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Counselling Porirua-Wellington - Petro

Petro Booysen

Hi, I am Petro and I aspire to help people address the challenges in their lives to enable them to live with a positive empowered attitude and find the joy and fulfilment they are striving for.

I have a PhD in Social Work from the University of Auckland and work in private practice in Porirua.


  • PhD – The University of Auckland
  • Masters degree in clinical Social Work (M.Soc.Sc (SW) (clinical))
  • EAGALA training part one and two
  • MBSR (Mindfulness-based stress reduction) Graduate

PhD at The University of Auckland School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work: Aotearoa New Zealand Strengths-Based Counselling Practice Framework for Social Work.


  • Booysen, P., & Staniforth, B. (2016). Counselling in social work: A legitimate role? Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 29(1), 16–27. anzswjournal.nz >>
  • Staniforth, B., & Booysen, P. (2016). Counselling training in social work in Aotearoa New Zealand. Are we there yet? Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 18(2), 24- 38. informit.com.au >>

Career experience:

I have more than 25 years experience in mental health and business.

I am a Clinical Social Worker. I work as a Counsellor and Life consultant. In my role I offer individual counselling/coaching, career consulting, and relationship counselling /coaching and my main approaches are The Three Principle approach, Solution Focused Therapy, Strength-based practice, and Mindfulness practice.

Previous work experience included working in Chemical Dependency rehabilitation at a well-known Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Centre in South Africa (Riverfield Lodge) as one of the individual and group therapists. In my role there I did individual therapy, group therapy, relaxation therapy, some family therapy and couples therapy. I also worked as Field Education Coordinator at The University of Johannesburg – teaching students the practical skill of Social Work.

In my own business – an IT Recruitment Company – a major part of my role was counselling and coaching of staff in a high-energy, fast-paced sales and achievement-orientated environment. This entailed goal setting, performance and achievement planning and counselling regarding motivation, general life difficulty or crisis and stress affecting work performance.

I also presented group training on various topics like goal setting, motivation, EQ, planning and other relevant topics to the work environment. The well-being and functioning of the employees were part of my responsibilities. Being in a sales environment, the wellness, happiness, stress levels and motivation of the employees had a direct effect on the success of the business.

Other online profiles:

> Therapycounselling.net
> Therapycouples.net

> Linkedin

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if you would like to make an appointment.

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