your journey

to health & healing from the inside out


you are welcome

Welcome.  Not as you 'should' be.  Just as you are.  Right here, right now, today.

These days the world is flooded with good advice on how to live our best life.  

Yet despite all the advice from an information rich culture, we sometimes find ourselves struggling either in our relationships, our circumstances or our thinking.  

 If you feel like this, you are not alone.  


When life gets challenging, many of us learnt that we 'should' stand strong, dig deep and tough it out.  But more often what we really need is to stand with someone who cares, talk about hard things and find courage, hope and healing.


Many of us want our life to be better but don’t know where or how to start.  Well, you have come to the right place and can start today.


I look forward to meeting you soon.

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about me

My approach to therapy is based on practical real life experience and a pragmatic caring style of listening without judgment.   I bring a holistic approach to my work with clients, this includes working with the mind, body, emotions, spirituality, family and relationships. As a registered counsellor (NZAC) with Post Graduate qualifications, continual Professional Development and Supervision, I am committed to ethical best practice.  


I am passionate about enabling people to walk through their own challenges with courage, knowledge and support.  My hope is for you to thrive in your own life again.   




Registered with NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counsellors)

PG Dip. Counselling Theory (Auckland University)

Bachelor of Counselling 

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy – Externship & Core Skills 1 & 2

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy

Gottman Institute - Emotion Coaching

Betrayal Trauma

Sex Therapy


Family Therapy

Interactive Drawing Therapy


Meditation & Mindfulness

Gallup Strengths Coach   

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self esteem, identity & family

We didn't get to choose our parents, our families or the way we were raised. Yet our family profoundly shapes who we are. Navigating the transition between our family of origin and our adult identity can be challenging. This can affect the way we do relationships, manage our money, the career we choose etc.  If you feel stuck in your life and want to explore your unique identity, let's talk ...

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strengths coaching

One of the most powerful insights you can have in your life is to discover your unique talents and strengths.  We assume that everyone is just 'normal' like us when nothing could be further from the truth.  Strength coaching is a process of discovering what is right about you, focusing on what is strong instead of what is wrong with you.  This strengths consultation will help you make sense of your personality, your role and your relationships.  If you are wanting to find out your unique contribution to the world. let's get started.

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relationship counselling

They say the 'perfect relationship' is just two imperfect people refusing to give up on one another ... though sometimes that is easier said than done! Relationships are precious, so if yours is currently under pressure or you’re interested in gaining some tools to build resilience, now might be the perfect time to get some support so let's talk ..


stress, anxiety & resilience

When unexpected change comes along, how do you respond? Do you freeze up with fear or do you open your other hand to seize a new opportunity? Change, whether it's a change of job, city, life stage or circumstance, can be uncomfortable and have us feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, alone, angry or afraid. The good news is that we all have a huge natural supply of resilience. If stress and anxiety is getting in the way of you enjoying your life, let's talk ..

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grief, loss & sadness

Grief is a healthy response to a painful reality. It is not an enemy or a sign of weakness, but a sign of being human. We cannot simply 'get over it', rather it takes time to grieve in your own unique way. Times of grief might be confusing and overwhelming ... you may feel  isolated and be facing a range of emotions you’ve never encountered before. I encourage you to journey through grief with a trusted therapist, let's talk ...





"We can't thank you enough for helping us through our differences.  We have the tools now to communicate better together".


"Thank you, thank you, thank you Jo for all you've done for us this year. You're a wonder. We wouldn't have made it without you!!"

"I was really worried about coming to counselling but you made it feel like a really easy conversation.  It felt like you really understood but with no judgement".



get in touch 

Today is a good time to get in touch.

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Remuera | 021 525343

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Counselling is only available within scheduled therapy sessions. An after-hours or immediate-response/crisis service is not available. If you need emergency support please contact.

urgent care

1737 (text)

0800 543354 (lifeline)

0508 828865 (suicide help)

Or in case of emergency dial 111 or go to your nearest hospital or emergency department.