Sophia Elise

Counselling for individuals, couples, adolescents and families

My Counselling Approach

My counselling approach is based in Collaborative Therapies where I draw mainly from Narrative Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. (Explained in the column to the right). At times I incorporate aspects of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Neuroscience, Mindfulness Therapy, Attachment theory and Response Based Therapy. My relationship counselling incorporates the Developmental Model (Explained in the column to the right) and Gottman Method.

As your counsellor I will:
  •  Work alongside and with you in partnership.
  • Consult with you about your goals, directions and thoughts around the counselling process.
  • Combine your personal knowledge and expertise, with my abilities as a counsellor, so that we work together to find your own individualised ways forward.
  • View the problem as separate from the person i.e. the problem is the problem, the person is not the problem. 
  • Acknowledge and jointly identify your own unique skills, abilities, strengths, values, commitments, beliefs and competencies that will help you with the problems that may be influencing your life.
  • Develop practical tools, techniques and resources to assist you.
  • Promote self-reliance and the use of your own resources in meeting whatever challenges are present and also develop your own ways of managing things in the future.
  • Make all case notes available to you and written in your words with no technical or theoretical terms used.
  • Be transparent with my thoughts and ideas and allowing room for you to disagree or correct me.
  • Not make assumptions or judgments.
  • Enjoy the spontaneity of our conversation.

    My practice is guided by the NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counsellors) Code of Ethics and I hold a current practicing certificate as a full member.