Paula Partington - Psychotherapist My Experience I have been working in counselling and psychotherapy since 1990, in the UK and New Zealand. Prior to practicing in New Zealand, I worked in Psychology Departments in the National Health Service with adults, children and adolescents, as well as individuals, couples and groups.
I also gained experience in residential social work and special needs education, as well as in working non-governmental organisations (NGO’s).
Additionally, I worked in my private counselling and psychotherapy practice, and supervised counsellors and trainee psychologists. In New Zealand I have worked in NGO’s and in private practice with adults, children, adolescents and their families, as well as with deaf clients, and specialise in working with disordered eating and body image issues.
I currently supervise counsellors, psychotherapists, and those in allied fields, and tutor counselling students working towards their degree.
My experience also includes substantial post trauma and resiliency work in Christchurch and Canterbury with children and families, schools and organisations, as well as providing training workshops, supervision and consultancy. My Philosophy I provide a safe, non-judgemental, and supportive environment for clients to work through the difficulties they are facing. My approach is to enable clients to build on their existing strengths and resources to solve their problems and meet their goals.
My core approach is based on working in the therapeutic relationship and Transactional Analysis, integrating up to date research on neurobiology and mindfulness. I also have training and experience in other methods of working including Person-Centred Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and play based approaches.
I integrate these as appropriate to meet the needs of the person I am working with. I work with warmth, creativity and humour.
Vic Turner - Banks Peninsular
Vicki specialises in complex cases involving trauma and grief. She is committed to helping you unpack and come to terms with the pain, hurt and confusion of your situation. Vicki will support you to discover and create awareness around trauma. She will also assist you to find new ways toward the clarity and vision of a brighter future.
Chris Starling - Otago
I am a counsellor working through a person centred model. Person centred counselling is a relational therapy. Healing takes place through and within the relationship between therapist and client. The relationship is ‘intentional’, in that it is fostered and nurtured by the therapist. My job, as a therapist, is to create a safe space in which healing can take place. Not necessarily a physical space, although typically it is within a physical space, but I myself am the safe space, the ‘holding’.
Creating a safe place and being present allows clients to explore their thoughts and feelings as they arise, and reveals to them the patterns that have been in place, often for many years, and often as an out-grown self-protection. I help to facilitate change by walking alongside the client, and in acknowledging the inherent unbrokeness which resides in all of us and which the client gradually uncovers in themselves. Healing, in a sense, is a resonance - that has been my experience.