Sophia Elise

Counselling and Coaching  Services  

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). I also draw from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Response Based Therapy. My relationship counselling is based in the Gottman Method and The Developmental Model (Explained in the column to the right).

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 judgements.
  • 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.