Kia ora my name is Donna Rivers, I grew up in Dunedin and I have been living in Nelson for the last 21 years. I have been providing professional counselling for 6 years and work in private practice locally in Central Richmond and once a week in Blenheim and I also offer online counselling sessions.
I am provisionally registered with New Zealand Association of Counsellors which provides a strong code of ethics and complaints procedure.
I provide counselling walking alongside whānau with a range of issues from anxiety, depression, prolonged grief disorder, suicide bereavement, relationship problems, trauma, self-esteem and much more.
I provide a gentle approach utilising te ao Māori and western world approaches to develop effective strategies, or a longer term move towards more distressing issues.
The modalities of practice utilised are Pūrakau Pūtāketanga, Te Whare Tapa Wha, Meihana as well as the western world approaches Person-centred therapy, Solution-focused therapy, Cognitive behavioural therapy and Outdoor therapy.
I look forward to welcoming whānau to share the journey of healing in a way that is conducive to whānau.
I have a Bachelor of Applied Social Science Counselling degree, I have previous study in Business IT Technology, Small Business Management, and learning in Rongoā Māori.
I have continued training in the areas of Trauma, Working with Trauma using Māori Tikanga-base Models of practice, Addictions, the Outdoor Experience in Therapy, and Wairuatanga Connection to Māori suicide.