MA (Psych), Dip Cnslg, Mast. Practitioner NLP

Angela Baker - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Stress management / Resilience / Wellbeing
  • Pain manager and health conditions
  • Career counselling / life meaning and purpose

Angela Baker is a registered counselling psychologist who is passionate about wellbeing and resilience.  She has a strong interest in Anxiety, Stress Management, Pain Management and the ‘mind-body’ connection.  In addition to counselling Angela enjoys designing and running workshops on these topics.

Angela is friendly and approachable in her manner and has an emphasis on both building understanding and insight, and on practical and ‘do-able’ strategies.  She has a wide range of counselling experience having worked in a not-for-profit social service agency, a pain management clinic, a university student counselling service, and in private practice.

In addition to her counselling work, Angela has a strategic partnership with Vitae, offering on-line courses on Mindfulness, Wellbeing and Resilience through The Change Academy.


Avril Spain – Wanganui

Counsellor

Memberships : Provisional Member of NZAC
Qualifications : Diploma of Counselling

Avril Spain – Wanganui

Areas of Speciality:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Grief and loss
  • Pain management

Avril is also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has had training in Trauma


Carol Mattinson - Palmerston North

Counsellor

Memberships : NZAC, AANZPA
Qualifications : B.N. Dip. Counselling, Dip. Montessori teaching, Cert. Dual Diagnosis

Carol Mattinson - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty:

  • Mental health
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Acute trauma response
  • Grief issues
  • Extensive experience with young people and students
  • Dual diagnosis

Carol originally trained as a Montessori teacher then went on to study nursing working primarily in mental health during which time she did the dual diagnosis training. While training as a counsellor saw Carol working for over ten years in tertiary intuitions and relieving as a school counsellor as well as working in private practice for over 15 years.


Claire Edmonds – Wanganui

Counsellor

Memberships : Provisional Member of NZAC
Qualifications : Diploma in Professional Counselling

Claire Edmonds –  Wanganui

Areas of Speciality:

  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Elderly

Claire has a respectful and collaborative approach with her clients. She enjoys working with adult clients of all ages


Claire Hiroti – Wanganui

Counsellor, Supervisor

Memberships : NZAP,PBANZ
Qualifications : Certified Bioenergetic Therapist (CBT) - Psychotherapist (Masters Level) NZ; Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork (UK); BA (Hons) Business Studies (UK).

Claire Hiroti – Wanganui

Areas of Speciality:

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss and grief
  • Life changes
  • Relationship issues and parenting issues

Clare works intuitively, through relationship with her clients. She believes a lot of healing can occur for people when they have someone being present and bearing witness to their story. She is a Bioenergetic Psychotherapist and practices this form of body centred psychotherapy which helps release chronic muscular tensions and promotes physical and psychological wellbeing. In this way, people can engage in life and relationships more fully. Clare has also completed theory and practicum for basic Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training.


Debbie Biggar - Wanganui

Counsellor, Supervisor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : Dip. Applied Counselling, Post Grad Cert in the Arts, Certificate in Clinical Supervision, Certificates in: Practical Business; Business Management; Adult Teaching; Child Protection Studies; Social Services

Debbie Biggar - Wanganui

Areas of specialty:

  • Mental health
  • Alcohol & drugs
  • Sexual abuse
  • Trauma
  • Relationships

Debbie is an experienced counsellor, facilitator and supervisor with 20 years experience


Diane Clayton - Dannevirke

Counsellor, Supervisor

Memberships : NZCCA
Qualifications : DipCouns, Living Wisdom Levels 1 & 2

Diane Clayton - Dannevirke

Areas of specialty:

  • Relationships
  • Grief
  • Cognitive-behavioural  therapy
  • Mental health
  • Conflict resolution
  • Victim support & abuse counselling
  • Gender identity
  • Intimacy issues

Diane is particularly experienced in issues relating to family violence, working closely with social service, police and other community agencies.


Heather Rodgers - Palmerston North

Counsellor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : DipCouns, CertCouns

Heather Rodgers - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty:

  • Relationships
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Anger management
  • Self esteem
  • Anxiety and stress

An experienced counsellor, Heather understands the demands and challenges of workplace life, having spent over 15 years working with individuals, couples and families on personal and workplace issues and uses a client centred approach.


Jenny Guilford - Wanganui

Counsellor, Supervisor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : Diploma of Professional Counselling, Bachelor of Social Work; Certificate in Clinical Supervision

Jenny Guilford - Wanganui

Areas of specialty:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress
  • Family violence
  • Supervision

In her role at Family Works Whanganui Jenny provides individual counselling for adults, children and teenagers, and continues to work individually with women and children who have experienced family violence.  Her overall focus over the years has been to provide support to family/whanau to help improve things for the whanau as a whole, and for children in particular, by providing a safe place to talk about their issues and to look at strategies to help improve their wellbeing.

