Agency Manager- Ann Weaver
I started with the service in April 2017. Prior to that I was the Director of Safekids New Zealand (Aotearoa) for 14 years. I have a passion for people and in particular, advocating for the safety and well-being of New Zealand children.
I began my career with a qualification in social work which led on to a career in public sector management. With a Masters in Public Policy, I have held senior management and leadership roles in both community-based services and government organizations. I have also served on several elected boards and internationally convened committees.
My strengths are in the delivery and implementation of legislative- and regulatory change-practice within the health and welfare sectors. When I’m not campaigning for the health and safety of New Zealand children, I enjoy travelling and spending time with my 6 grandchildren.
Our Counselling Team
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor, a full member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors and an Associate Member of LEADR, the Australian Association of Dispute Resolvers.
My experience and personal qualities enable me to provide a warm and empathic environment for both adults and adolescents experiencing life challenges. I have a passion for working with people believing we are all meant to belong and connect, to love ourselves and others and to find meaning.
I enjoy working with people of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds and family situations. People who need to be truly heard and supported as they find meaning, grow as individuals and learn to evolve beyond and deal with unhelpful thinking. People who want to feel met in their emotional experience and better equipped to embrace change and meet challenges. Difficult situations are part of life for everyone. They usually involve interpersonal relationships. Encouraging and nourishing the power within supports the learning of new approaches that support well-being and a flourishing existence.
This is a confidential, safe, nurturing environment. I encourage and work with you so you’re equipped to be consciously engaged with life and to take a holistic approach to your healing and growth.
Kia ora, I have recently joined The Counselling Services Centre and I have lived and worked and trained in South Auckland for most of my life.
I have been a full member of NZAC since 1999. I enjoy working using an eclectic client centred approach, and use IDT, small figure work and other modalities to suit my clients needs.
I have also worked as a Hospital Play Specialist for 15 years so am well aware of Health and Disability issues and the long term effects and strains/grief that individuals and their families can experience.
My keen fisherman husband and I have raised 3 young adults of who we are very proud, and now enjoy 4 amazing grandchildren.
- Certified Neuropsychotherapy Practitioner
- Post Graduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Post Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences
- Diploma in Counselling (Children and Young People)
- Member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Member of International Association of Clinical Neuropsychotherapy
- ACC Registered.
I have worked at Counselling Services Centre since May 2011 with a diverse range of children, young people, adults and families. I have also worked for a number of years as a school guidance counsellor and have experience working with students from Year 1 to Year 13 and their families. I am passionate about the well-being of children and young people and believe that, given a respectful and supportive environment, counselling can help clients overcome challenging experiences.
Using a person-centred approach to counselling a range of methods are used, such as Neuropsychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Sand play and Play therapy, as well as other creative interventions. Areas of interest include those commonly affecting children and young people such as abuse and trauma, self-harm and suicide issues, behavioural and emotional concerns, grief and loss, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
Ko Ngāti Kahu tōku iwi i te taha o tōku whaea. Ko Diane Wong tōku ingoa.
I have worked as a counsellor for Counselling Services Centre since 1989, primarily with survivors of sexual abuse. I am also available to work with any other personal and/or workplace issues.
I am a member of NZAC and I am an ACC approved counsellor. The majority of my training has been gained through Polytechnic courses and Continuing Education courses at University. I have an eclectic style of counselling am comfortable working with people of all nationalities, both genders.
I believe that on-going training is an essential part of being a counsellor, but know that a lot of my learning and understanding have come from the wisdom and courage of those I have worked with.
I have lived in South Auckland for over 30 years and am married with 3 adult children.
I am a counsellor because I like supporting people to find their own strengths and potential and be able to have a fulfilling life.
I started to do this work about 30 years ago after originally training as a Social Worker. I have a Masters in Counselling from Massey University and have done and continue to do as much professional development as I can.
I have been an accredited ACC counsellor for approx. 20 years and I have had relationship work for the Family Court for about the same length of time. Both organisations have changed significantly in the last few years and I have hung in there!
I have a vision-impairment myself and so am aware of disability issues. I have had professional and personal experience with mental health and so have developed confidence and experience in this area.
My husband and I have 7 adult children and 13 grand-children, so we have been and still go through the joys and challenges of parenthood.
I am proud to be part of the staff at the Counselling Service Centre where I have worked for 10 years. The welcoming, friendly and supportive atmosphere makes it safe and positive for myself and my clients.
I have been with the agency since 1997 and I was part of the counselling team till 2010. After a few months’ retirement I returned as a supervisor, and now hold the position of Clinical Manager. I was educated (PhD in Pastoral Psychology) and trained at Boston University, living in Auckland since Christmas Day 1984. My late husband and I have three grown children and four growing grandchildren.
I graduated with a Diploma in Counselling in 2000, am a full member of NZAC, and am ACC registered to work with sensitive claims. I worked with Victim Support for many years prior to graduating which gave me a strong background in all areas of abuse, and dedication to support and encourage people to become survivors. I joined Counselling Services Centre in mid 2013.
My private practice and also work in other Agencies since 2000, has given me a wide range of experience in supporting people from many different cultures with issues such as abuse and violence, drug and alcohol, grief, depression, anxiety, stress, anger management , relationships and personal growth. I work with both male and female adults and teens. Prior to counselling I have worked in the motor trade, the corporate world, and also shared the running of my husband’s business. I’m a married mother of 2 adult children and have 2 grandchildren.
Kia Ora, Talofa Lava,
I have been with the Agency for the last 5-6 years. I work with individuals and families as well as facilitate groups in local High Schools.
I am from South Auckland and have lived here most of my life. I am married to a beautiful Tainui man and have 2 adult children. I am of Samoan descent and very much share the values of faith, family, hope and respect and I believe this is foundational to my counselling practice.
I have a BAppSocSci (Counselling) Bachelor in Applied Social Sciences majoring in Counselling and am a full member of NZAC (NZ Association of Counsellors).
A large part of my practice is supporting clients that have experienced some form of abuse and or trauma including sexual, physical, spiritual, emotional abuse as well as any other affected areas. I am also a registered provider for ACC Sensitive claims.