OUR ACC PROVIDERS
- Te Atatu Peninsula
B. Couns, PGDipHS, MNZCCA,
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.
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.
B. Counselling, MNZAC
Helen loves sitting with people and journeying alongside them as they deal with the deeper and more personal issues that life brings. She sees it as an absolute privilege to be able to hear others’ stories and support them as they shift through their thoughts and emotions in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Helen is passionate about working with teenagers and adults who are dealing with a range of issues. She has been trained in Narrative therapy and PCT, but likes to work eclectically; drawing from many different areas that might help support each client (i.e. DBT; psychotherapeutic models; transactional analysis; and mindfulness). She has a background in working as a support worker in both adult mental health and a residential eating disorder service. Helen loves to paint in her spare time and has two small children.
Master of Clinical Psychology and Master of Arts. Registered Clinical Psychologist with New
Zealand Psychologist Board and ACC Sensitive Claims. Member of NZPs.
Frozan Esmati has a varied background, working as a clinical psychologist in New Zealand and regional consultant psychologist for East Asia and The Pacific region of the World Bank (covering 26 countries). She has more than ten years of experience working as a psychologist for various presenting problems (PTSD, Depression, Personality Disorders, Anxiety etc.) using multiple
therapeutic modalities, including CBT, DBT, ACT and EMDR. Frozan also provides supervision to clinicians working with trauma.
Areas of specific knowledge and expertise:
Adult Mental Health
ACC sensitive claim assessment and treatment
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Glen Eden
PGDip Ed (Couns), GDip (Teaching), M.A (Development Studies), BA, NZAC (Provisional Member), ACC Provider.
Sarah is an experienced counsellor who works with adolescents and adults to help them overcome struggles and lead more fulfilling lives. As a counsellor, she enjoys supporting her clients to gain 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.
B. Couns., B. Ed., Dip. Teach.
Nicola is a counsellor who loves building warm, trusting therapeutic relationships with children, youth and adults. She provides a non- judgmental and affirming space where clients can discover their own
hidden strengths, a pathway to wellbeing and hope for the future. Client choice, empowerment and valuing culture and uniqueness, are features of her practice.
She sees people who experience a range of challenges such as anxiety, depression, loss, low self-esteem and past trauma/abuse.
She is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Systemic Family Practices and has a client-centred, trauma-responsive approach.
In Hwa Jung
- Glen Eden
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.
- 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.
- Te Atatu Peninsula
B. Social Work, Cert. CBT, Cert. REBT, Cert.Supervision,
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.
PGDip Counselling Theory, Bachelor Ed (Teaching), NZAC (Provisional Member)
Charlotte is passionate about the life stories of children, young people and adults being heard and validated. As a counsellor, she is interested in supporting people through grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, identity, eating difficulties and relationship/family issues. Charlotte has a background in primary school teaching and guidance counselling, therefore offering specific knowledge, skills and experience with children and young people. She believes that all people need a safe space to share, to explore and to grow in their understanding of their strengths, their unique story and their place in the world. She feels privileged to walk alongside people during some of their most challenging times with compassion and respect and does this by incorporating a range of different therapeutic approaches and strategies into her counselling work. Charlotte is trained and experienced in Person-Centred Therapy, Narrative Therapy, CBT, DBT, ACT and Play Therapy.
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
- 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.
Elizabeth (Nam Sook) Park
B. Couns., MNZAC,
Elizabeth's passion lies in embarking on journeys with clients who seek to discover new paths towards healing and starting afresh through counselling.
Her extensive counselling experience has mainly focused on addressing issues related to family violence, trauma, depression, anxiety, anger management, relationship dynamics, stress management, postnatal depression, parenting challenges, and cases of sexual abuse.
Elizabeth's counselling approach is dedicated to empowering her clients, fostering a sense of safety, and promoting healing. She takes great pleasure in working with individuals of a
wide range of ages and diverse ethnic backgrounds.
Bilingual Counsellor: English & Korean.
B.Couns, Diploma in Counselling, Post Graduate in Education (Counselling & Guidance),
ACC registered, NZAC
I offer professional counselling services to assist individuals who are searching for healing in their lives or who are struggling. My counselling approach is integrative, flexible and diverse and each person is treated as the unique individual that they are. My practice is underpinned by an empathic and non-judgemental approach and I work alongside individuals in a caring and supportive manner. I am dedicated and energetic when working with people in achieving their
goals; making sense of their life experiences and rewriting their life stories. I am committed to life-long learning and education, as well as to professional and personal growth.
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.
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.
B.Counselling, Cert.Business & Law,
Full Member of NZAC
ACC Sensitive Claims Provider
Kim is a mother of four adult children and has experienced the ups and downs of relationships, parenting and life. Her passion to support, empower and restore people’s sense of worth and value has led her to counselling.
Individuals are the experts on themselves and know what is best for them. Kim works to help people see themselves as separate from the problems they are facing. We are not the problem, but we do face problems.
The starting point is listening to people’s stories. Through hearing what has happened to people we can make sense of the problems they face. Kim helps people begin to see themselves without the limiting stereotypes and labels assigned to them by family and society. It is through identifying and reconnecting with our strengths and abilities we can begin to see hope, choice and the possibility of change.
Kim believes in the unalterable value and mana of people. Nothing that a person does or has done to them, can alter their value or worth. Our past experiences do not need to dictate our future.
– Mt Eden/Three Kings,
Te Atatu Peninsula
PGCert. Health Sciences,
B.Couns, dapaanz registered Practitioner/Accredited Supervisor, Brainspotting Practitioner,
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.
MAppPsy, PGDipPsychPrac, GradDipTchg(Sec), BMus
New Zealand Registered Psychologist, EMDR trained
Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, ACC Sensitive Claims Registered Provider, ACC Physical Injury Registered Provider
Bilingual: English & Mandarin
Areas of special interest:
Sexual trauma, childhood trauma, trauma processing
Anxiety & depression
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)