How I work
I see each person or couple as being distressed in some way by the loss or potential loss of something very important to them – this may be the loss of hope, of self, of a relationship, of another person, health, way of life or the death of someone close to them. I use different approaches depending on what I sense will work best with you.
The theories I have integrated into my way of working include Client Centred, Cognitive-Behavioural, Attachment and Imago Couples Therapy.
"Virginia was a big part of my recovery from anxiety and depression. She showed me skills to use and then encouraged and supported me in using them" Alison
"Thanks for all your help. I learned so much"
"Virginia is the reason that I am living life fully today and for that I am truly grateful" Alison
B.A. (Psych), Dip Counselling.
Cert. Supervision, MNZAC
Certified Imago Couples Therapist
I am a proud Wellingtonian and have lived here for most of life apart from time spent travelling in Asia and Europe in my 20's and 3 1/2 years living in Sweden.
I have three wonderful adult children and two beautiful grandchildren who I love spending time with.
I believe in living as fully as possible, strive to keep a good balance between the different areas of my life and have been told that I am a friendly, non-judgement person.
As an adult student I completed a B.A.(Psych) at Victoria University followed by a Diploma in Counselling at WelTec. I worked as a counsellor and then Team Leader at Wesley Counselling Service for four years followed by four years at Relationships Aotearoa counselling individuals and couples and co-facilitating the "Parenting Through Separation" programme. Eight years ago I completed my training to become a Certified Imago Couples Therapist, I have continued to attend further Imago trainings both in New Zealand and overseas and am now an Advanced Imago Couples Therapist.
For more information or to make an appointment please phone 021 136 5875 or contact me