Options Counselling - Debbie Penlington

Counselling for individuals
Achieve positive changes in your life with non-judgemental counselling for many issues including: building self confidence, assertiveness, anger management, parenting, trauma, loss and grief... find out more

Counselling for couples

Research proven counselling methods that will help create long-lasting improvements in your relationship... find out more

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Effective supervision by an experienced counsellor and former nurse, to support you to develop in your role as a health professional... find out more

Health and wellness including stress management

Counselling to help you optimise your life and relationships around chronic health issues, improve your general well being, and learning to manage stress before it leads to burnout... find out more

Cancer, Chronic Health Issues and your intimate, sexual relationships

Specialised counselling available to help rebuild your intimate relationships after cancer... find out more

Careers counselling
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General Counselling Information

How often and how long will the sessions be for?

The number and frequency of sessions varies depending on what the clients wish to achieve. This is explored in the first session and an indication given of the number of sessions likely to be required. I prefer to begin by seeing clients weekly. This enables us to get to know each other and for the clients to build trust in me. After 3 sessions we review the progress we have made and how many further sessions may be required.

Documentation of counselling.

I will keep written records of counselling sessions. These will be stored in a locked filing cabinet and clients will be welcome to review material related to them.

Everything a client shares with me will remain confidential unless they give me permission to share it or I believe they, or someone else, is at serious risk of imminent harm. In this case, I would discuss with the client/s who else needs to be involved. In addition to these situations, as a practicing counsellor under the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) Code of Ethics ( www.nzac.org.nz), I am required to attend supervision on a regular basis. Supervision provides an opportunity for me to discuss and receive feedback on my work. However at no time would clients be identifiable from the material I discuss in supervision sessions.


I want the counselling or supervision we do together to be a positive and valuable experience for you so I will welcome your feedback as to what is working well and what you may like to be done differently


If you have a question regarding counselling / supervision or my approach, please don't hesitate to drop me an email . If you would rather discuss your query, feel free to email or text me your phone number and I will call you. I will get back to you as soon as I am able and I try to respond by the end of the day you contact me.

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Counselling Costs

The fee for each 50 minute session is generally $100 plus GST. However, a sliding scale, based on income, is available for clients who find this amount difficult to pay. Fees are usually discussed and agreed prior to our first session. Fees are payable prior to, or on the day of the appointment, using cash, cheque or on line banking. I don't have eftpos / credit card facilities.

Some clients may be eligible for up to 10 counselling sessions funded by WINZ and as a member of NZAC I can provide this. To apply for this funding you will need to complete a form (Disability Certificate) which includes a statement from your doctor that they feel counselling is neccessary and will be of value to you.

Fees for students

I know that students studying courses in the helping professions, such as counselling or social work, may be required to participate in counselling and / or supervision during their education programme. The cost, which is on top of programme fees and other education expenses, can be very daunting. In recognition that students are the future workforce, I am happy to offer a reduced fee for students if they personally (not an employer) are meeting the costs of their counselling or supervision.

Cancellation or postponement

Appointment times are always in demand, so I appreciate as much notice as possible if you wish to cancel or postpone. Less than 24 hours notice will result in a charge equal to half the fee we have negotiated.

Options Counselling - Debbie Penlington
Debbie Penlington
Level 1 Churchill Building
45 Grey Street
Tauranga City Centre
Tauranga City 3110

Phone: 027 824 7518

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