Diane offers individual therapy for adults.
At your first appointment you will explore what it is you are looking for and have an opportunity to decide if working with Diane is a good fit for you
If you decide to continue working with her, you will identify how you wish to work. Sessions are most often held weekly but this can be negotiated based on need and availability.
If Diane feels your needs are outside her area of expertise she will help you to find a suitable alternative.
We get regular requests for couples therapy, but unfortunately this is not within our current scope of practice. To find a couples therapist you can search on the NZAC website . Go to the "search for a counsellor" page where you can find people who do couples counselling. https://www.nzac.org.nz/search-for-a-counsellor/
Face to Face appointments are not available during Alert Levels 3 and 4. However, it is possible to arrange an online or phone appointment during those times.If you are experiencing difficulty during a period of lockdown, Diane is available for support. She has several resources that may help.
During Level 2 it is possible to have a face to face appointment. Masks must be worn. Please be do not attend if you are feeling unwell and be sure to scan the Covid app and sanitise your hands when you arrive.
Diane has experience and training in tele-health.
If you are unable to attend sessions face to face, online sessions can be arranged. You will be sent a link to a confidential platform so that connecting for the session is easy and private.
Diane has worked in the disability sector as a therapist and advocate for over 30 years and has a special interest in supporting people who live with physical, sensory or cognitive impairments. Her previous work as a Speech Therapist means that she is skilled at working with people with limited communication.
The office space is wheelchair accessible via a lift and the building has accessible facilities.
Depression and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that are experienced. This can happen at any point in our lives. Counselling can help you to recover motivation, perspective, and enjoyment.
Diane will work with you to identify strategies to manage uncomfortable feelings and support you to work towards your goals.
Many people may experience symptoms associated with painful or traumatic memories or circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger after traumatic events.
Memory of these emotions often show up in the body in symptoms such as tension or a churning stomach. Paying attention to the information that the body is providing, and learning to manage those feelings and reactions is an important part of the way Diane works with trauma.
Grief can be brought about through any kind of loss. It could be the loss of a loved one, friend, losing a job, a home, a separation or even migration.
Sometimes feelings of grief are overwhelming and it can be useful to have a listening ear to support you to find meaning and purpose again.
Having a family member who needs extra support can be stressful. Diane has lived experience of adjusting to disability in a family member. Whether the situation is new or longstanding, being able to talk about it and gain new skills and perspective can be helpful.
Where finances are a barrier to you accessing counselling, assistance with payment of fees may be available: