My Approach

Marie Edwards, Counsellor
BSocP SWRB ANZASW, PGDip Counselling, MNZAC
You will be welcomed with a combination of professionalism and down to Earth warmth, no matter what issues have brought you to counselling. My approach is informed and guided by the ideas and principles underpinning Collaborative Practice, Narrative Therapy and Solutions Focused/Brief Therapy. These approaches put you and your strengths at the centre of our work together, and view problems as being outside the person – shaped by your history, relationships and the influences of ‘social norms’ – rather than being ‘just the way I am’ or ‘just how it is’.  Respectful, non-blaming therapeutic conversations create the space needed to take a step back and see problems for what they are, and to generate new possibilities.  My clinical background and training in the field of mental health means my practice is also supported by evidence-based cognitive and dialectical behavioural principals (CBT/DBT).  This includes skills-based mindfulness, emotional regulation and relaxation work.  I am used to working therapeutically with families, parents and couples, as well as with individuals.

A Holistic View Of Wellbeing

My own mixed heritage, as well as my work with people of all backgrounds, means I have a natural respect and understanding of diversity and cultural differences – which can’t be taught in a classroom.  I work on the premise that our emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing is all interconnected.  My clients’ feedback is highly valuable to me, and I will regularly ‘check in’ with you about the helpfulness and effectiveness of our work together. I’m passionate about these ways of working and am happy to answer any questions you might have about it.

My Professional Training

I have a Bachelor of Social Practice (graduating 2012 with a Senior Scholar Award), and Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (2013). I have full membership with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC). NZAC is Aotearoa’s main professional counselling body, which works for/with counsellors to support and maintain safe, effective, ethical practice.  I am also a fully registered social worker with Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB).

I regularly consult with my professional supervisor as per NZAC requirements, and through private supervision I get to reflect on my practice, often taking fresh new perspectives back to client sessions. I engage regularly in ongoing professional development, and have access to the latest training in evidence-based approaches.       

I have a rich professional background working in both mental health and community settings with high risk youth, their families and caregivers. I am experienced in the field of domestic violence, and am comfortable working with both survivors and perpetrators.  I also specialise in working with anxiety, depression, grief & loss, relationship work and trauma.

Alongside my private counselling practice, I have worked for the past four years in a Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service as a social work clinician.  Through this work, I am trained and experienced in delivering evidence-based parenting programme, The Incredible Years (both in group settings and one on one with parents).  As well as mental health assessment, I am experienced in working therapeutically and safely with children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment and conduct problems.  I have a good understanding of childhood ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ASD (autistic spectrum disorder), and regularly work with parents and caregivers coming to terms with these diagnoses and the challenges they present.

My Personal Background

I was born and raised in South Auckland, have lived in Central Auckland for most of my adult life, and am Mum to a thriving 16 year old son and our pets. I have completed, and continue to make, my own life journeys. I have a wealth of life experience, which at times is as valuable as professional training when it comes to relating to others! I identify as New Zealander/Pakeha-Maori (Iwi Te Rarawa with Scottish, British and Maltese heritage), and am genuinely interested in the stories of your journey – learning about the people, places and things you identify with.

Feel like you need someone to talk to? Call us today

Feel like you need someone to talk to? Call us today