Jenny works from a person centred focus with very much a strength based philosophy, supporting people to utilise their skills and strengths to make a difference in the lives.

 


Joanne Te Paiho - Palmerston North, Horowhenua

Counsellor, Supervisor

Memberships : MNZAC
Qualifications : Certificate in Counselling, Diploma in Counselling, Post Grad Dip in Cultural Supervision, Diploma in Te Reo Maori

Joanne Te Paiho - Palmerston North, Horowhenua

Areas of Specialty:

  • Maori Whanau
  • Working alongside parents
  • Cultural issues / cultural intervention
  • Bicultural supervision
  • Maori ways of working using Mirimiri and Whitiwhiti korero

Joanne is a counsellor, therapist, healer and group facilitator with 17 years experience within her local community in various social services and education facilities. Joanne has an extensive background in working alongside whanau / family and their young people. Much of her past work has been in supporting individuals in their parenting roles, working alongside the intricate relationships which exist inside the Whanau/Family unit.

Joanne is experienced in working alongside couples. A new and expanding strand to Joanne's work is that she is able to offer spiritual intervention, by way of intuitive healing. Joanne believes is working from a gentle and wise place, with safety, support and integrity, being of utmost importance.


Karen Shepherd - Palmerston North

Counsellor, Supervisor

Memberships : MANZASW RSW (1926)
Qualifications : BSW (1992) Post Grad Dip Social Service Supervision (with distinction) 2002

Karen Shepherd - Palmerston North

Areas of Specialty:

  • Work relationship issues
  • Home and family relationship issues
  • Stress, anxiety and low mood challenges
  • Self-care and lifestyle balance challenges
  • Supervision

With over 25 years’ experience as a social worker and supervisor and over 8 years working as an EAP clinician Karen has skills in communication and supporting people to find solutions to challenges they face. She works from a strength-based approach utilizing reflective practice and always seeing a person in the context of their situation. Karen holds the belief that each person she works with has resources, skills and capabilities and it is her role is to ask the helpful questions and skills to unlock their ability to find their way forward and answers to their situations.  This at times may include providing them with information or validation and resources to further enhance what they already know. Karen works in a collaborative way alongside people and will incorporate tools and methods that assist with working alongside and finding solutions together.

If you work with her, Karen promises to be honest and to work in a mana-enhancing way to assist in finding solutions.

 


Lyn James - Palmerston North

Counsellor, Supervisor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : MGuidCouns, CertCouns, DipTch

Lyn James - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty:

  • Family Court counsellor
  • Client centred approaches
  • Narrative therapy
  • Trauma & grief
  • Self-development
  • ACC Counsellor
  • Sexuality and sexual identity

Lyn has extensive experience in family and couples counselling, and with a wide range of workplace issues.


Lynley Wilton - Palmerston North

Counsellor, Supervisor

Memberships : ANZASW, SWRB
Qualifications : Diploma Social and Community Work, Neuropsychotherapy Certified, Mediros Institute

Lynley Wilton - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Work and personal relationships
  • Mental health issues
  • Parenting education
  • Trauma therapy
  • LGBTQI
  • Supervision

Lynley has over 20 years experience in providing counselling support to individuals, couples, and families. Lynley has a long held passion for couples and family therapy work.  This extends to working with individuals and families of our first response services, including health, fire and emergency, and St Johns.  Lynley works together with those seeking counselling, to find the therapeutic approach that best fits them, rather than a one size fits all approach.


Lynne Sorensen - Waiouru, Taihape, Marton, Feilding

Counsellor

Memberships : NZCCA
Qualifications : Dip Counselling

Lynne Sorensen - Waiouru, Taihape, Marton, Feilding

Areas of Specialty:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Anger
  • Trauma
  • Workplace issues

Lynn has 10 years experience of agency generalist counselling facilitator DOVE Hawkes Bay.


Marcia Amadio - Whanganui

Counsellor, Supervisor

Memberships : MNZAC, ANZPA
Qualifications : B.Ed, TCC

Marcia Amadio - Whanganui

Areas of specialty

  • Relationships (family, couples, workplace)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress
  • Self esteem

Marcia has been counselling for over 20 years and has an eclectic approach to counselling. She regularly updates her practice with ongoing training and learning.  Marcia has training in sex therapy and experience working with  issues of gender and sexual identification. Social justice and recognising interrelatedness of life underpin Marcia's systems approach to her work and life.


