About Maria

Before becoming a counsellor, I worked for 25 years in banking & finance, sales & marking and office management roles.  My passion however was understanding emotional wellness.  I always wondered “why do people feel and behave the way they do, how do we get the most out of life and reach our fullest potential?”  I decided to change my career path and embarked on training as a counsellor.

As your counsellor, I will work collaboratively with you towards:

  • Gaining awareness and insight into what the issues are and how they affect you
  • What are the outcomes/goals you wish to achieve
  • What those outcomes/goals mean to/for you
  • Explore what is holding you back from achieving these outcomes/goals
  • How you may work through those circumstances or barriers towards your best outcome.

Currently I work in private practice in Auckland Central and Birkenhead, North Shore,  Previous work  includes 5 yrs as a Counselling Tutor for a tertiary education provider,  3 years facilitating groups in the domestic violence field with women and teenage girls.  I work with many issues and have a special interest and expertise working with anger management, depression and anxiety, relationships and exploration of the self..

I work from a client centered base and draw on a variety of modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Behaviour Therapy and Gestalt Therapy.

Member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.