Deborah French

Deborah French

Art Therapist | Counsellor

In Person Therapy Available

Next available Wednesday, Dec 7th

Location

Biography

Tena koutou katoa, Ko Taranaki te maunga, Ko Te Henui te awa, Ko Ngati Pakeha te iwi, Ko Deborah French toku ingoa. I am a clinical Arts Therapist and Counsellor. Arts therapy is a form of Psychotherapy. My practice and therapeutic style follow in the tradition of person-centred therapy which honours you as the 'expert' in your own experiences. Working through a trauma informed and responsive lens I draw from a range of therapeutic models such as solution focussed, positive psychology, Hakomi, ACT, internal family systems, somatic approaches, relational and attachment theory. My intention is to create a safe space where aspects of your life and emotional experiencing can be attended to and explored gently in a supportive way using both talk therapy and a creative lens. Generally our time together starts with traditional ‘talk’ therapy until confidence and trust are established. I invite into therapy what is spoken as well as that which has no words and is felt, created, dreamed, and symbolised. I will encourage and work alongside you to find and explore ways to express yourself at your own pace. Authentic and supportive relationship is at the heart of how clients and I work together to increase capacity to manage everyday life, notice, explore and develop deeper awareness and curiosity of the self. I believe that approaching ourselves and others with curiosity and compassion leads to deeper understanding and growth. Our time together will be confidential, respectful, and collaborative. I have been working with children, adolescents, adults and families for over 30 years In primary, intermediate, high schools, special education, alternative education and residential settings as a teacher and more recently as an Arts Therapist/Counsellor. I have also worked as a Arts Therapist/Counsellor in palliative care supporting the terminally ill, carers, bereaved and their whanāu If are interested in reading more please look at my website. https://deborahfrenchartist.com/mamaku-arts-therapy/

Qualifications

Masters of Arts Therapy (clinical) (First class Hons),Registered Arts Therapist (AThR),Post Graduate Diploma Arts Therapy,Post Graduate Diploma Teaching,Registered Teacher,Bachelor of Arts (Political Studies/Educational Psychology),Advanced Diploma of Art and Creativity. Provisional member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors,Member of ANZACATA and Teachers Council

Languages

English

Client Type

gender diverse, men, women, elderly, adults, adolescents, children

Therapy Type

Relational Psychotherapy, online therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (act), trauma therapy, person centred therapy, Humanistic Psychology, existential, attachment theory, art therapy

Specialisations

  • workplace issues

  • insecurities

  • family issues

  • educational difficulties

  • communication skills

  • goal setting

  • mental health and wellbeing

  • loneliness and isolation

  • identity

  • feeling stuck

  • emotional control

  • disconnection

  • self esteem and confidence

  • self harm

  • sleep issues

  • social anxiety

  • suicide ideation

  • upbringing issues

  • career change

  • work-life balance

  • trauma

  • stress

  • sexual abuse

  • relationship issues

  • post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)

  • personal development

  • motivation and purpose

  • life changes

  • end of life

  • grief and loss

  • depression

  • coping issues

  • death and dying

  • chronic disease

  • childhood trauma

  • child behaviour and development

  • bullying

  • attachment issues

  • anxiety

  • acceptance

Services

Individual Arts Therapy/Counselling Session

60min

$126.5 NZD

Or free if your organisation uses Clearhead to provide wellbeing support

Funding Options

ACC Sensitive Claims, I Am Hope

SUPPORTED BY

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