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.
Judy Dawson - Massey & Glen Eden
B. Counselling, ACC Provider, MNZCCA
Judy is an ACC approved counsellor who has extensive experience working with individuals and couples who are experiencing a variety of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, stress, anger, grief, parenting issues, and a wide range of traumatic experiences. Judy is a trained Imago couples’ therapist. Her work with couples includes reconnecting partners and helping to develop quality communication skills. She teaches practical DBT skills in a group setting with ACC clients. Judy has a down to earth friendly style of practice which makes her an easy person to talk to. She provides a safe and compassionate space for clients to explore their situations and focus on client centred solutions. Judy describes herself as Maori/pakeha and was raised in Tāmaki Makaurau.
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 - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Naomi is an Arts Therapist, and her 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.
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.
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. She has a wealth of experience in individual therapy and group facilitation. Libby specialises in working with trauma, however, she enjoys working with a wide range of personal concerns. Modalities: Person Centred, Narrative, CBT, Interactive Drawing Therapy, PSI Integration and Trauma Therapy, Symbol Work, Small Figures.
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.
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.
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. 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.