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All-ages Counselling Service


Name: Dr Helen Cooney

Qualification: BSc (Hum Biol), MB ChB, FRANZCP, Cert Sports Med.

Special Area of Expertise: Mental Health of Women including Perinatal Psychiatry and Psychiatry of Old Age.

Approach:I use a bio- psycho- social approach to supported assessments. This means collecting information, making a diagnosis, making sure you understand the diagnostic process, then developing the treatment plan with you and your therapist. Medication could be part of this plan but never in isolation


Name: Juliette Baertschi

Qualifications: Masters of Arts in Psychology, Diploma in Counselling, One year of Post Graduate Diploma in CBT, Certificate in Couple Counselling, Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision

Professional Membership:New Zealand Association of Counsellors.

Modalities: Person Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing.

Profile: Juliette has diverse experience in working with individuals (adults and adolescents) as well as couples. She works with a variety of issues including: grief, loss, depression, anxiety, and pregnancy, as well as self esteem, identity and relationships difficulties.

Specialty Experience: Pregnancy / Post-termination and Miscarriage Counselling.  Juliette works in a holistic and impartial way that empowers women to make informed choices that are best for them. Partners and support people are also welcome.

Juliette has also provided supervision for counsellors and other mental health professionals since 2009.


Kirk Vette2 

Name: Kirk Vette

Qualifications: Bachelor Counselling, Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision

Professional Membership: New Zealand Christian Counselling Association. 

Modalities: Kirks work integrates various modalities including Person Centred Counselling, CBT, structural and systemic family therapy.

Approach:Kirk works with individuals, couples and families. Working with the issues that they bring including depression, anxiety, grief and relationship difficulties.

Kirk also facilitates groups for people who struggle with anxiety. 

Specialty areas include: working with young people and families and supervising counsellors and youth development workers.

Kirk works with a wide variety of people from diverse cultural and ethnic back grounds.

 Toni Shepherd

 Name: Toni Shepherd 

Qualification: BCom. Grad Dip Psych.Post Grad Advanced Psych Practice. Advanced Clinical Practice.

Special Area of Expertise: Maori, Adolescents, Whanau.

Approach: While my approach varies for each client, I primarily utilise psychodynamic psychotherapy, trauma focused models, cognitive behavioural techniques and indigenous wisdom. 


Name: Zoe Vucich

Qualifications: Registered psychotherapist (PBANZ); PG Dip Health Sciences (specialising in Advanced Psychotherapy, Sexology, Sex Therapy and Clinical Supervision); MNZAP

Areas of Expertise: Zoe works with sex and intimacy problems. She is experienced in such issues as burn-out, life transitions, depression, creative blocks, and relationship struggles and confusion.

Approach: Zoe often works with people who have had enough of struggling and confusion. Experience has taught her that sharing problems with a caring and effective listener can help us live with more depth and freedom. For the most part she works short and medium term from a variety of theoretical perspectives (including CBT, psychodynamic, relational, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, positive psychology, mindfulness, solution-focused and transactional analysis).


Brigitte Puls

Name: Brigitte Puls

Qualification: NZ reg psychologist (clinical scope of practice), NZ reg. psychotherapist. Clinical Movement Dance Therapist ( EAG). Dances of Universal Peace Leader ( certified). Certificate in Supervision ( AUT). Senior lecturer at AUT (part-time). Member NZAP, CTAA, DTAA, DUPANZ.

Area of Expertise: Working with children.  Based on careful assessment, Brigitte may work with children and adults (including in groups) with diverse symptoms and problems addressing emotional, social, somatic and spiritual concerns.

Approach: Brigitte follows a flexible, simple and creative approach to psychotherapy and counselling. Her focus is on facilitating a person finding their natural aliveness and energy, and understanding how (and why) they block this energy in the present moment. This process of discovering "who they truly are" leads to empowerment and the (re-) unifying of body, mind and Spirit . Apart from talking, Brigitte's repertoire of techniques may include mindfulness, body awareness and the use of sandtray for adults, and a playtherapeutic approach with children.


Maragaret Lewis

Name: Margaret Lewis,

Qualification: Bachelor of Counselling,

Area of expertise: Adults, youth and children who have experienced Grief and Loss,Trauma, Domestic Violence, historical or recent Sexual Abuse,

Approach: Client centred, CBT, Trauma work, Child Centred Playtherapy, Sandtray therapy, Mindfullness


Name: Fiona Wilson 

Qualification: I studied Medicine at the University of Auckland, graduating MBChB in 1992 and became a registered medical practitioner in 1993.  It was reading Viktor Frankl’s book, “Man’s Search for Meaning”  that inspired me to study Psychiatry. I trained in Psychiatry in Auckland and qualified as a Consultant Psychiatrist in 2007, gaining the Fellowship of the Royal and Australian College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP).  Since 2007, I have worked at both Tiaho Mai and Te Whetu Tawera (acute inpatient Psychiatric units at Middlemore and Auckland hospitals), the Cottage Community Mental Health Centre (Otahuhu) and Manawanui Maori Mental Health Service (Point Chevalier).  I have been working in a General Adult Psychiatrist role at Manaaki House Community Mental Health Centre in Panmure since 2011.  In the last few years, I have gained an Advanced Certificate in Adult Psychiatry, Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (PGDipCBT, Massey University) and achieved 5 competencies in the Takarangi Framework (Cultural Competency).

Approach: It’s a privilege to be a Psychiatrist and to hear so many people’s stories and share their journey of Recovery.  The goodness of people and their capacity for resilience in the most difficult of circumstances continue to inspire me.  In accordance with the RANZCP Code of Ethics, my aim is to work collaboratively and have an holistic approach that acknowledges the biological, psychological, social/family, cultural and spiritual underpinnings of good mental health.  I have a particular interest in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) as a Psychological model.  It is a pleasure to join the Youthline team to provide Psychiatric assessments for ACC sensitive claims.