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 fulfillment they are striving for.
I have a PhD in Social Work from the University of Auckland and work in private practice in Porirua and Wellington.
I’m a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers – ANZASW.
- 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.
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- 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 >>
I have more than 25 years experience in the health sector.
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/marriage counselling /coaching and my main approach is 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, any 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 main 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.
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Counselling Porirua – Wellington
I’m Petro. I offer counselling & therapy, career coaching, relationship counselling and mindfulness sessions.