Our ACC Providers
Kathy Bennett - Te Atatu Peninsula
B. Couns, MNZCCA, ACC Provider
Kathy enjoys working with children and young people. She offers a range of counselling including support for grief, loss, anxiety and depression. Kathy uses strength-based strategies that help build resilience in a client to empower them to make the changes needed for a better life. Kathy’s practice supports a collaborative relationship that respects the client, while allowing them a safe, non-judgemental space to explore feelings and challenging issues at their own pace. Kathy lives in Auckland with her husband and five children, aged 8 to 21 years.
Judy Dawson - Massey & New Lynn
B. Counselling, ACC Provider, MNZCCA
Judy is interested in working alongside individuals and couples on various issues, including those who have been affected by sexual abuse. She has trained extensively to work with couples using Imago Therapy. Judy has a down to earth style of practice which makes her an easy person to talk to. She works with depression, anxiety, grief, anger, trauma, self-esteem issues, and life coaching including parenting issues. Judy describes herself as Māori/Pakeha and was raised in Auckland. She has three adult tamariki and two moko.
Dianne Everest - Te Atatu Peninsula
B. Couns., MNZCCA, ACC Provider
Mum to three almost adult sons, Dianne is familiar with the world of boys and works with children, teens and adults. Experience in supporting high school students with special needs brings a compassion and desire to hear, help and give voice to those who are less understood by society and to assist parents living with Autism in the family. Dianne works in creative ways; clients are given opportunity to express themselves in a safe environment, learn coping skills that work best for their personality type and can be taken into their everyday life.
Su Fenwick - Te Atatu Peninsula & Massey
MNZAC. B.Soc.Prac (Couns), ACC Provider, Registered Teacher, Adv. Supervision Cert. VWB & SW Facilit
Sue brings a wealth of experience in counselling across a range of areas, contexts and people. Su works with children, adolescents and adults where she is able to walk alongside those experiencing the impact of trauma, grief and pain. Her counselling approach is to strengthen and equip while gently lifting the weight of memories and experiences, pain, shame and guilt. Her passion is seeing people freed from what holds them in places of struggle and pain. Su is also a clinical supervisor and has worked in both schools and agencies during her years of Counselling.
Susan Fuhrer - Te Atatu Peninsula
B. Couns., Dip. Teaching, Trained Debriefer. MNZCCA. ACC Provider.
Susan is passionate about wholeness and people coming into freedom to be all they can be. Her particular interest is working with trauma in the area of sexual abuse to bring empowerment for change and restore self-esteem. She also enjoys working with couples using imago therapy, a highly effective approach to strengthen and bring connectivity to any couple struggling or wanting to strengthen their relationship. As transition has been a large part of her life she understands the challenges of change and is trained in the area of debriefing.
Craig Gemmell - Te Atatu Peninsula
B. Couns, MNZCCA
Craig has a background in business management and has always enjoyed the challenge of working with people of all ages and from all walks of life. Moving into the field of counselling has afforded him the privilege of bearing witness to stories that have challenged and controlled the lives of his clients. Craig uses a narrative informed approach to therapy, a method that helps clients map the effects of behavior or relationship on self and others and welcomes the opportunities to re-author lives that desire change and growth. Craig has a particular interest in working with adolescents and mature men in the area of addictions and life stages.
Jane Hepburn - Te Atatu Peninsula
PGDip HSc (MindBody Healthcare), B.Couns, MNZCCA,. ACC Provider.
Jane enjoys meeting with adolescents, adults and families. She likes helping people grow through life's challenges and works alongside clients experiencing depression, stress, grief, self-esteem, relationship and identity issues. Jane is also a lecturer at Laidlaw College where she enjoys teaching Year 2 Counselling students in the School of Social Practice. Jane has two adult children, three grandchildren plus she can juggle!
Paula Yeatman - Te Atatu South
M. Counselling, ACC Provider, MNZAC
Paula is a counsellor working with clients who have difficulties relating to abuse and trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and relationship issues. How we heal, what works for us, where we want to be and how we want to get there – these are all important to talk about in counselling. Paula’s approach is client centred and strengths based, she is flexible in her work so her clients can be comfortable and confident that their therapy works for them and know they can also be better at caring for themselves and their whānau outside therapy.
Stephéne Manuel - Massey
Dip. Couns., MNZAC
Stephéne’s is an ACC approved counsellor who aims to walk with you through the struggles you are facing and find ways to strengthen, provide hope, and empower with the abilities to move forward as a stronger and healthier person. Stephéne works with individuals, couples and families at all stages of the life and has experience working with issues of trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, conflict management, grief and loss, infidelity, divorce, relationship issues, anxiety, parenting and depression.
Melanie Woodham - Glen Eden
Melanie’s specialty area is working with children, adolescents and families/caregivers in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of psychological and mental health difficulties. Melanie is skilled in the areas of: Stress and adjustment; behavioural difficulties, grief and loss, children/families with complex needs, trauma/PTSD (including physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and neglect), anxiety, depression, anger management, emotional regulation, attachment issues, parenting/family issues, children in out-of-home placements. Melanie is an ACC provider for sensitive claims work in Glen Eden.
Elaine McConnell - Te Atatu Peninsula
Dip. Couns., Nat. Cert. Mental Hlth, Cert. T.A., Cert. Dreamwork, MNZAC. ACC Provider.
Elaine is a counsellor who cares about "what works". Since most difficulties have their causes in relationships, she works alongside clients to build a trusting relationship, where things can be safely shared and answers found. Elaine is particularly interested in offering people tools for living well and for managing painful feelings. She has particular interest in working with issues of identity ("Who am I?'), depression, sexual abuse and anger-management, as well as working with individuals on how to get the best out of their relationships.
Maysoon Rassam - Te Atatu Peninsula & Glenfield
B. Couns.; Dip.CBT.; Ph. D. Biochem.; MNZCCA, ACC Provider, Bilingual Counsellor: English & Arabic
Maysoon loves people and relationships and has warm and friendly demeanor which helps clients to connect with her. She is deeply motivated, enthusiastic and compassionate about providing counselling services to adolescents, adults and families. Of particular interest to Maysoon is counselling clients who are experiencing the painful feelings of grief and loss, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, domestic violence and other relationship issues. She values holistic healing and can offer variety of tools to empower her clients for more fulfilled ways of being.
Mavis Seymour - Massey
Dip. Counselling (endorsed in Family Therapy) Adv. Cert. Dreamwork, MNZAC
Mavis has 15 years’ experience counselling and facilitating groups in the West Auckland community. She has extensive experience in the areas of family violence, family relationships and relationship with self. She also works alongside clients experiencing grief, depression and anxiety. Mavis uses dream-work as a way of enabling clients to gain insight and strength and to connect with their inner process. Working with people and families impacted by disability is of particular interest to Mavis.