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Learn about the natural health benefits of Counselling & find an Counselling practitioner/clinic in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to assist you further within New Zealand.


Origin:  Austria/America
Founded: Sigmund Freud; Established ‘Psychoanalysis’ (1881)
Carl Rogers; Established ‘Person Centred/Humanistic Approach’ (1940s/1950s)
Therapy Type:  Mind-Body


Counselling | The Wellness Directory Counselling consists of an extensive and wide-ranging category of therapeutic assistance.  Organisations under the umbrella of counselling therapy include; 'Relate', which help with relationship and marriage issues, 'Cruise' which supports individuals in coping with bereavement.  ‘Mind’ assists with particular illnesses, conditions or mental health problems, or very specific help, in looking at relationship or life crises that culminated in childhood.

Counselling enables exploration into the conscious and subconscious world of thoughts and feelings, examining current and past experiences, using a different perspective, to discover new or alternative ways to cope with issues and/or resolve personal conflicts or difficulties.  Through the understanding of obstacles and the application of new strategies, a client’s life can significantly improve.

When choosing a therapist, the client needs to consider and be able to feel that a sense of trust can be formed with the therapist, as the client needs to feel safe and secure when opening themselves and revealing their feelings, fears or experiences.

Utilizing the skills of counseling therapy is of equal importance to seeking help for a physical condition.  If any problems occur with any particular counselor a client may seek the assistance of different therapist.


Counselling may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:

  • Abdominal Pain    
  • Abuse    
  • Addiction – Alcohol/Drugs
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Agoraphobia            
  • Amnesia            
  • Anger Management    
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks    
  • Autism                
  • Asperger’s Syndrome            
  • Bereavement        
  • Bipolar Disorder        
  • Bullying                
  • Depression                
  • Diagnosed Disorders/Diseases    
  • Digestive Disorders    
  • Disability Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Erectile Problems    
  • Trauma
  • Fainting    
  • Gender Identity Issues    
  • Grief/Betrayal
  • HIV
  • Hyperhidrosis/Excessive Sweating
  • Impotence
  • Insomnia
  • Low Self Worth/Esteem
  • Migraines
  • Nightmares
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder                
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Psychosomatic Disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Harm/Injury
  • Sexual Addiction/Abuse
  • Stress – Emotional/Physical
  • Suicidal Thoughts/Attempts
  • Trauma
  • Vertigo
  • Withdrawal Symptoms


Counselling is a relatively short-term therapy.  Sessions usually last between 45 minutes to an hour and the frequency of sessions is dependent on the problem.  For example, crisis situations would require several sessions within a short span of time. Most people will attend one session per week until improvement is seen.

Counsellors will adopt various approaches and techniques within their specialist area. These approaches could be just listening, which gives the client the opportunity to talk and free themselves of their problems.  An interactive, practically based therapy is also used by some therapist, which uses techniques such as breathing, visualization, inner child work, regression and hypnotherapy to access deeper levels.

During the consultation, all that is required is that you talk about what is bothering you as openly and honestly as you can. The counselor will listen and respond to your worries and fears, with respect and understanding, enabling you to gain a deeper insight of them so you can deal with them successfully and more easily.

During the sessions the counsellor will vary their area of discussion and how much talking they do within the session.  Counsellors will always work alongside the client, however they will encourage a client to do things that they are capable of, for example a therapist may set ‘homework’ aimed to develop coping or communication skills or to support self esteem or promote positive behaviours.  Confidentiality is always strictly maintained, unless in the rare instance, they consider the client to be a risk to themselves or others.


Counselling is a safe therapy for everyone. Clients often feel a sense of relief after the initial session, as there is often a physical sensation of a weight being lifted from their shoulders.  However, it is wise to carry out some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as the NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC).  Counsellors are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment.  These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.

The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified professional Counsellors within your region.  We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.

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