Rachel Hendron | Couples Counselling
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Couples Counselling Central Auckland
I have lived and worked in many different cultures and enjoy working with people and couples from all over the world. I am LGBTQI+ friendly. I encourage my clients to work at their own pace and in the most natural way that suits them.
I work with individuals, couples and families, listening to the feelings and needs to get to the heart of the matter.
For couples I often use Gottman style assessment to help plan the sessions and structure experiences around learning to communicate more openly with your partner as well as more spontaneous therapeutic work which is particular to each couple.
My work combines Person-Centred listening for that which has meaning for the client and Focusing-Oriented, how meaning is experienced in the body. This way change often happens safely, without willingness and curiosity rather than struggle and effort and in surprising, enlivening ways. I use Braisnpotting for people who find it hard to tune into their felt sense experience or feel overwhelemed when they do, or for people who want to deepen their healing from trauma. Somatic Psychotherapy allows us to work safely and significantly more effecively than talk therapy alone.
I have many years experience of working with people with Nonviolent Communication and use this in all my work to mediate between individuals and between different parts individuals experience inside themselves.
If needed we can pay attention to broad cultural contexts and the specific norms each family has. My work is guided and influenced by Internal Family Systems and Emotion Focused Therapy but always personal to individuals who come to work with me.
I begin working with you with a meeting where we get to know each other, you can tell me what you would like to get from our work together and I can explain more about how I will be supporting you. It’s a time to ask questions and get some clarity on anything which is holding you back.
I offer free 10 minute calls to people unsure if this way of working will be a good fit for them and for any questions about all of the above.
I prefer to use Microsoft Teams as it is a very secure online platform. I also use Zoom and meet with people on more familiar apps such as FaceTime, Whatsapp and Skype.
For individual sessions I use audio calls where people prefer it, with couples it realluy helps to see how you are communicating with each other so having the video there is helpful, but if you really dislike the video we can see what we can do.
Statement concerning the coronavirus pandemic
I have been working with clients online before the Cornoa virus and do so even more now, as it is so convientent and works well.
Qualifications and registrations
- MSc Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Strathclyde, Scotland)
- Registered Provisional Member with NZAC
- Focusing Oriented Therapist and Trainer in Focusing Oriented Therapy, Focusing Institute, NYC
- I have Gottman Couples Counselling Level 2 certification
- Accredited Brainspotting Therapist
I work with each couple individually, depending on the issues. I work in a trauma informed way with each individual, where possible as part of the couples session. This enables you both to learn about each other much more deeply than in individual sessions. For couples who are not yet able to support each other with the trauma they have individually we can do individual sessions. I use Brainspotting and Focusing to help couples with trauma, when you work with the nervous system in an empobdied way much fewer sessions might be needed than simply talking about behaviours from a congnitive place, so I hope that even after the first session there are useful insights.
Common relationship issues I support people with:
Flooding and overwhelm for couples who argue.
Helping to overcome defensiveness and shut down.
Understnading each other's underlying feelings and motives rather than judgeing themseves and their partner.
Helping partners with trauma (stuck thinking patterns and behviours)
Helping couples move their focus from two individuals struggling to get what each of them needs to two individuals working together to care for their relationship.
Relationship therapies offered
- ✓ Couples counselling
- ✓ Marriage counselling
- ✓ Mediation
- ✓ Online relationship counselling
- ✓ Pre Marriage counselling
- ✓ Relationship Counselling
Areas of counselling I can help with
- ✓ Addicted to love
- ✓ Adultery, affair, infidelity
- ✓ Autonomy in relationship
- ✓ Cheating
- ✓ Closed or open relationship
- ✓ Commitment phobia
- ✓ Communication problems
- ✓ Cultural differences
- ✓ Divorce & separation
- ✓ Emotional infidelity
- ✓ Family problems
- ✓ Fear of abandonment
- ✓ I want a relationship
- ✓ Insecure in relationship
- ✓ Intimacy issues
- ✓ Jealousy
- ✓ Love sick
- ✓ Marriage problems
- ✓ Midlife crisis
- ✓ Relationship anxiety
- ✓ Relationship fights
- ✓ Self love
- ✓ Sex addiction
Negotiable with a minimum $120 per hour + GST.
Couples sessions are usually 1.5 hours long, so 180 + GST, we might choose to split this into two individual sessions lasting 45 mins each.
I work primarily online.
Availability (Opening hours)
|Monday||10am - 8pm|
|Tuesday||10am - 8 pm|
|Wednesday||10 am - 12 pm|
|Thursday||10am - 8pm|
|Friday||10am - 6pm|
- ✓ 35+ Relationship Counsellors
- ✓ In New Zealand, also online
- ✓ Marriage & Couples therapy
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