Welcome. Not as you should be. Just as you are.
Right here, right now, today.
These days our world is flooded with endless advice on how to live your best life. Yet despite all the advice from an information-rich and consumer-driven culture, we sometimes find ourselves struggling either in our relationships, our circumstances, or our thinking.
If you find yourself struggling, you are not alone.
It's time to talk.
When life gets challenging, many of us are taught to stand strong, suck it up, and tough it out. But 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 your journey today.
My approach to therapy is based on practical real-life experience and a pragmatic 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 Counsellor (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
Restorative Justice facilitator
Living without Violence programme facilitator
APSATS Betrayal Trauma
Interactive Drawing Therapy
Meditation & Mindfulness
Gallup Strengths Coach
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. Our family, whether we like it or not, affects the way we do relationships, manage our money, the career we choose, etc. If you feel stuck in your life or relationships, and you want to explore your unique identity, 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 ..
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 better communication and resilience, now might be the perfect time to get some support so let's talk ..
feel the feelings
How do you feel about your feelings? Whether we like it or not, our feelings play a vital role in our wellbeing, our health, and our relationships. But most of us have never given our emotions a great deal of attention. We might even be a little afraid of what might happen if we even dared to engage with our emotions. By giving ourselves permission to truly experience our emotions, all of them, we can dramatically improve the quality of our lives and our relationships. 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 ...
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.
Strengths for teens
We encourage our kids to just "be yourself" but even for adults, it takes us decades to truly work that out. The teenage years are an intense time of self-discovery. The Strengths assessment is a powerful evidence-based process of revealing natural talent. By focusing on Strengths, we focus on what is ‘right’ with your young person which gives them language to see themselves with greater clarity and confidence. It’s not an exaggeration to say that this is one of the greatest gifts you could give your young person as they set out into their future. For a Strengths coaching session, 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.
Counselling is not an immediate-response or crisis service so if you need emergency support please contact your local GP or one of the below organisations.