Sophia Elise

Counselling for individuals, couples, adolescents and families

About Me

Personal

I'm a mother to three children (two adults and one teen) and an aunt to many. In my spare time I enjoy reading, movies, walking on the beach, pub quizzes, art, travel, dining out, going to shows (especially comedy ones) and sharing a wine with friends.  I have lived on the North Shore my whole life and enjoy being close to the beautiful beaches. I understand that life can be hard because I have also experienced challenges and difficulties that have affected my relationships, health, children and family. 

 

Career

Ever since I was a young child the only thing I wanted to do was to "help people" so at 16 I trained as a nurse and worked as a registered nurse for 18 years in  a variety of areas. I then moved into a managerial role in the non-profit/charity sector where I worked for 8 years, which included being a trustee for community organisations.  During this time I also worked as a life coach and business mentor and in 2011 decided that I wanted to fully focus my energy into counselling.  Since completing my Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling I have worked in a Community Clinic, local Secondary School and  now solely in my own private practice. I attend many professional development seminars, workshops and courses every year as well as attending monthly peer interest groups focused on relationship therapy and sex therapy. I have completed my Masters in Applied Practice with my research focused on romantic relationships with narcissists. 

Areas of Interest

I enjoy working with pre-teens, adolescents, families, couples and individuals. I have extensive experience in working with adolescents and advanced training in relationship therapy (which includes two specific models).

- Anxiety and Stress

- Depression including post natal depression

- Relationship issues including conflict, communication, infidelity

- Separation and child custody

- Parenting issues

- Narcissism and Narcissistic abuse

- Blended families and Step parenting

- Sexual issues

- Anger management

- Helping children become resilient and increase their confidence through the FRIENDS program

- Neurobiological effects of early life trauma

Qualifications

- Masters in Applied Practice (First Class Honours)

- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling  

- Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Mentoring, Supervision and Workplace Coaching 

- Relationship Therapy - Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1

- Relationship Therapy - The Developmental Model Level 1 and Level 2

- Accredited Facilitator of My FRIENDS Youth and FRIENDS for Life Programs

- REPAIR Programme (Neurobiological interventions for Early Life Trauma)

- Diploma in Nursing

- Member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)