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OUR ACC PROVIDERS

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Kathy Bennett 
- Henderson

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.

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Helen Dyer
-Henderson

B. Counselling, MNZAC, ACC provider

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.

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Frozan Esmati
- Henderson

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
 Trauma
 Organizational change
 Cross-cultural practice

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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.

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Su Fenwick 
- Henderson

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.

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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.

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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. 

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Sarah Hargreaves
- Glen Eden

PGDip Ed (Couns), GDip (Teaching), M.A (Development Studies), BA, NZAC (Full 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. 

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Young Han
-Birkdale/Glenfield

Ph.D. SW specialising in relationship counselling, MSW, SWRB, ANZASW, ACC Provider

Young offers a safe, empathetic, and non-judgemental environment for clients to share and explore their concerns. She uses a strengths-based approach to assist clients in developing holistic well-being. She has experience working with individual adults and couples with co-existing mental health and addictions issues. A particular area of interest of her is working with clients who have experienced trauma, such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, and grief
and loss, as well as depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties. Counselling sessions areavailable in English, Japanese, and Korean.

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Nicola Hubble
-Te Atatū

B. Couns., B. Ed., Dip. Teach.
MNZCCA​    

ACC Provider

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.

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In Hwa Jung
- Glen Eden, Newmarket, Henderson

Dip in Psychosynthesis Counselling, Dip in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy,
Postgrad. Dip in Health Science, BSP MNZAC, PBANZ, DAPAANZ, PAnzA
ACC provider

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.

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Louise Lansdown
- Henderson

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.

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Charlotte Letcher
-Henderson

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.

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Rachael Mason
- Henderson

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

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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.

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Elizabeth (Nam Sook) Park
-Birkdale

B. Couns., MNZAC,
ACC Provider

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.

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Jacqueline Pritchard 
-Snells Beach

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.

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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.

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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.

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Kim Taylor
-Henderson

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.

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Ann Welcome
– Mt Eden/Three Kings,
Henderson

PGCert. Health Sciences,

B.Couns, dapaanz registered Practitioner/Accredited Supervisor, Brainspotting Practitioner,

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.

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Yi Zhang
-Henderson

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

  • Relationship issues

 

Therapy approach

  • 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)

  • Mindfulness

  • Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

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Miriam Munoz-McKinney
-Henderson/Other areas

SWRB, ANZASW, BSoc (Social Work), PG Cert Cross Cultural Supervision, Dip Office Administration, Cert Te Ara Reo Level 1, 2, 3 &4

With a rich background spanning 15 years in social work, I have dedicated my career to serving communities in the domains of family harm, care, protection, and trauma. My approach is deeply holistic, grounded in the belief that every individual harbours innate strengths waiting to be unveiled.

My commitment to fostering inclusivity and fairness is unwavering. I advocate tirelessly to ensure that everyone I encounter receives equitable treatment, armed with comprehensive information to empower their decisions.

Beyond my professional endeavours, I am multilingual, fluent in Spanish and steadily advancing in my proficiency in Māori. This linguistic versatility not only facilitates effective communication but also serves as a potent icebreaker when engaging with new whānau within the community.

As I embark on this new venture in the ACC arena, I am eager to leverage my diverse skill set and unwavering dedication to make a meaningful impact in the lives of those I serve. Each challenge is an opportunity for growth, and I approach this transition with optimism and enthusiasm.

My passion for databases and computers extends beyond the confines of work, evolving into a fervent hobby. This enthusiasm translates into a proficiency that enables me to navigate administrative tasks swiftly and efficiently, bolstering my effectiveness in supporting those under my care.

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Hanna Abebe-Cope

MSc Counselling, PGDip Counselling, Adv.Cert Counselling, BSc Psych

Hanna is a holistic counsellor who invites the wisdom of the body and mind in therapy, to
help people in the areas of anxiety, stress, identity, personal growth and more. She has a compassionate approach that allows her to connect with clients with ease. Hanna is a fully qualified, person-centered counsellor, integrating different modalities and techniques including, CBT, ACT, Polyvagal therapies and Mindfulness.  
​She has a background in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Counselling. For her
research thesis, she explored how different centering practices help enhance overall
wellbeing, which continues to be an area of interest. She is also trained in Somatic
movements, which help balance and nourish the nervous system.​
Hanna loves working with people from all walks of life, cultures and ages. 

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Elizabeth Brett

Grad. Dip Pyschotherapy
M Pscyhotherapy

PBANZ

I am a Pākehā New Zealander, born in Auckland. I grew up beneath the shadow of Maungakiekie and by the shores of the Manukau. I graduated from the Psychotherapy Masters programme at AUT in 2022. My research interests include biculturalism, whiteness, settler identity, and relationship to land.

I work primarily with adults and older young people (18-25). I have experience in working with clients dealing with grief, depression, anxiety, whakamā, adoption issues, disordered eating, maternal ambivalence, relationship difficulties, sexual violence, childhood trauma, abuse, ADHD, questions around sexual or gender identity, religious trauma, and with clients who are experiencing sadness or lack of satisfaction in their lives that feels harder to define.

I practice therapy because I believe in our capacity to live deeply and meaningfully, to mourn old wounds and to let go of old patterns, to come to know ourselves with honesty and compassion.

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Shikha David

 B. Counselling, B. ASc. (Env. Health) Provisional Membership with NZCCA 

Shikha completed her Bachelor’s degree in counselling at Laidlaw College in 2022. Shikha’s heart is to journey with people (children, adolescents and adults) in their waka as they slowly and gently unravel their heart narrative of pain, grief and trauma. Her passion is to come alongside people, and discover their gold in them, in the sacred space, as they share their deep struggles. Shikha migrated from India more than 20 years ago and can speak Hindi, Urdu and English fluently. She has a background in working with people from various cultures in public health service for more than 10 years, which has been instrumental in her richness of life experience. Shikha has two teenage children and she is currently enjoying her new hobby of gardening.

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Julie Reddy

M.Couns, PGDip Counselling Theory, BSc. Earth and Ocean Sciences, MNZAC (provisional)

After transitioning careers from environmental and health sciences, Julie has found her passion as a counsellor where she is honoured to walk alongside children, young people and adults as they more deeply experience themselves in the counselling space. She is completing her Master’s degree at the University of Auckland this year, with her research focused on understanding parents experiences within child counselling. Julie is inspired to help others through difficult life challenges including abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, interpersonal relationships and identity issues (gender, sexuality, spiritual etc.). Her eclectic knowledge and skills provide her with a kete of strength-based counselling methods to support diverse clients needs including play therapy/child counselling, DBT, mindfulness, sand tray, creative expression, narrative therapy as well as others. As a mother of two children, Julie is passionate about supporting parents and their children in other social community initiatives as well.

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