Sharon du Preez | Counselling & Life coaching, Benestar EAP provider
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My name is Sharon. I was born in South Africa and immigrated to New Zealand in 2008 with my husband and two children. We lived in Wellington for 8 years before relocating to Blenheim.
I obtained a degree in psychological counselling from a university in South Africa. After moving to New Zealand, I furthered my official education with a diploma in Life Coaching. I have also read countless books and done tons of research as well as spending two years receiving regular counselling/coaching myself in order to grow myself as a counsellor.
During that time, I wrote a course for kids that taught them how to be more resilient and implemented it in several schools. I have been counselling adults and children under 12 since 2012 and thus have many hours of experience.
I now run my own practice in Blenheim where I have a counselling office and a fully equipped play-based counselling room for children.
With children, I use play as a way to make the child comfortable, give them ways to express themselves and I use toys as a tool to work on role play. I also do a lot of art and craft with my child clients as I find this is a very helpful way to help a child work through issues.
Please note: I do not work with adolescents
I can work online with adults via messenger, zoom and email. I can only work with children in person.
My office is based in Blenheim, New Zealand.
Statement concerning the coronavirus pandemic
I will see clients face to face in Blenheim, New Zealand at level 2 or lower. At level 3 or higher, I can continue to work with people online.
Qualifications and registrations
- BA Degree in psychological counselling
- Diploma in life coaching
- Certified in CBT
I have a particular interest in working with children and have studied child psychology extensively. I have raised two children and thus bring a certain amount of life experience to my work along with my training. I have a background in education.
When I work with people, I tend to use goal directed and solution focussed methods. Much of my experience and training was with CBT type counselling and I am heavily influenced by this.
If I am working with a child, sometimes it becomes necessary to work with the parents and the family around the child and, in that case, I can do relationship counselling and family therapy.
Areas of counselling I can help with
- ✓ Abuse
- ✓ Anxiety
- ✓ Being a perfectionist
- ✓ Being assertive
- ✓ Bereavement, grief, loss
- ✓ Burnout
- ✓ Communication
- ✓ Self confidence
- ✓ Covid-19 Anxiety
- ✓ Depression
- ✓ Fear
- ✓ Hyperventilation
- ✓ Insecurity
- ✓ Jealousy
- ✓ Low self esteem
- ✓ Panic attack
- ✓ Parenting
- ✓ Post-traumatic stress disorder
- ✓ Relationship issues
- ✓ Stress
- ✓ Workplace stress
- ✓ Worrying too much
$75 per hour
I do operate on a sliding scale so if you are unable to afford the full fee, please discuss that with me.
Availability (Opening hours)
|Tuesday||9:30am - 5:15pm|
|Wednesday||10:30am - 6pm|
|Thursday||9:30am - 5:15pm|
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