OUR ACC PROVIDERS
Kathy Bennett - Te Atatu Peninsula
B. Couns, PGDipHS, MNZCCA, ACC Provider
Kathy enjoys working with young people and adults. She offers a range of counselling including support for sexual abuse, grief, anxiety and depression. Kathy uses narrative and strength-based approaches to build nourishing life-stories that develop the identity and hopes and values of a client. 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 is a Seasons Group and DBT Group facilitator (Dialectic Behaviour Therapy), and is interested in helping equip clients with skills for living life well.
Jillian Butterworth - Henderson
Member of NZCCP (NZ College of Clinical Psychologists) and STNZ (Sex Therapy New Zealand)
Jillian is a Clinical Psychologist who works with adults (and couples) and has an interest in sexual trauma and sexual health. Jillian works with clients who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, sexual difficulties, PTSD, DID, and LGBTI+ related difficulties. The focus of Jillian's training was psychodynamic, but she is also trained in CBT, systems therapies, and feminist therapy, as well as hypnosis and EMDR. Jillian has a background of working in psychiatric hospitals, correctional facilities, NPOs, and private practice. ACC registered.
Dianne Everest - Massey
B. Couns., MNZCCA,
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
Su 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 - Ranui
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.
Maeva Grzes - Mt Albert
B. Psych., M. Clin Psych., Member of NZPSS., Member of SAARNA., ACC Registered
Maeva is a registered clinical psychologist who is passionate about helping others live their best lives. Maeva believes in client empowerment and uses a compassion focused, strength-based approach drawing on cognitive behavioural and systemic therapies, tailoring her approach in collaboration with her clients to best their needs. Maeva has worked with a wide variety of people in aged care, outpatient mental health and forensic settings. Her primary areas of interest include sexuality and sexual health, relationships, recovery from trauma alongside her expertise in forensic assessment and treatment. Maeva is fluent in French and English and practices in a culturally safe manner with people of all cultures.
Sarah Hargreaves- Te Atatu Peninsula and Henderson
PGDip Ed (Couns), GDip (Teaching), M.A (Development Studies), BA, MNZAC, ACC Provider.
Sarah is an experienced counsellor who works with adolescents and adults to help them overcome struggles and lead more fulfilling lives. Sarah takes pride in providing the best counselling service for individuals that need support for a range of emotional and mental wellbeing issues. As a counsellor, her goal is to equip her clients with an increased understanding of themselves, tools and strategies for healing and change, mental and emotional wellbeing, and to feel empowered and re-connected to themselves and others. Having experienced the benefits of counselling herself, she believes that clients have the ability to discover and determine what is best for them. She has worked within educational, forensic and drug and alcohol treatment settings in New Zealand.
In Hwa Jung - Glen Eden and Newmarket
Dip in Psychosynthesis Counselling, Dip in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy,
Postgrad. Dip in Health Science, BSP MNZAC, PBANZ, DAPAANZ, PAnzA
In Hwa is an experienced individuals’ and couples’ counsellor,
psychotherapist and supervisor. He has many years of experience working
successfully with clients with mental health, trauma, addiction, sexual identity,
relationship and cross-cultural issues.
In Hwa is competent to assist people to find purpose, meaning and value in
their life journey, and to help them become freer and improve their life quality.
In Hwa was born in Korea but emigrated to New Zealand 30 years ago.
Counselling sessions can be conducted in Korean and English.
Matthew Kalloor - Te Atatu Peninsula
MHSc (Psychology), PG Dip Counselling Psychology, MNZPsS, ACC provider
Mat is a registered counselling psychologist with extensive experience in trauma work, coaching, mentoring and training. He brings a holistic, client centred approach to his work. Mat will explore the 'what', 'how' and 'why' of your psychological experiences and their impact on decision making, performance, relationships and well-being. His clinical roles have been in the private, public and non-profit sector and he is trained in a number of research based modalities such as ACT, CBT, DBT, MI and Neuro-psychotherapy.
Louise Lansdown - Te Atatu Peninsula
B. Social Work, Cert. CBT, Cert. REBT, Cert.Supervision, ACC registered
Louise is a skilled Counsellor and ACC Therapist, who is experienced in working with mental health and emotional wellbeing issues. She is ACC accredited and works across a range of counselling modalities, including CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Louise works within a trauma informed and integrative approach, and also works with a wide range of other concerns and problems you may be experiencing, including depression, anxiety, grief, significant life events and stress.
Rachel Mason- Oratia
PGDip Couns, Grad Dip Addiction Studies, MA and BA Hons (English Literature), DAPAANZ and NZAC
Rachael provides a warm, empathetic and non-judgemental space for clients to explore their presenting issues. Rachael’s breadth of training and experience allows for a subtle blend of approaches which are attuned to each individual client including person-centred, mindfulness, emotional regulation, and cognitive behavioural therapy. Central to her practice is the belief that the therapeutic relationship is the most healing part of the process with a strong focus on fostering self-compassion and acceptance.
In addition to being registered as an ACC counsellor Rachael has extensive experience of working in the addictions’ field both in the UK and NZ
Elaine McConnell - Glen Eden
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. 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. Bilingual Counsellor: English & Arabic.
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.
Paula Yeatman - Parnell and Remuera
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. 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
Melanie Woodham is a Clinical Psychologist who works 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, and children in out-of-home placements. Melanie is an EMDR practitioner.
Ann Welcome – Mt Eden/Three Kings, Te Atatu Peninsula
PGCert. Health Sciences, B.Couns, dapaanz registered Practitioner/Accredited Supervisor, ACC Provider
Ann migrated from Malaysia (of Chinese ethnicity) more than 20 years ago, is married to a New Zealander and is mother of two teenage boys. Ann works with individuals and couples who are struggling with life transitions, migration issues, feeling stuck, anxiety, trauma, depression, addictions, grief, stress and feeling overwhelmed. She works in a holistic way (mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing). She uses a variety of therapeutic modalities and skills to empower her clients to move towards a more purposeful and fulfilling life, to grow psychological flexibility and learn skills to better manage difficult thoughts and feelings.