We offer counselling NZ wide & online – we focus on relationship & couple counselling.

Counselling for Individuals – Couples – Teams – Whānau – Families – Groups

Counselling NZ Wide  – Online or onsite (by negotiation)

Wendy Talbot PhD, MCouns., BCouns., PGCertCounsSup.,
Member registered with NZ Association of Counsellors since 2005 – MNZAC

My counselling philosophy

Counselling is relational. We are all in relationships – with ourselves, with others and with life experiences that affect our lives in many ways.

Counselling can help to make sense of relationships and situations and develop more satisfying ways to respond to them; particularly when inevitable times of conflict, uncertainty, contradiction, loss, pain and change become challenging.

Relationships may involve issues with intimacy, communication, conflict, alcohol, substances, health, aging, infidelity, abuse, finances, sexual orientation, sexuality, work, power, expectations, discrimination, identity, endings, grief, trauma etc. and be affected by wider social and cultural influences.

As a relationship counsellor my intention is to work alongside you, in a collaborative way, to identify the issues affecting your life and relationships and develop preferred ways of responding to them.

A key aspect of my counselling practice is to focus on the issues and how they impact on people and relationships. I have found this to be more effective than seeing people as the issue because it can assist to lessen unhelpful personal fault-finding, blame, criticism, defensiveness and shame.

I have worked for more than 25 years in counselling, professional supervision, group facilitation and counsellor education.

My work contexts include tertiary counselling services, Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP), tertiary education institutions, community agencies, and private practice. A key research area has been couple counselling.

Relevant qualifications include Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Counselling,  Bachelor of Counselling and Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision.

I prefer to work in a relational way because issues rarely impact on one person and always involve social and cultural contexts. I work with individuals and also encourage partners, family, whānau, colleagues, friends to join in where relevant and possible.

Why Adventurous Conversations?

It can be risky to challenge the status quo and venture into unknown territory. It takes courage to turn aspirations for something better into action. The territory travelled towards achieving this often involves vulnerability and uncertainty. The rewards can be hard won but also invigorating, life changing and very worthwhile.

You can expect

  • Professional, ethical practice
  • A qualified experienced counsellor informed by sound theoretical ideas
  • To go at the pace that works for you
  • Encouragement to make the decisions and take the steps that serve you best in the unique context of your relationships and life situations
  • Adventurous conversations

In our first counselling session

If you decide to proceed with our counselling services, your first session will include information and discussion about

  • Your hopes and expectations
  • Your rights
  • Ethical matters including Confidentiality and its limits
  • Session costs and payment means and methods (counselling fees vary depending on the context)
  • Counselling approaches
  • My hopes and responsibilities for our work together

Individual counselling sessions are available online and onsite for one hour appointments and time may be extended in some cases such as couple, family or group counselling. Before booking your first counselling session it is necessary to book an initial complimentary 30-minute introductory consultation to discuss options and negotiate the best arrangements for counselling.

Want to find out more?

Choosing a counsellor and speaking to a stranger about personal experience can be difficult steps to take.  I offer a no obligation complimentary 30-minute phone or online consultation to discuss the possibilities for counselling.


Book a complimentary 30-minute introductory consultation


PO Box 754, Thames
3540, New Zealand
PHONE: 027 604 9605




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