Marriage and couples counselling - Kapiti Coast
I am a member of the NZ Association of Counsellors and I specialise in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. I do no individual therapy - including if the work is focused on relationship. I work with couples only.
I bring a wide range of other learning, personal development and life experience to my work.
After 10 years of working with couples in Wellington including 8 as a Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Thorndon, Wellington I have moved my practice to the Kapiti Coast
My clients are mostly partners who have somehow become disconnected, often through repeating patterns of bickering and nagging, fighting and withdrawing, or having just grown apart and disconnected - maybe with little or no affection, expressions of love or sexual relationship between them - and sometimes to a point where it feels, to one or both of them, like they are 'trapped' with little hope of anything changing.
I also commonly see couples who are dealing with the revelation of one partner having an affair, or some other past relationship injury, seriously threatening their future together.
Approach - Emotionally Focused Therapy
I work with 'Emotionally Focused Therapy' (EFT) that I have been studying and training in and working with since 2008. Unlike many other therapy models EFT is an approach that has been developed and refined over 30 years based on much on-going academic and scientific research. As at May 2018 I was one of about a dozen NZ therapists to have reached official recognition of competency in working with EFT - and have been a Certified EFT therapist for over 4 years.
Like many others I have found EFT far more effective for getting good results in couple relationship work than any other problem-solving, communication skills, conflict resolution and assertiveness/reflective listening approaches that I used in the past. I love working this way!
For more information about EFT please check out my "Couples counselling" webpage. This webpage also gives link details for a really powerful little 2 minute video clip - you might want to check it out - as well as details of an excellent book called "Hold Me Tight" which I strongly recommend couples to read.
Availability - location Waikanae, Kapiti Coast
(Mid-May) I have now started working from my home in Waikanae on a part-time basis and have capacity for a few new clients, so please contact me if you would like to make an appointment.
Finding another EFT therapist - Wellington
Otherwise I could suggest checking out the official website for EFT in NZ. Click this link http://nzeft.org/location/therapists/ and then scroll down the listing (which is presented in a north to south format: Whangarei to Dunedin) and you will find Wellington listings there in the middle and therapists who are members of NZEFT and also of the International EFT organisation.
I hope this is helpful for you.