Life is often challenging.
You may be experiencing a crisis or just feel overwhelmed or dissatisfied.
Counselling offers a safe one-to-one relationship for a period of time where you can feel less alone with problems and work towards lasting change and wholeness.
Hi, I'm Lizzi.
I'm an experienced counsellor and therapist based in the Eastern suburbs of Wellington.
I work with people of all ages to offer a non-judgmental, confidential and containing space where we can explore your feelings, relationships or unwelcome and repetitive behaviours that you may be experiencing.
Whether you're experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, low self esteem or other unsettling emotions, together we can explore these, bringing insight and understanding to where these come from and how to manage them.
I have been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist for over 15 years. I was born in Africa, spent my adult years in the UK and moved to New Zealand with my family eight years ago. I have worked in schools and colleges in London and Wellington, for NGOs and community agencies as well as in my own private practice.
I am a professional member, registered and accredited as a counsellor and psychotherapist with BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy), and a provisional member of NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counsellors). I work to the ethical framework of both professional bodies, undertake regular supervision and commit to ongoing professional development ensuring integrity and best practice.
I am experienced in working with people of all ages from diverse cultures and backgrounds and specialise in working with adolescent clients and their families.
With specialist training at the Tavistock Institute in London, I have considerable experience with adolescent clients and use my skills and expertise to offer a flexible approach to help young people therapeutically explore their feelings as they navigate the often complex transition from child to adult.
Clear and secure boundaries are essential to the confidential relationship between myself and clients. When working with the unique, specific and often complex needs of adolescent clients, I sometimes work with family members if it becomes clear that this will benefit the mental health of the young person and their relationships.
Research shows that the single most important factor in whether or not counselling is effective, and brings lasting change, is the relationship between client and therapist.
It's important to find a counsellor you feel comfortable with.
How I work
The way I work with clients is informed by Psychodynamic theory. This works with the unconscious, allowing us to address past experiences which may be effecting how you feel and behave in the present. Within my work I also use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness.
I work with clients who are experiencing a range of issues including:
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender diversity
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Immigration and resettlement
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Social anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Depending on your needs I offer short and long term therapy and tailor my counselling approach to suit you and your situation. I work face to face, on the telephone or online.
Each session lasts for 50 minutes.
If you'd like to book a session then please call and leave a telephone message, send me an email, or use the contact form.
I'll be in touch to arrange an initial consultation to see if you think we'll be a good fit.
P: (04) 976 7104