Practice Approach

Marie Edwards, Counsellor
BSocP SWRB; PGDip Counselling MNZAC

I am a fully qualified, registered counsellor with 12 years’ counselling and social work experience. I have strong backgrounds in the fields of child & adolescent mental health, family harm, community health and hospital settings, and currently, Hospice/palliative care community counselling.  I am used to working with families and couples, as well as individuals. You will be welcomed with a combination of professionalism, maturity and down-to-Earth warmth, no matter what issues bring you to counselling.

My approach is informed and guided by the ideas and principles of Narrative Therapy, Collaborative Practice, and Solutions Focused/Brief Therapy. These respectful approaches put you and your strengths at the centre of our conversations.  Narrative Therapists view problems as being outside the person (“The person is not the problem; the problem is the problem”). Problems are shaped by your history, relationships and the influences of ‘social norms’, rather than being ‘just the way I am’ or ‘just how it is’.  Viewing problems through this lens generates more space and possibility for change. My clinical background and training 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 experienced in working safely and effectively with children and adolescents aged 5-17 years. I’m always happy to have a ‘no obligation’ discussion about my approaches and your search for the ‘right fit’ counsellor.  Look forward to talking with you!  Marie.

My Professional Training

I have a Bachelor of Social Practice majoring in Social Work, and Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. I am a full member of The New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC), which means I am accountable in my private practice. 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 qualified social worker. 

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. Through my clinical employment, and have access to the latest professional training and development.       

I regularly work with issues: anxiety, depression, grief & loss, trauma, relationship issues and life transitions.

My Personal Background

I was born and raised in South Auckland, and have lived in Central Auckland for most of my adult life. I’m proud of my mish-mash NZ Māori (Te Rarawa), Scottish, British & Maltese heritage, and have a son studying in Melbourne. I look forward to learning about the people, places and things which are precious to you.





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