Counsellor Profiles

Skylight Counsellors are supported by the Clinical Services Team Leader.

Vivienne Wolff
Counsellor (Kapiti)
Professional Member NZAC

Vivienne has a Bachelor of Counselling and Diploma of Health and Human Development. She has worked as a counsellor with Living Well Counselling Centre in Levin for a number of years and recently set up private practice in Paraparaumu. Vivienne works with older children (and their families), teens and adults in a way that suits them, drawing on many different approaches including person centred counselling, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and others. The therapeutic relationship that is develop throughout the counselling process is of paramount importance to the way she works, being in a holistic and non-judgemental manner.

Shona McNeil
Counsellor (Kāpiti and Porirua)
Registered with NZAC

Shona’s background is in arts and mental health, and she works with children, adults and families. As well as being a counsellor, she runs a creative wellbeing centre in Kāpiti. Shona draws on her Celtic background and holistic models of health including Te Whare Tapa Whā. She uses elements of CBT and solution focused therapy, using a person-centred approach to build connection and walk alongside people on their road to wellbeing.

Adebisi Riwanou
Counsellor (Wellington)
Registered with NZAC

Adé is a professional pluralist counsellor based in central Wellington. She has a Masters Degree in Counselling Studies. Adé takes a collaborative and relaxed person centred approach to counselling and has mainly worked with young people and adults. She also uses elements of emotion focused therapy, narrative therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy in her work to support people to make positive changes in their lives.

Sarah Markham
Counsellor (Auckland)
Professional Member NZAC

Sarah is a Skylight Counsellor in Auckland. She has experience working alongside children, young people, families and adults. She supports clients to move forward with a new found confidence and awareness. She uses a client lead counselling approach incorporating narrative therapy, CBT and play therapy.

Viola Beintken
Counsellor (Auckland)
Registered with NZAC

Viola has a Master's Degree master’s degree in Special Education, Psychology and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Since obtaining her counselling qualification in 2014, she has been in private practice, providing individual and family counselling, offering community courses and parenting support. In addition, I am counsellor at CAB Mt Roskill.

Shanti Rajan
Counsellor (New Plymouth and Taranaki Region)
Professional Member NZAC

Shanti has a Masters Degree of Counselling and has worked as a counsellor for over 15 years. She specializes in Mental Health related issues such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss and post-traumatic stress disorder. Shanti speaks a number of languages as is able to work with people from a diversity of cultural backgrounds and ethnicities through an approach of mutual respect, empathy and patience.

Kate Scott
Counselling Psychologist (Christchurch)
Professional member NZ Psychologists Board

Kate is a Registered Psychologist and Play Therapist working with young children, teens and adults. She works with grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, stress and depression, difficulties around gender expression, poor self-esteem, self-efficacy and motivation. She also works with children experiencing social, emotional and cognitive challenges at school. Her therapy style person-centered and uses tools and techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy. Her style is influenced by attachment theory and an eco-systemic paradigm, facilitating client’s self-exploration, growth and healing through a therapeutic alliance characterized by warmth, congruence, and non-judgemental acceptance of their reality.

Louise Rolfe
Counsellor (Wellington and Hutt Valley)
Registered with NZAC

Louise has a Bachelor of Counselling and has worked in Kapiti with women of all ages, experiencing a wide range of issues. She has also worked with parents experiencing a broad range of parenting issues and feels passionate about supporting families – she has five children of her own and has first-hand experience of the challenges of being a parent. Louise uses a client centred approach and incorporates elements of Narrative, Solution Focussed and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as other approaches – depending on the needs of the client. She aims to support clients to draw on their own strengths, enabling them to identify their own solutions.

Jackie Calder
Counsellor (Wellington)
Registered with NZAC

Jackie has a Diploma in Counselling and has worked as a Counsellor for over 15 years. Using a person centred approach Jackie works with adults, youth and children. A particular area of speciality for Jackie is working with children who have experienced trauma, loss, grief, anxiety and other issues that children may struggle with. Jackie uses sandtray therapy, drawing and play therapy in her work.

Suzana Sagadin 
Counsellor (Wellington)
Registered with NZAC

Suzana has worked with children/teens, families and adults. She uses a solution-focused, person centered approach, and uses play therapy. Suzana works with clients who have experienced trauma, grief, family breakdown and mental health issues. She is also interested in a neuro-scientific approach to counselling, specifically in self-healing methods. She understands the challenges for culturally diverse clients, based on gender and sexuality, as well as ethnicity. Suzana is passionate about providing a safe and non-judgmental space, where clients can draw on their own strengths and build their own solutions.

Sarah Wright
Counsellor (Wellington, Porirua)
Registered with NZAC

Sarah is experienced in counselling young people and their families. In particular she has worked with teenagers and university students and has provided support to the bereaved and the dying. Sarah has a gentle, non-judgemental, and person-centred approach. This gives her clients the space to develop a real person to person connection. Sarah works together with her clients to arrive at new ways of being and/or to make sense and meaning in their world. Sarah has a Masters in Counselling from Massey University.

Karen Hutchinson
Counsellor (Thames region)
Professional Member NZAC

Karen is a Narrative Therapist who trained at Unitec Auckland, gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling. Karen has experience in working with children, young people, individuals and couples. She specialises in identity and relationship restoration, grief and loss, and family harm intervention and recovery. Karen has a sound understanding of mental health issues for children and adults having previously worked as a mental health worker for 15 years. Karen is a mother of 4 children, two of whom are now adults.

Megan Bezuidenhout
Counsellor (Wellington)
Registered with NZAC

Megan has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology and has a breadth of experience providing trauma counselling, child-centred play therapy and critical incident stress debriefing to clients from diverse backgrounds who have experienced significant trauma in their lives. She understands the importance and power of mental wellbeing and focuses on a person-centred approach in her counselling.  Megan advocates for a holistic wellness approach, appreciating that each person's journey is deeply personal, guiding them to reconnect to their inner aliveness. In her counselling she focuses on areas such as of gaining self-esteem & confidence, overcoming grief and loss, and transitioning through life stages. 

Skylight Counselling is confidential, unless there is a serious risk of danger to the client and/or others.

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