OUR COUNSELLORS HELP PARENTS WITH:
- difficult behavioural issues (screaming, shouting, swearing, talking back etc.)
- problems with boundary-setting and discipline
- mental health problems (depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress)
- low self-esteem, stress, burnout
- relationship issues in the family
- child mental health
- navigating parenting after separation
- blended-family adjustments
- school problems
- separation anxiety
- child and adolescent adjustment to changes
- any personal issues of the parents – guilt, emotional dysregulation and volatility and more.
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THROUGH COUNSELLING YOU CAN:
- feel more in control of your emotions
- cope with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress
- be there for your child and support their emotions
- gain useful parenting strategies
- heal past trauma
- relate differently to issues in the family
- feel supported and less alone
- navigate parenting after separation with more ease
- children cope with school problems
- alleviate separation anxiety
- children and teens adjust to changes
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Laura Hurtado-Roberts, PhD, MNZAC Counsellor.
Laura has a Graduate Diploma in Counselling Practice and is a practitioner in developmental movement therapy [Extra Lesson™], an educational approach to neuro-development and child development.
Laura is experienced in working with parents, children and young people, counsels women and men of all ages and couples experiencing loss and grief, trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression, attachment issues, pain and long-term illness, transitioning through life stages.
Using a person-centred approach and inspired by V. Frankl -finding a meaning- she works with warmth, non-judgmental acceptance and deep listening in order to create a sacred and safe space with the client. She brings a compassionate approach especially during this time of uncertainty.
Using stories, art, movement, play therapy, sensory integration, body awareness and mindfulness as a way to strengthen the client’s personal needs in their journey toward assertiveness and self-discovery. Laura has a PhD in social sciences which supports her understanding that clients are individuals existing in the wider context of their society and culture, demonstrated through working with people from many cultural backgrounds. She speaks Spanish and French as well, and honours Te Tiriti of Waitingi.
Laura has a special interest in counselling children.
Sarah Stoddart is a qualified psychotherapist and has been running her private practice successfully for some years now. Sarah is excited to share her knowledge, passion and expertise with Parent Help.
Originally from Wellington, and currently residing in the Kapiti Coast after living in both Northland and Hawke’s Bay, Sarah is excited to be in Thorndon offering counselling to Parent Help Families on Wednesdays.
Sarah has worked as a Mental Health, Addictions and Domestic Violence/Trauma therapist and counsellor for over 15 years and comes from a holistic and strength-based approach. There is no judgement, you are in a safe space with Sarah, where she will work with you on your current life journey.
Empowering individuals and whanau to be in control of their thoughts and decisions and discovering potential is her mission.
Sarah is registered with DAPAANZ and looks forward to supporting you on your life journey.
Zosia Pardela (she/her)
Sessions with Zosia (pronounced: Zoh-shia) are gentle and informal. Zosia will welcome all parts of you – including the ones that may be nervous about coming to therapy, the ones that yell at your kids sometimes and the ones who feel ashamed of that. You don’t have to leave any part of yourself at the door when you come to see Zosia.
She is trained in trauma therapy and helps her clients with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, low self-esteem, imposter syndrome, burnout, harsh self-criticism, stress, excessive people-pleasing and emotional dysregulation.
Zosia teaches her clients practical strategies to be with their emotions without getting overwhelmed. She would love to help you befriend your emotions and teach you to do the same for your child/ren. Zosia draws from Māori approaches as she believes everyone can learn from indigenous wisdom. Zosia is of Polish heritage and her experience of life of an immigrant makes her particularly dedicated to providing counselling which is culturally safe. She is an LGBTQIA+ ally.
Zosia is currently working towards her provisional NZAC registration, she’s a counsellor in training through Masters of Counselling at Massey University. She has a Masters of Psychology of Mental Health and Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling.
Please note: We provide our services to OT clients, please make contact with us by filling in a referral form or going through your social worker.
Whanau (more than 3 in a session) $160
Community Service Card Holders:
Whanau (more than 3 in a session) $120
If there is a financial barrier to counselling, we can likely help. Please submit your referral and we will be in contact.
In person sessions are at our new office on Level 2, 95-99 Molesworth Street in Thorndon, Wellington. Online sessions take place on Zoom.