Graduate/Student Counselling

Newly graduated and student counsellors are required to complete a certain number of face-to-face hours to either graduate, or achieve full professional body membership (with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors). Consequently, their fees are reduced. If you'd like to access this type of counselling service, please contact the people below. Please note they will be attending professional supervision as part of offering their service to clients.


Newly Graduated Counsellors


James Slawson

Counsellor | Bachelor of Counselling, Provisional Member NZAC

  • Hi, my name is James Slawson and I work predominantly from a client centred and collaborative approach but I also include aspects of narrative therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy. I have an openness and willingness to adapt these approaches to suit the client and their needs. 
  • I specialise in LGBT and Intersex, gender and sexuality, identity, depression, anxiety, addiction, relationships, HIV, self esteem, isolation and loneliness. 
  • I will listen to you without judging or criticising and together we can talk about and explore any issue that you find troubling
  • Fee $90 negotiable, sliding scale available, WINZ clients accepted
  • Days and times can be negotiated, depending on availability
  • ph 021 117 0952 | jpscounselling@gmail.com | 1 Poynton Terrace, Auckland CBD


Jojo Vernon

Narrative Counsellor UNITEC | PgDip Counselling, BSP (social work)

  • Kia Ora my name is Jojo. I embrace Narrative Therapy in my practice as well as creative art and writing. 
  • I have a special interest in mental 'well' health and have particular experience working with people and families affected by depression, anxiety, postnatal depression, low self-esteem, eating disorders as well as grief. 
  • I am interested in how 'society' and 'norms' contribute to problems and the way we view ourselves and make sense of our world. In my own journey I have discovered that a strong sense of community – knowing who I am and where I come from as well as recognising my values, has been that crucial foundation of wellness in leading a life in line with my hearts purpose. My hope is to help others rediscover, build on and find new ways of living to their own hearts purpose in a way that's meaningful to them. 
  • I work from 102 Main HIghway, Ellerslie on alternate Saturdays from 9am-5pm. 
  • Fees are between $45-$60 with some reduced rates available.
  • www.heartspurpose.co.nz | ph 021 087 24617 (text or ph) | heartspurposecounselling@gmail.com

Kaysey Manuel 

Narrative Counsellor | PgDip Narrative Practice, PgDip in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, BA SocSci + Psych

  • Hi, My name is Kaysey Manuel and I am a recent graduate of the Narrative practice program through UNITEC. 
  • I work from a narrative perspective and what this means, is I am interested in your stories, whatever they may be. When we walk together to travel the path of your life I uphold a great respect for your journey and a curiosity about uncovering the wisdom you hold: What has fueled your travels? What supports you in taking steps forward? 
  • You are the expert in your life, and if talking with me helps you uncover hidden strengths and hope you didn't realise were hiding, then I am grateful to be able to walk alongside you as you uncover these things.
  • I have a particular passion for uncovering hope, discovering hidden identity treasures, re-engaging with inner love and re-developing grief relationships. I also love music, expressing my inner geek and my children :) 
  • I currently offer counselling space on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday with options of late nights.
  • www.facebook.com/counsellingforyounz | ph 027 417 3607 | 44 Powell St, Avondale, Auckland | kaysey.manuel@gmail.com

Rosalie Oliver

Counsellor | Bachelor of Social Practice, Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling

  • Hi, my name is Rosalie Oliver. I specialise in Narrative Therapy. As human beings we make sense of our lives through stories. Sometimes the stories we tell about our lives become dominated by problems. I can help you to separate yourself from the problem/s, creating space to come up with solutions and a more empowering story for your life. 
  • I'm particularly interested in working with issues such as anxiety, depression, chronic illnesses, relationship issues, grief, body image and bullying. I can offer flexible hours, such as after hours or weekends if necessary. 
  • website | ph 021 107 9572 | oliver.rosalie@gmail.com | Unit 18, 1 Ambrico Place, New Lynn | rates $65/hr


Zoe Warren

Counsellor | PgDip Counselling, Masters in Counselling, Provisional Member of NZAC

  • Kia Ora, my name is Zoe and I have been a counsellor for 3 years, recently completing my Master of Counselling from the University of Auckland. The most important element of counselling for me is the relationship I have with my clients. I believe that empathy allows people to feel comfortable to share their stories, so that we can work together to overcome difficult times or stresses in our lives. Although this journey may be difficult at times, my role is to help support you through this but also celebrate the good things that happen along the way.
  • I am trained in interactive drawing therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and often use CBT, mindfulness and psycho-education.
  • I have worked with clients with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief & loss, self-harm and suicidality, sexual and emotional abuse, self-esteem issues and sexual problems to name a few. So I am comfortable talking about any issue you may want to bring up. 
  • I currently offer counselling space in Ponsonby - days and times can be negotiated depending on availability.
  • Fees on a sliding scale between $65-$120 | ph 027 892 4399 | counsellingbyzoe@gmail.com

Student Counsellors