Counselling is a confidential and ethically
protected relationship with a trained and qualified
counsellor who will take your personal concerns
There are different counselling styles or
approaches. I tend to be more non-directive and will
mainly listen or strive to understand your deepest
feelings. When appropriate, I am more active and
perhaps directive and may make suggestions or ask
you to try certain activities.
Knowing which direction to take (for example,
exactly what to talk about in each session) depends
largely on you, on your intuition and what is most
important, current or vital, but I may also prompt
you or make suggestions. Don’t just wait for me to
initiate things; and don’t treat your sessions as
‘just a chat’.
Counselling aims to help you understand yourself
better and improve the parts of your life that have
become stuck or painful. But it isn’t always smooth,
predictable and painless; it will require patience
and commitment on your part, as well as skill and
knowledge on the part of the counsellor.
Counselling is a disciplined, ethical and
professional activity that is different from
medicine, law, and accountancy. This is because it
focuses on each individual and their unique cluster
of concerns, it includes emotions, and it sometimes
works via feelings that are stirred up between you
and your counsellor.
Counsellors are closely supervised. I am ready to
hear your views and experiences about the process of
counselling and you have avenues for making
complaints (via N.Z.A.C.) if you are not satisfied.