Person Centred Therapy
Our counselling is informed by Person Centred Therapy which means that the person seeking counselling is in the driving seat of the process. Further, our person-centred practice is bi-cultural, acknowledging the Treaty of Waitangi (a living document signed in 1840 NZ, between Māori iwi and the British Crown).
In this way we are guided by Māori ethics such as
- aroha ki te tangata (respect for people)
- he kanohi kitea (face to face)
- titiro, whakaarongo, korero (to look, listen then speak)
- manaakitanga (sharing of oneself and resources)
- kia tupato (cautious)
- kaua e takatea te mana o te tangata (to not trample on a person’s dignity)
Phil : If I can be empathetic, truthful/honest with my feelings and accept the person unconditionally then they can feel safe enough to explore themselves, who they are and change where and when they want to.
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Kristina: The cornerstone of my counselling is to form relationships based on trust. Further, I accept people unconditionally – that is, I see people as people where they are deserving of their own thoughts, beliefs and future. I aim to be genuinely present in each counselling session so that in my imperfection I am ‘real’. Finally, empathy – where I see life/situations from the view of the other – is an important part of my counselling.
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