Averil Schiff

Averil Schiff

Counsellor


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Highlighted specialties
anxietylife changesmotivation and purposecouplesgrief
Biography

Counselling/Therapy Services Being a human isn't easy. In sessions I offer a supportive space to talk about what is going on, gain insight into your current situation, and provide you with opportunities to learn new strategies for moving through life with more ease and enjoyment. For individuals, I offer short-term interventions centred on reducing symptoms of concern and increasing coping skills, and longer-term therapy for issues that require more in-depth exploration or time to process. I have trained in grief counselling and can provide treatment for persistent grief issues also. In couples therapy, whether you are looking to smooth out the bumps or your relationship is truly in crisis, my focus is on helping you to identify how and why you have been getting stuck, and to function in a healthy, respectful manner as quickly as possible. Are you a young couple? I have a particular passion for young couples (those aged 20-29 years) in long-term relationships and understand that cost may be prohibitive for those starting in their careers. When I have the capacity, I make some appointments available for couples in this situation at a lower fee – please inquire. Counselling Approach I draw on techniques from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and other talk-therapy or creative methods, depending on the approach that suits you and your situation best. My couples therapy work is based in Relational Life Therapy, a head-on approach to the patterns that contribute to relationship disharmony. While it might be tough to look at problems in your life and work out what to do about them, I am here to support you through the process with an empathic ear, warmth, honesty, and humour. Background and Experience I have worked across the field of human services and behaviour change for 17 years. I began my career working with children with autism using Applied Behaviour Analysis in Auckland and Los Angeles. For the past 9 years I have worked alongside adults in the rehabilitation sector to learn to manage their thoughts and feelings, improve their relationships and communication skills, and make lifestyle changes. After completing my Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling at the University of Auckland, I have established a small private practice on the North Shore. I have completed further specialist training in grief counselling, and Relational Life Therapy Level One training.

Qualifications

Master of Arts in Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, Provisional Member of NZAC

Specialisations

Anxiety

Depression

Motivation and purpose

Emotional control

Life changes

Relationship issues

Grief

Grief and loss

Client

Adults

Couples

Therapy

Acceptance and commitment therapy (act)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (cbt)

Narrative therapy

Person centred therapy

Fees

Individual session

$120

50 minutes

Couples Session

$270

110 minutes

Or free if your employer offers therapy via Clearhead.

Locations

- 233 Dairy Flat Hwy, Albany, Auckland, 0632

- 3 Milford Rd, Milford, Auckland, 0620

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