Meet the Team
The Visionwest Wellbeing Centre has a team of qualified Counsellors providing a wide range of counselling services for children, adolescents, families, couples and individuals.
Our team members are trained in a range of therapeutic models and work in a variety of ways depending on age and individual need. We have a therapeutic playroom that provides a safe and appealing environment for children.
Leanne Frost – Counselling Practice Manager
I have a deep love of people and an interest in how we relate which means counselling is not just something I do—it’s who I am. I’ve worked with people in social service settings and private practice and have been manager of the Visionwest Wellbeing Centre twice, returning in 2019 to work with a fabulous team of people.
It’s my belief that, within safe trust-based relationships, we can feel free to explore, in new ways, the issues that create challenges for us. Being known, accepted and valued allows us the freedom to question decisions made, experiment with strategies, and practice new skills. It also allows us to celebrate strengths, highlight successes, and laugh together.
Qualifications: Dip Couns Client Centered Therapy, BA. Couns Narrative Therapy. MA (Psychology), Cert Supervision. NZCCA Registered Member. Currently completing MA in Psychology.
I am a qualified counsellor specialising in relationship therapy. Many couples find it difficult to navigate the hurdles and roadblocks to relational health and vitality that life seems to place in their way. My passion is to work with these couples, providing guidance as they seek to transform these roadblocks into bridges of connection which allow each person in the relationship to express their needs. This approach strengthens the relationship facilitating the move away from feelings of isolation and loneliness towards togetherness and lifegiving companionship.
I have training in the Gottman Method of Relationship Therapy and Emotional Focused Therapy. If you’re having difficulties including infidelity, I can help you address the issues that separate you and your partner and provide the tools to draw you closer together.
Qualifications: B Counselling; MNZAC.
I seek to offer a safe, non-judgemental space to share, heal and grow. I support people experiencing a broad range of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, relationships and personal identity, using Narrative and Person-Centred therapies as well as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and the latest neuroscience research.
My belief is that wellbeing and wholeness comes from feeling connected within our-self, to others, and to the world we live in; with our body, mind and spirit. When we achieve this, we can move forward to find new possibilities for life!
Qualifications: B Counselling, MNZAC
Two key ideas motivate me in my counselling work. First, that every person is precious and worthy of love and respect. Second, that we as people are bent toward growth if provided with the right conditions. To this end, I draw on a variety of counselling methods to provide a safe and supportive space to join with others as they work through problems and find ways forward.
Ways of working include Narrative Therapy, Person-Centred Therapy, Te Whare Tapa Wha, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and creative methods such as drawing or sand tray. I meet with adults, young people and children.
Qualifications: B Counselling, Provisional Member Registered with NZAC, Dip Tchg (Diploma of Teaching), RGON (Registered General and Obstetric Nurse).
I offer a compassionate, confidential, and non-judgmental service to people of all ages and stages of life. I have experience working with children and adults who have experienced issues with anxiety, depression, abuse, identity and relationships.
My training in Person-Centred approach enables me to journey with you as you find your own answers through reflective listening. I am also trained in Narrative Therapy; I use a range of modalities in my practice according to what best suits the needs of each individual client.
Relationship is at the heart of my practice, meaning I like to work relationally with you to support you through your difficulties, enabling you to feel well and empowered.
Qualifications: B.A., BCouns, MNZCCA.
I work with children, adolescents, and young adults, helping them to address challenges in their lives including anxiety, depression, anger, and self-esteem. I like to get to the centre of the challenges people face in order to begin their healing from the inside out.
Using person-centred and narrative therapies, and creative methods, I’m able to help people explore their feelings and move into their preferred identities that will propel them to live a life filled with joy and hope.
Counselling Administrator – Cass Smith
When you enter the Visionwest Wellbeing Centre, you will be welcomed with a smile. Our administrator, Cass, is there to answer any questions you have and to offer support while you wait to meet with your counsellor. If you need information about the counselling, supervision and wellbeing we provide or what funding you may be eligible for, Cass is the best person to ask.
Bennie the Therapy Dog
A special member of our team is Bennie, Leanne’s therapy dog. When he’s not in sessions Bennie takes time to greet all clients who invite his hello’s. He loves a pat or cuddle as people enter or leave the centre. His calm and gentle personality means he’s relaxing to have around.