Mary Procter - Palmerston North

Counsellor, Supervisor

Memberships : MNZAC
Qualifications : MCouns BEd

Mary Procter - Palmerston North

Areas of Speciality:

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual abuse
  • Relationship issues

Mary is an eclectic counsellor – She uses many strategies that she tailors to the issues brought to the counselling room.  Mary believes that every person is the expert in their own lives and that they have huge resources that they often just need help in accessing.


Mary White - Palmerston North

Counsellor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : Dip Couns

Mary White - Palmerston North

Areas of Speciality:

  • Working with the LGBTI Community
  • Sexual Diversity & Orientation
  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Attachment
  • Relationships

Mereti Taipana - Palmerston North

Counsellor, Supervisor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : BA, DipPsych, CertCouns

Mereti Taipana - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty:

  • Approved ACC
  • Family Court counsellor
  • Narrative therapy
  • Te Whare Tapa Wha
  • Principles of Paiheretia (relational therapy)

Iwi:

  • Rangitane
  • Ngati Kauwhata
  • Kaati Mamoe
  • Ngati Rangatahi

Mereti is an experienced counsellor who also provides professional supervision and cultural supervision.


Neil Pedley - Wanganui and Hawera

Counsellor, Supervisor

Memberships : NZAC, Registered Special Education Advisor - Ed Council
Qualifications : M.Ed Psychology/Behavioural Sciences, Post Grad Special Needs/Counselling, Post Grad Theology, Philosophy and Ethics, Adv Dip Tch, Higher Dip Tch, B.Ed

Neil Pedley - Wanganui and Hawera

Areas of Specialty:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Crisis
  • Grief and loss
  • Abuse
  • Anger management
  • Workplace Stress and Conflict
  • Youth Issues
  • Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation
  • Couples Counselling
  • Mediation and Conciliation

Neil has 27 years experience as a counsellor both nationally and internationally. Neil specialises in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tools, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and Mindfulness (MiCBT) skills and strategies for self-management.


Nici Scott-Savage, Palmerston North

Counsellor, Supervisor

Memberships : NZAC, CHEK institute
Qualifications : BBS (Management & Accounting) Dip Counselling, PG Dip Education, PG Dip Social Services

Nici Scott-Savage, Palmerston North

Areas of specialty:

  • Trauma management
  • Mental health
  • Stress management
  • Executive coaching
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Relationships
  • Lifestyle change / Managing change
  • Anxiety and Depression

Nici has worked in social service agency settings as counsellor, clinical supervisor and manager for over nine years and now also in private practice. She has supervised counsellors, psychologists, social workers and other caring professionals for the last six years.

Nici has a focus on wellness models in her supervision. A holistic and wellness approach to supervision sees people as intrinsically relational beings of mind, body and soul. She is supportive with a strength based view.

 


Sherina Nicol - Palmerston North

Counsellor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : DipCouns, Cert REBT

Sherina Nicol - Palmerston North

Areas of Specialty:

  • Domestic violence
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Wellbeing

Sherina has worked with individuals and families over the last fifteen years in several social service agencies and in her own practice.

Sherina works in a collaborative way with clients to grow tools, resilience and wellbeing. 


Sue Webb - Palmerston North

Counsellor, Supervisor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : MPhil, BEd(Couns), BA(Hons), PGCE

Sue Webb - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty:

  • Relationships
  • Stress management
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Conflict resolution
  • Communication difficulties
  • Harassment
  • Eating issues
  • Abuse
  • Sexuality and sexual identity

After a career teaching counselling at Massey University, Sue is now in private practice working with adults, couples, adolescents and families. In recent years she has been involved in responses to a number of traumatic incidents. She also provides supervision, training and consultancy to those in the helping professions.


Trish Nicholl - Palmerston North

Counsellor

Memberships : DAPPANZ; MANZASW
Qualifications : Dip Counselling, PG AOD Rehab, Couples and family counselling

Trish Nicholl - Palmerston North

Areas of Speciality:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Abuse
  • Relationships and parenting
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Stress management

Trish is respectful, compassionate, and client-centred. She works with clients in identifying goals, exploring issues and building on skills and strategies for change. She uses strengths based approaches and is also experienced in interactive drawing therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and in teaching a range of stress management and relaxation techniques. She is experienced in working with clients of all ages, including teenagers and younger adults


Vince Connelly - Whanganui

Counsellor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : DipApCouns, CertConflictPartnershipTraining

Vince Connelly - Whanganui

Areas of specialty:

  • Couples counselling
  • Custody and access issues
  • Work-related stress
  • Domestic violence
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Relationship issues

Vince's background is in the finance industry and retail management. With this experience he is aware of the stress and fatigue associated with the business environment. Vince also counsels at a local secondary school.