Christine (Intern – Level 2)

Communication Issues, Depression, Grief and Loss, Anxiety, Narrative Counselling, Parenting, Tauranga

BCouns, DipOT, Prov MNZCCA

Christine is a recently qualified counsellor who brings her 17 years working as an Occupational Therapist, together with her life experience as a wife and mother of teenagers, to her counselling practice. She has worked extensively with people of all ages and life stages including children and families. She has experience co-facilitating self-development courses for women and grief and loss programmes for children. Her experience includes working with clients on the Autistic Spectrum.

Christine is passionate about helping couples and individuals to explore problematic issues and identify negative patterns and triggers, which often lead to disconnection and a feeling of hopelessness. She provides a genuine, empathic, and non-judgmental space to help clients move forward in their lives to a place where there is positive change and hope.

Christine is trained in Client-Centred Therapy, CBT, Narrative Therapy and has completed an externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). She is also trained in Gottman and PORT (Presence Oriented Relationship Therapy) and is undergoing intensive training to further develop her skills.

Christine offers her clients:

• Empathy – her capacity to listen deeply with compassion provides a safe, non-judgemental space for clients to grow 
• Respect – she values each client’s experience and unique perspectives
A commitment to helping clients understand their lives better and change to achieve new outcomes
Tools to help clients develop greater connection

Please note: Relate offers affordable counselling with Interns, who are qualified and experienced counsellors, training to become specialists in couples therapy. As the Interns progress through their training, their rate increases, from $40 to $100 for individual appointments and from $60 to $150 for couples appointments. The internship usually takes 12 months, so these increases are likely to happen across several months, but within the first year of therapy.

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