I was born in the UK and left when I was 25 years old to come and live in New Zealand. I have lived here for 34 years now. I am married to Michael and we have 21 and 17-year-old children. Since coming to NZ I have worked at the University of Auckland, and Unitec, I trained to be a Decorative Artist for a couple of years. Hubby and I then ended up living in Wellington for 15 years as we both got jobs there. I worked for the Dental Council of New Zealand until I got pregnant. We returned to Auckland in 2012. We live in Te Atatu Peninsula and my father and mother live literally 2 minutes away from us. I became motivated to train to be a counselor after my eldest sister died of breast cancer in 2004 in Australia, at the age of 50. I discovered she had terminal cancer when I was 5 months pregnant. I focused on having my baby and when he was 3 months old, I took him to Australia to meet my sister.. I began training to be a counselor in 2011. at age 51 after our youngest child started going to primary school. My interests include interior decoration, op shopping, pottery, and watching Netflix. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and being a part of my local community.
Hi, I am Gillian!
Hi there! I am so glad you have taken the time to find out a bit about me here. I have been working as a counselor for approx. 10 years. I am qualified as a general counselor and an addiction counselor.. although I haven’t actually worked in the addiction field, I have found it useful in my work with trauma as addiction can be one of the coping mechanisms we have to help us deal with trauma. I have worked at – – Voluntary work with a charity as a student counsellor – Hospice as a psycho-social counselor (Palliative Care) intern so worked with clients experiencing loss and grief, – with the National telehealth service on many different helplines, – at Family Action in Henderson working with women living with family violence and sexual harm – I hold provisional registration with ACC Sensitive Claims – I have my own private counseling practice called ‘WellBeing Counselling’. I work with adults and young people (18 years old +). I have an eclectic approach to counseling so will use various approaches alongside traditional therapies to help support my clients.
I am a committed and empathic counselor who works with adults and young people (18 years old +) to help them work toward healing and wholeness. from symptoms such as depression, anxiety, loss and grief, emotional dysregulation, and more. I use an eclectic approach to counseling. I offer evidence-based therapy with an integrative holistic and inclusive approach which includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Person Centred Counselling, Motivational Interviewing, Brief intervention/emotional support therapy, solution-focused therapy, grief counseling, strengths-based skills, NLP, Various assessments to ensure personal safety for the client, positive psychology approaches for self-care, and Therapies to help reduce the client’s emotional response to trauma (such as Havening and EMDR). I have undertaken a 4-day Specialist Training Course in the Treatment of Complex Trauma. I access a range of integrative and holistic approaches including self-care, meditation, visualisation, breathing exercises, trauma-informed care and support, and emotional support. I also have excellent written and verbal communication, treatment planning, goals of counseling, clinical documentation, case management, and administration. I have experience working alongside other professionals who support clients ie social workers, GPs, nurses,, and mental health, and with other agencies such as Oranga Tamariki, the Police, and WINZ. I hold Full Member Registration Status with NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counsellors).
New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) – Full Member