These days our 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, we are taught that we should stand strong, dig deep and tough it out.
Yet when the real storms of life come, what we really need is to stand with someone who cares, talk about things and find courage, hope and healing.
Most of us want our life to be better but often we don’t know where or how to start.
Well, you can start today.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
A combination of formal academic training and life experience has taught me to
regularly consult my mind and to trust my heart.
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 (PCT & Narrative Therapy)
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy – Externship & Core Skills 1 & 2
Gottman Institute - Emotion Coaching
Interactive Drawing Therapy
Meditation & Mindfulness
Strengths Coach (Clifton) - Top 5 & Partnership
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 ...
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.
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 ..
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".
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.
0800 543354 (lifeline)
0508 828865 (suicide help)
Or in case of emergency dial 111 or go to your nearest hospital or emergency department.