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Counsellor Profiles

Our Counsellors are supported by the Skylight Clinical Leader Ariella Moscoso Lira and the Counselling Coordinator Sarah Medlicott.

Sherine Mettini
Counsellor (Wellington & Hutt Valley)
Professional Member NZAC

Sherine Mettini is a professional counsellor trained at WelTec and life-coach who works with children, young people, adults and families to sort through their challenging issues and collaboratively find solutions. Sherine's counselling approach provides a safe place to explore feelings, a non-judgemental environment, respect and acceptance, a gentle inquisitive attitude and the opportunity for clients to work at their own pace.

Maria Lloyd
Counsellor (Wellington & Hutt Valley)
Provisional Member NZAC

Maria is experienced in working with women from diverse backgrounds that are facing different challenges in life and is currently expanding her scope to include working with families and children. Maria encourages clients to identify their difficulties and concerns by using various types of therapies, including Client Centred Practice and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She aims to guide clients to realise their inner strength and helps them to build their resilience, so they can develop more satisfying and resourceful ways of living.

Vivienne Wolff
Counsellor (Kapiti)
Professional Member NZAC
 

Vivienne has a Bachelor of Counselling and Diploma of Health and Human Development. She has worked as a counsellor with Living Well Counselling Centre in Levin for a number of years and recently set up private practice in Paraparaumu. Vivienne works with older children (and their families), teens and adults in a way that suits them, drawing on many different approaches including person centred counselling, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and others. The therapeutic relationship that is develop throughout the counselling process is of paramount importance to the way she works, being in a holistic and non-judgemental manner.

Ceit Robinson
Counsellor (Kapiti and Porirua)
Provisional Member NZAC
 

Ceit is a professional counsellor based in Kapiti and Porirua. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, and a Diploma of Trauma Management. She is completing her Masters Degree in 2017, and has recently set up her private practice on the Kapiti Coast. She has worked with women and women’s issues, children and youth, and their families. Ceit uses a client-centred approach, but also incorporates elements of other approaches, including narrative therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), into her practice.Ceit creates a safe and supportive space to collaborate and work towards your goals.

Jacqueline Pritchard
Counsellor (Hibiscus Coast)
Provisional Member NZAC
 

Jacqueline has worked with women's issues, children, youth and adults, in exploring and overcoming challenging issues. Jacqueline uses a pluralistic approach, tailored to suit each client by drawing from differnt therapies across the counselling spectrum e.g. Person-centred Practice, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapty). Emphasis is placed on building strength, building resilience and on working towards achieving identified goals. Jacqueline provides a safe and confidential space where clients can freely express themselves, without judgement or prejudice.

David Stockdale
Counsellor (Wellington & Hutt Valley)
Provisional Member NZAC

David has a Bachelor in Counselling degree and he is provisional member of the NZAC. He has experience working with youth and specialized in working with children and teens with anxiety issues.David practices as a pluralistic counsellor capable of drawing from a wide range of practice modalities to best meet the needs of his clients. He is a passionate youth worker, always maintaining a positive attitude and focused on providing the best possible counselling and support for those he works with.

Adebisi Riwanou
Counsellor (Wellington)
Provisional Member NZAC

Adé is a professional pluralist counsellor based in central Wellington. She has a Masters Degree in Counselling Studies. Adé takes a collaborative and relaxed person centred approach to counselling and has mainly worked with young people and adults. She also uses elements of emotion focused therapy, narrative therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy in her work to support people to make positive changes in their lives.

Liz Gow
Counsellor (Whangarei and Northland)
Provisional Member NZAC
 

Liz has a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling – Narrative Therapy and a BSc in Occupational Therapy.Liz has worked in mental health, a disordered eating service and hospice. Currently she works in private practice mostly with adolescents and adults. Liz also facilitates workshops and programmes to promote body confidence, self-esteem and critical thinking for young people.

Sarah Markham
Counsellor (Auckland)
Professional Member NZAC

Sarah is a Skylight Counsellor in Auckland. She has experience working alongside children, young people, families and adults. She supports clients to move forward with a new found confidence and awareness. She uses a client lead counselling approach incorporating narrative therapy, CBT and play therapy.

Viola Beintken
Counsellor (Auckland)
Provisional Member NZAC

Viola has a Master's Degree master’s degree in Special Education, Psychology and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Since obtaining her counselling qualification in 2014, she has been in private practice, providing individual and family counselling, offering community courses and parenting support. In addition, I am counsellor at CAB Mt Roskill.

Shanti Rajan
Counsellor (New Plymouth and Taranaki Region)
Professional Member NZAC

Shanti has a Masters Degree of Counselling and has worked as a counsellor for over 15 years. She specializes in Mental Health related issues such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss and post-traumatic stress disorder. Shanti speaks a number of languages as is able to work with people from a diversity of cultural backgrounds and ethnicities through an approach of mutual respect, empathy and patience.

Kate Scott
Counselling Psychologist (Christchurch)
Professional member NZ Psychologists Board

Kate is a Registered Psychologist and Play Therapist working with young children, teens and adults. She works with grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, stress and depression, difficulties around gender expression, poor self-esteem, self-efficacy and motivation. She also works with children experiencing social, emotional and cognitive challenges at school. Her therapy style person-centered and uses tools and techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy. Her style is influenced by attachment theory and an eco-systemic paradigm, facilitating client’s self-exploration, growth and healing through a therapeutic alliance characterized by warmth, congruence, and non-judgemental acceptance of their reality.

Kiersten Kneisel
Counsellor (Wellington)
Provisional NZAC member

Kiersten has a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy, she has worked and studied in the U.S.A, Australia, and New Zealand, and is currently working on her PhD at the University of Auckland. She has training in individual counselling, marriage and family therapy, which includes working with children, and has experience in working with issues such as grief, trauma, family break down and mental health issues. Amongst her interests is the role of research in neuroscience and how it can be used to increase counselling efficacy. Kiersten uses a integrative family systems approach aimed at helping clients to overcome barriers and connect in a new way.

Louise Rolfe
Counsellor (Wellington and Hutt Valley)
Provisional NZAC member

Louise has a Bachelor of Counselling and has worked in Kapiti with women of all ages, experiencing a wide range of issues. She has also worked with parents experiencing a broad range of parenting issues and feels passionate about supporting families – she has five children of her own and has first-hand experience of the challenges of being a parent. Louise uses a client centred approach and incorporates elements of Narrative, Solution Focussed and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as other approaches – depending on the needs of the client. She aims to support clients to draw on their own strengths, enabling them to identify their own solutions.

Jackie Calder
Counsellor (Wellington)
Provisional NZAC member

Jackie has a Diploma in Counselling and has worked as a Counsellor for over 15 years. Using a person centred approach Jackie works with adults, youth and children. A particular area of speciality for Jackie is working with children who have experienced trauma, loss, grief, anxiety and other issues that children may struggle with. Jackie uses sandtray therapy, drawing and play therapy in her work.

Skylight Counselling is confidential, unless there is a serious risk of danger to the client and/or others.

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