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.

Student Counsellors

Kaysey Manuel 

Narrative Counsellor (in training at Unitec), Post Grad Dip in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, BA SocSci + Psychology

  • Hi, My name is Kaysey Manuel and I am finishing counselling training at UNITEC. 
  • I completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy in 2010 and took some time off to raise two children, both of whom have varying levels of special needs (Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cerebral Palsy).
  • I have an interest in working with people with alternative lifestyles and while I began training in psychotherapy, I found that narrative aligns better with an inclusive way of working with people. I have also volunteered for Youthline in the past.
  • I am working out of two organisations:
    • Living and Learning Centre | 212 Universal Drive, Henderson | Tuesday and Wednesday | by appointment | FREE
    • Amitabha Hospice Service | 44 Powell Street, Avondale | Thursday morning and Friday | by appointment | FREE
  • | 027 417 3607 |

Newly Graduated Counsellors

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.
  • | ph 021 087 24617 (text or ph) |

Viola Beintken

Counsellor for children, teens, women and couples, including people with Autism/Asperger’s
PgDip in Counselling; Special Education/Psychology (MA)

  • I specialise in working with children, teens, women and couples who are dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues and parenting concerns. This includes people who are affected by Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
  • Providing a respectful, warmhearted and calm atmosphere, I work with a range of modalities and materials to support our conversations and help you express what might be “beyond words”.
  • I have several years of experience in working with individuals, families and groups as a support worker, parent coach and counsellor in Germany, the US and New Zealand.
  • Languages: fluent in English and German.
  • Discounted fees and support with WINZ subsidy available.
  • | | 021 0821 2290 | East and Central Auckland, home visits available.