Harmony Counselling Service

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About My Services at Harmony Counselling Service

Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

My Specialty Areas

I can assist you in restoring harmony, balance, and peace in your life from a range of life struggles including:

  • Anxiety & Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Work or Relationship Difficulties
  • Experiences of Grief & Loss
  • Family Harm & Anger Management
  • Sexual & Gender Identity Related Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Chronic Pain or Health Issues
  • Self-Esteem & Confidence Issues
  • Separation Issues
  • Redundancy & Career Change
  • Past Trauma or Current Critical Incidents
  • Hoarding & Clutter Behaviours
  • Personal or Family Crisis
  • Problems Regarding Intimacy
  • Career Issues & Changes
  • Help with Managing Self-Harm Behaviours & Suicidal Thoughts
  • Addictions

If the issue troubling you is not listed – feel free to phone me directly, Counsellor Gaye Mallinson at 022-357-0010 to discuss your particular needs. I provide Individual (Adults, Children& Youth), Couple  and Family counselling sessions in person at my consulting room at my private consulting room at 50 Croziers Rd, St Albans, Christchurch or via Skype, Zoom, Facetime or Phone. 

Telehealth is now widely recognised in New Zealand as an accepted medium to provide mental health services. If you would like to see an overview of the pros and cons of Skype counselling, check out the following link: 

I offer Animal Assisted Therapy utilising my own pets - 'Hamish' a Tabby Domestic Short Hair cat and 'Molly' a Red Seal Point Burmese cat as well as 'Maggie' a Poochon (Bischon Frise & Toy Poodle) dog who can be utilised in your sessions to support your therapy goals with the following benefits;

For Mental Health:
  • The simple act of petting animals releases an automatic relaxation response.
  • Releases many hormones such as Phenylethylamine which has the same effect as chocolate.
  • Lowers anxiety and helps people relax in a therapy setting.
  • Provides increased comfort when feeling distressed during sessions.
  • Assists in the recall of memories and may help clients with PTSD, head injuries or chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Can act as catalysts in the therapy process.
    • May help break the ice.
    • May reduce the initial resistance that might accompany therapy.
    • Clients report feeling increased motivation, enjoy the therapy sessions more, and feel the atmosphere of the session is less stressful during Animal-Assisted therapy.

For Physical Health:
  • Lowers blood pressure and pulse rate improving cardiovascular health.
  • Breathing slows in those who are anxious promoting greater emotional regulation.
  • Humans interacting with animals have found that petting an animal promoted the release of serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin - All hormones that can play a part in elevating mood and general feeling of wellbeing.
  • Diminishes overall physical pain.
  • People with Autism or other intellectual deficits engage with significantly greater use of language as well as social interaction within their therapy sessions that incorporated animals compared to standard therapy sessions without them.

Additionally you may wish to practice the simple skill of 'mindfulness' on your arrival, during the session and departure by simply noticing the chirping wild birds or clucking from the free range rescue pet chickens feeding on bird seed and foraging in the beautiful surrounds of the colourful flower garden, accompanied by the gentle sounds of the water fountain and wind chimes.

I can also provide individual counselling sessions for children and youth at my private consulting room based at St Albans, Christchurch. I incorporate age appropriate Child Play Therapy to support their positive engagement, to assist them to safely discuss their issues, and to help them achieve the harmony, peace, and happiness that they desire. 

I am able to offer a set number of free sessions if you are an employee and eligible for the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for counselling with Benestar, EAP Works, Instep, and Stratos through your employer

If you have experienced sexual harm and wish to access ACC Sensitive Claim funded counselling, as an ACC approved provider, I can support you with lodging a claim, along with fully funded therapy.

I can also offer a set number of fully funded sessions if you have been impacted by being a  victim of a serious crime or natural disaster, via a Victim Support Victim Assistance Scheme (VAS) referral.

The Cerebral Palsy Society provides Cerebral Palsy clients a set amount of funding via their voucher system to provide payment for your counselling sessions, which I am always happy to accept.

The Child Cancer Foundation provides a set number of sessions fully funded by them, for eligible families with a child who has been diagnosed with cancer.

If you are an existing WINZ client, low income earner or student you may be eligible for subsidised sessions from WINZ.

I work with people from primarily a Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) approach which is based on the core principles of empathy, genuineness, and acceptance. I then utilise Integrative Therapy which can incorporate techniques, concepts and practical and simple strategies including emotional regulation skills from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acknowledgement and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Solutions Focused Therapy (SFT), Gestalt Therapy, Imaginal Exposure Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Imago Relationships Therapy, Child Play Therapy (CPT), Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and various others when required, changing them to suit your needs as therapy progresses. 

I can also utilise various assessments where helpful and refer you to your doctor with a copy of your assessment to assist the medical staff for further treatment where it may be required.

WINZ Subsidy is Available to Eligible Clients

If you are already on a WINZ benefit, a low-income earner or student, you may be eligible for the WINZ counselling subsidy which pays for your sessions including additional funding for travel expenses to attend your sessions. Ask me,  your GP or WINZ regarding how to claim – it's simple!