Counselling

About

Counselling

The Auckland Women’s Centre is committed to providing safe, confidential, affordable and effective counselling and coaching. We welcome everyone who identifies as a woman and everyone who identifies as non-binary.

All AWC counsellors are fully qualified, professionally supervised and belong to a professional body.

Fees

Sessions with Jane are by appointment and cost $80 per hour. When there is financial hardship, please ask the counsellor if you can negotiate to pay less.

Our Counselling Service is not funded or subsidised. The rates reflect a desire to make counselling affordable for most women. If you are able to pay more, please negotiate this with your counsellor.

Please bring cash for each appointment as we do not have EFTPOS or credit card facilities here.

If you need to cancel your appointment please provide us with one’s days notice of cancellation. Cancellations less than one working days’ notice can expect to be charged for the appointment.

Yearly Single or Partnered Household Income     Counselling Fees
Beneficiaries $40-$50
Single under $45,000 or partnered household income under $90,000 $60-$70
Single $45,000-$70,000 or partnered household income $90,000 – $140,000 $80

 

Student Counselling fees

We request an admin fee between $10 and $30 per session for student counselling. This koha allows the centre to continue operating, and it is up to your discretion how much you wish to pay. Payment can be made via cash or EFTPOS before your session.

Our student counsellor

Kayla Tonge

Ko Taupiri te Maunga

Ko Waikato te Awa

Ko Waikato te Iwi

Ko Tainui te Waka

Ko Kayla Tonge ahau

Tēnā koutou katoa

 

Kayla works in the community, volunteering as a phone counsellor and a psychosocial volunteer. She continues her work with a diverse range of people. Kayla is currently studying for a Health Science Degree in Counselling at AUT University. She believes in walking alongside the client by facilitating a safe space for exploration and expression. Kayla uses a variety of mediums, including but not limited to verbal articulation, sand and miniatures, depending on the need of the client. Counselling can provide conditions that can lead to more clarity.

Our student counsellor

Billie Webster

“Kia ora tātou,

Ko Puketāpapa te maunga,
Ko Kaipara te awa,
Ko Iceni te iwi,
Ko Kaipātiki te marae,
Nō Tāmaki ahau,
Ko Webster tōku whānau,
Ko Ross tōku matua,
Ko Deb tōku whāea,
Ko Billie tōku ingoa,
Ngā mihi nui.

Self ID:
She/they (gender-fluid)
Queer
Pākehā
Living with an invisible disability

Kia ora!
My name is Billie and I am currently studying for my BHSc in Counselling at AUT. I have a love for anything creative, such as; writing, painting or making music. I have a laid-back and authentic approach to my role as a counsellor. Some theories or frameworks I most align my work with are; Te Whare Tapa Whā, Te Pae Māhutonga, Relational Counselling, Dialectical-Behaviour-Therapy and Narrative Therapy.

I am so grateful and excited to be working with AWC this year. I am particularly passionate about empowering women and nonbinary people in my counselling work. I know first-hand how important it is to have a counsellor that has walked a similar path in society to you and can acknowledge the environmental/social factors that contribute to our overall health. I believe that being an advocate for social justice as a counsellor goes hand-in-hand with looking out for the wellbeing of our clients, it is an intersectional work.

As a Pākehā counsellor in Aotearoa, I am dedicated to working with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and have a passion for studying Māori Health Promotion. I believe in the healing potential of community, seeing my client not only as an individual, but as a part of their wider whānau and environment. I am honoured to play a part in their world. My role as counsellor is to collaborate as a partner, being guided by you to create your own unique and safe space to foster healing – whatever that may look like.”

Our counsellor

Jane Tyrer

Jane Tyrer has worked as a counsellor, social worker and in a range of social service roles for the last 30 years. She enjoys supporting people to navigate their way through difficulties, clarify their values and strengths and find enthusiasm for new possibilities. She believes that counselling is a respectful, negotiated process that highlights skills, resources and insight and that it can offer a place to explore challenges from fresh perspectives and facilitate positive change.

Jane has helped women through all sorts of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, disordered eating, body image issues, relationship, parenting concerns and abuse. Counselling can be optimistic and hopeful without minimising the very real difficulties and challenges that people face.

Jane holds a Diploma in Holistic Counselling (Holos Institute) and a Graduate Diploma in Narrative Counselling (Unitec). She is a Member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC).

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