About me

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I have always had time for peoples’ stories, but it was only in 2002 that I entered my professional training as a counsellor. Within a few short weeks of entering my study I knew I would love this work.

I started my counselling career at a community agency working primarily with couples and families. Alongside this I also worked with individuals and youth. When entering private practice in 2008, I gained accreditation  with the Family Court, doing relationship and couples counselling for them as well as mediation for couples going through separation.

In the same year I gained accreditation from Primary Health Organisation (referrals through doctors and the hospital) and EAP Services (Employment Assistance Programs). In 2014 there were some changes to the Family Court system and I was additionally appointed to provide pre-mediation counselling for the Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) services though both Presbyterian Support Family Work and The FDR Centre. Here I work alongside lawyers and mediators providing assistance for families going through separation and divorce.

I had lived all my life in Zimbabwe until coming to New Zealand in 2001. My life has taken me on an intensely rich and varied path so I am able to relate to many of the emotions clients share. I believe this makes me more receptive, more proactive and more empathetic in my approach. I have never met a client I don’t feel empathy for.

I believe that talking can help. So whether it is a relationship issue or something else life has thrown at you – give me a call. I would love to support you.


                                                                                                                There is always a way though


Kind regards

Gail

 Memberships


New Zealand Association of Counsellors  (NZAC)
Manawatu Family Courts Association  (MFCA)
New Zealand Education Institute   (NZEI)                                                                                                  New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology (NZAPP) 

 Accreditations

Family Court
EAP Services
Primary Health Organisation                                                                                                                         The FDR Centre (Family Dispute Resolution)
Presbyterian Support – Family Works (FDR)

 

 Experience and Training


UCOL Diploma in Counselling 2006
Marriage and Couples Counselling
Facilitation of Parenting programs
Facilitation of Youth and Parent Anger Management Programs
Supervision of phone line volunteers for Parenting Crisis Line
Assistant Tutoring of UCOL Diploma in Counselling (Faye Garnham Centre)
Appointment as Family Court Counsellor (Relationship Counselling)
Appointment as FDR (Family Dispute Resolution) counsellor
Facilitator-Mindfulness and Mind Mapping workshops
Ongoing professional development as required by New Zealand Association of Counselling

 

 Theories, Modalities and Strategies – eclectic mix


Narrative Therapy
Emotionally Focussed Therapy
Interactive Drawing Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Mindfulness

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