Welcome to Connect Counselling, a Wellington-based provider of professional and confidential counselling and therapy services.
Connect Counselling is a Wellington-based provider of professional and confidential counselling and therapy services, specialising in individual, relationship and family assistance.
Services are provided by Brian Gummer who is MNZAC accredited and holds over 30 years experience in both counselling and therapy. Brian brings a high level of skill, knowledge and passion to his work and is committed to achieving the most positive outcome for his clients.
Read more about Connect Counselling services below, or contact Brian directly to make an enquiry and discuss your individual needs.
"I have been working as a counsellor and therapist for over 30 years both in the UK and New Zealand, and have been based near Wellington for the past 15 years. During this time I have worked in numerous therapeutic roles and am passionate about providing a valuable service to my clients."
INDIVIDUAL & RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING
Brian is skilled in therapeutically assisting those who are wanting to work through life experiences which continue to impact upon their positive perception of "self", preventing their achievement of emotional well-being. Such issues can often be linked to symptoms including depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, self-doubt and a general lack of positiveness.
Brian assists clients in working through these issues to achieve increased self awareness and fulfillment, which are necessary for a person to feel confident in moving towards positive change in their life.
Communication is often a major factor contributing to relationship difficulties. For example, parties may be fearful of sharing or expressing their needs in the relationship due to perceived negative outcomes, such as further rejection or misunderstanding. Difficulties may occur when parties are not feeling ‘heard’ in the relationship. Counselling assists the parties to truly hear each other, allowing movement towards a happier and more content relationship life.
FAMILY THERAPY & YOUTH COUNSELLING
Brian holds over thirty years experience in family therapy and youth counselling, including ten years as a specialist in child, adolescent and family services with a local DHB.
Family therapy is based upon the belief that we are all connected within our family systems, and any problem presented by one member will inevitably impact the wider family. Family therapy requires the involvement of as many family members as possible to achieve the most successful outcome.
CREATIVE THERAPEUTIC METHODS
Brian also has significant training and experience in the use of creative therapies to assist clients in achieving their goals. These include art and sand tray therapy, which act as a means of expression and discovery for times when words may not be enough. These are safe yet real ways of exploring future change, encouraging ongoing movement towards improved emotional well-being.
WORKING WITH BRIAN
"I have a style which is welcoming, relaxed, and considers the relationship between therapist and client as hugely important when working towards any positive outcome. Every attempt is made to complete therapy within the shortest time possible, however this will clearly depend upon the depth and complexity of the issue at hand. Sessions usually last an hour and will ideally take place on a regular weekly or fortnightly basis."
SERVICE HOURS & LOCATION
Counselling service hours are very flexible, including evenings and weekends. Appointment scheduling can be discussed in an enquiry, and can be tailored to suit your needs.