I came into counselling from a tertiary teaching background. I was teaching part-time while studying towards a doctorate and raising my kids as a single mother. Once I graduated I continued to teach full-time. A lot of my students juggled studies and caring for family or part-time work. Many were international students with few friends or family in New Zealand. I deeply empathized with my students’ struggles. In supporting them achieve academic success, I became their unofficial mentor. The experience motivated me to volunteer as a mentor for vulnerable young people through a youth mentoring charity. I found it so rewarding that I decided to train as a counsellor to help people navigate through life’s challenges. I enjoy working with young adults, single parents, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Hi, I am Amira!
Do you feel stuck, confused, frustrated, depressed, stressed or anxious? Have you had a distressing experience or difficult childhood that is not letting you move on? Are you struggling with emotional or binge eating? I am committed to assisting you explore the ‘story’ behind your challenges and help identify the ‘message’ that your symptoms may be trying to convey.
I believe when it comes to mental health, there is no one-size-fits-all. I use a collaborative approach to discover and tap into your strengths to develop appropriate strategies that can assist you better manage symptoms and get on with life.
New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) – Provisional Member
Masters in Counselling with First Class Honours
Graduate Diploma in Counselling with Distinction