Kathleen Huitema (BaSocSci, MNZAC, associate AANZPA)As a counselor I believe that everyone has the potential to change and move beyond feeling overwhelmed, unhappy, anxious, frustrated, lonely, isolated or stuck. With support and information, you can resolve past issues and make the changes needed to live life to its full potential. Talking to a counsellor, somebody other than a friend or relative, can provide you with an opportunity to express and explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, without guilt or feelings of being judged. My approach is warm, professional and down to earth. My commitment is wholehearted and genuine.
As a practitioner ....
I am a fully registered member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) and an associate member of the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association (AANZPA). As such I abide by their Codes of Ethics and am accountable to them. To ensure a high quality of service I regularly review my work through supervision, professional and personal development.
My Qualifications and registrations ....
Bachelor of Applied Social Sciences (Counselling)
Registered Member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC)
Associate Member of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association (AANZPA)
Registered ACC Sensitive Claims Provider
Employment Assistance Provider for OCP, Workplace Support and Benestar
People seek counselling for a variety of reasons .....
Sometimes the difficulties and challenges of our daily lives can overwhelm us and may impact upon our relationships, our work or our personal and professional judgements.
You may have experienced a sudden change or crisis in your life, or you may feel that you are unable get a perspective on the way you are reacting to something. A counsellor can help to show you what is actually happening, and how to regain your balance.
If you are having difficulties in your personal life then counselling will give you an opportunity to explore these issues with someone who is trained to help you and support you through a bad patch. I can help you to understand more about yourself and what you are feeling and experiencing.
Counselling is a resource to be used when you need support with emotional and personal problems, when you’re going through a sticky patch, a crisis, a period of confusion or depression, or just looking for a way to know yourself better and get more out of life.
I have a Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling) degree and a wealth of personal experience to draw on. I am a Registered Member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC) and an Associate Member of Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association (AANZPA).
My professional training has concentrated on; Rogerian PCC (Person Centred Counselling), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), SFT (Solution Focused Therapy) and Psychodrama. I continue to train in Psychodrama with the Centre for Experiential Learning and Development, under the wing of AANZPA.
Before coming to your first counselling session with me it can be helpful for you to read my Counselling Agreement. This will save you and I some time during our first session together and give you an idea of how we will work together.