Our ACC Providers
Kathy Bennett - Te Atatu Peninsula
B. Couns, PGDipHSc, 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 five mokopuna.
Dianne Everest - Massey
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
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 works with anxiety, depression, assertive communication, self-esteem, grief, inner child work, and uses a number of modalities. She particularly enjoys using Interactive Drawing Therapy. Susan has a high working knowledge of DBT (Dialectic Behaviour Therapy) and related skills. 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 - Whangaparaoa
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.
Melanie Woodham - Glen Eden
My name is Melanie Woodham and I have been working as a Clinical Psychologist since 1999. I am registered with the NZ Psychologists Board and am a member of the NZ Psychological Society and the Institute of Clinical Psychologists. I work with children, youth and families in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of psychological and mental health difficulties such as: 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. I am an EMDR practitioner.
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 - Glenfield/Albany
B. Couns.; Dip.CBT.; Ph. D. Biochem.; MNZCCA, Accredited certified EFT practitioner, ACC Provider
Maysoon loves people and relationships and has a warm and friendly demeanor which helps clients to connect with her. She is deeply motivated, enthusiastic and compassionate about providing counselling services to adults, and to couples who are looking into nurturing their relationship. Of particular interest to Maysoon is counselling clients who have been through traumatic experiences, in particular sexual abuse, and painful emotions including grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and domestic violence. She values holistic healing and likes to attend to the physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing. She uses a variety of tools and skills to empower her clients to live a more fulfilled life. Bilingual Counsellor: English & Arabic.
Libby Taylor - Whangaparaoa
B.Couns, Dip. Couns. MNZCCA, ACC Provider
Libby provides a safe therapeutic environment to help people sensitively explore their areas of concern. With experience gained in several contexts, she has the ability to connect with people of all ages and ethnicities. Libby brings to her work, a wealth of experience in individual therapy and group facilitation, working with adults and those who are 18 and over. Libby specialises in working with trauma, however, she enjoys working with a wide range of personal concerns including anxiety, depression, self esteem, anger, spiritual issues, grief, destructive patterns of behaviour and negative thinking. Modalities: Person Centred, Narrative, Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, Interactive Drawing Therapy, PSI Integration and Trauma Therapy, Symbol Work, Small Figures.
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.
Naomi Pears- Scown - Orewa
BA (Social Anthropology & Religious Studies), MAAT (Clin) (Hons), AThR, ANZACATA Registered Clinical Arts Therapist, ACC Provider
Naomi has a background in the sexual violence, mental health, and disability sectors and is passionate about supporting people to access their innate creativity and improve their wellbeing. Her personalised approach is trauma-informed, strengths-based, mindful, and person-centred. Her style and personality is gentle, sensitive, grounded, and compassionate. As an Arts Therapist, Naomi provides prompts and materials as starting points to help anchor clients and honour their experiences. This then leads clients to express and explore their inner worlds in a safe, contained, and creative way. Naomi’s areas of interest are in anxiety, attachment issues, body image and eating disorders, child behaviour and development, communication skills, depression, grief and loss, identity, personal development, PTSD, self esteem and confidence, self harm, stress and trauma.
Jillian Butterworth - Avondale
I am a clinical psychologist from South Africa registered with the NZ Psychologists Board. I work with adults and have an interest in sexual trauma and sexual health. I work with clients who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, sexual difficulties, PTSD, DID, and LGBTI+ related difficulties. The focus of my training was psychodynamic, but I am also trained in CBT, systems therapies, and feminist therapy. I have also been trained in hypnosis and EMDR. I work for Corrections and ACC.
Toni Penaia - Te Atatu South
BA Psych, MEd Psych, PG Dip Ed, ACC provider
Toni is a Registered Psychologist who enjoys working with both adolescents and adults, who have experienced trauma and associated issues. Toni works in partnership with clients to help them achieve goals, resiliency, and self empowerment. Toni has a non judgemental, supportive, and strength based approach.
Vic Hathaway - Te Atatu Peninsula
MNZAC; PGDipCouns; B.Ed; Dip.Tchg, ACC Registered
Vic enjoys working with people across all age brackets, including children, adolescents and young adults. As a trained teacher and guidance counsellor, she is aware of the issues and pressures that young people face in today’s world. Vic uses an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy framework, which encourages clients to move in their valued direction with self-compassion and purpose. She enjoys equipping clients with practical ideas and tools to help manage anxiety, depression and any other issues they are dealing with.