As the founder of New Hope Counselling Services I have several years of experience and qualifications gained from working in different aspects of early childhood, school environments, counselling, parenting consultant, pastoral ministry, and as a course developer and facilitator.
My special concerns include community well-being and working with people to help them reach their full potential.
My qualifications are in counselling, parenting and areas that help others understand their personal journey.
I am a Provisional Member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors and the New Zealand Christian Counsellors Association.
Private consultations are available for couples, and families: Contact the office for more information.
Appointments and Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, from 9.30am - 6.30 also the first and third Saturday mornings of the month. Please note the office is open by appointment only.
Please contact the office for more information and to book an appointment.
Cost: These vary according to the type of service required and times. Evening and Saturday appointments are at a higher fee. Please contact the office for more information.
Payment: We do not use EFTPOS, our preferred payment is cash or internet as it helps keep costs to a minimum.
This quote by Brené Brown is instrumental in how to lead a life knowing who you are, and not allowing your personal worth to be determined by others’ opinions of you.
It can often feel uncomfortable sharing parts of our life story with others, there are things to take into consideration.
What is the relationship you have with the person you are wanting to share with?
Are the other people matured mentally and emotionally enough to understand the content, this can include the age of the person involved?
What is the life experience of those in the conversation, often when not matched, the story can and is often misunderstood?
Is what you are going to share, speak of the freedom you have now and how it has added to your growth or is something else what is the motive in your sharing the experiences.
Timing and boundaries are important for having conversations.
The above is just a few tips of preparing to share your story, often there are people around that can offer support when life is tough. Having someone listen as the experience is eternised helps restore healing and develops growth.
If, however, by being shut- down, undervalued, manipulated, or coached into another person’s version of you, the power of your story/ testimony is comprised.
This leads to behaviours which undermine the truth of who you are and at best you can be trying to live someone else’s version of you.
At first it is not easy to become vulnerable, it does take courage, boldness, hope, faith and truth to believe in yourself.
Choosing who and when to share your story with is paramount, as it promotes healing, sense of belonging, inner strength, self-worth, and ownership.
The challenge I put to you as you read this is:
What is your heart’s passion, what is the dream that is within you, when was the last time you asked the questions?
Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going?
You are here because you are unique, nobody can take your place and the world needs what you have to offer. If you haven’t looked at your gifts and talents that you have, now is the time to start.
The Past can not be changed, we live in the present, plan for the future.