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If you're seeking support in relation to your mental health and wellbeing, we offer free counselling services. Our counsellors use a range of therapeutic approaches to better equip people to deal with life’s challenges.
Every person's situation is different. These are some of the types of things our clients work through with us:
Originally from the UK, I moved to Auckland with my partner (now husband) in 2002. I have worked with many different cultures and I have a particular interest in working with survivors of sexual abuse and trauma, grief and loss, sexuality, self-esteem, and identity and helping couples navigate difficult times in their relationships.
My counselling approach is to provide a safe and non-judgemental environment for my clients. Therapy often involves providing emotional support for people adjusting to living with HIV or developing new skills in relationship and self-management as well as processing internalised shame or homophobia. Clients also seek therapy to improve their self-esteem, to understand themselves so they can experience fulfilling relationships, to help with the coming out process, or to be able to change unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns.
I am happy to work with couples and individuals. I work at the Burnett Centre on Wednesday evenings and Thursday daytime only.
I am a registered member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.
I have been counselling at the New Zealand Aids Foundation since 2019, working with clients from the LGBTQI community and people living with HIV, dealing with issues of identity, coming out, isolation, shame and stigma.
I am a gay man who has been out and proud for over 25 years. I have a strong belief that everyone can have a sense of their own personal identity, regardless of their sexuality, where they can embrace their unique life pathway without judgement. I feel strongly connected to a humanistic approach to counselling where the therapeutic relationship is client-centred, where he can sit alongside the client and be present.
It is vital for me to create an environment of trust, openness and mutual respect that promotes and encourages success and a positive outcome in the lives of my clients. I try to utilise my existing life skills and further enhance my abilities and passion with total genuineness, unconditional positive regard and empathy for my clients.
It has been a privilege to have worked as a counsellor for NZAF in Christchurch for the past 14 years. During this time, I have gained a deep understanding of the unique needs of the communities we support; being people living with HIV and men who have sex with men.
I create a warm and nonjudgmental space for individuals and couples to explore how they feel and get to the heart of what is needed. Helping clients get clear on what is right for them, live more authentically and in doing so, develop a deeper sense of connection with self and others.
I bring a calm presence that invites others to share whatever is challenging them in their lives, whether it be: shame, stigma, grief, relationship issues or sexual identity.
I am a registered counsellor and professional member of NZ Association of Intuitive and Pascha Therapists.
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