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Sindy van Zyl | Registered Counsellor

90 Salisbury Rd
4010 Gisborne
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Counselling Gisborne



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My name is Sindy van Zyl.

I'm a registered counsellor and I offer counselling in Gisborne.


My family and I relocated to New Zealand in 2017 and happily decided Gisborne would be our new home.


Prior to moving to New Zealand, I spent 6 years working for the South African Police’s Psychological Service, assisting members of the service, their families and the public, with their various life challenges.


The South African Police Services provided me with in-depth knowledge and experience in the treatment of trauma, depression, grief, anxiety, substance dependence and anger management.


Therapy & counselling

I enjoy working with adults and adolescents using a variety of therapy models. My approach to therapy is flexible based on the client’s needs. I believe effective counselling and support begins and ends with the client’s needs and goals as a top priority. 


We may use Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT), which is a one-to-one talking therapy that gives you the tools to reprogram your emotional or habitual responses. It's an effective technique that can often dissolve mind-related problems far more quickly than you might think. 


I also believe counselling should be a collaborative process that can facilitate healing through a process of trust and authentic communication.


Clients have internal and external resources that they can draw upon when constructing solutions to the challenges they face. I use different interventions at different times during the counselling process based on the client’s journey.


I remain open to my own growth and journey as a counsellor with the outlook that there is always room to learn more and develop further. I see clients at my office in Salisbury Road, Gisborne.


As a wife and mother of 2 boys, I love life and enjoy an active lifestyle. My personal stance to the all-allusive “success” in life, is balance. Too much of anything is not a good thing.


I have a holistic view of life and believe true happiness comes from balance: physically, spiritually, psychologically and socially.


Qualifications and registrations

  • BA Degree in Psychology (Unisa) South Africa
  • BA Honours Degree in Psychology (Unisa) South Africa
  • Registration: NZAC – Counsellor – Provisional member
  • Registered BWRT practitioner and BBRS member




$120 incl gst per session

Availability (Opening hours)

Monday 9am – 3pm
Tuesday 9am – 3pm
Wednesday 9am – 3pm
Thursday 9am – 3pm
Friday 9am – 3pm
Saturday on arrangement
Sunday on arrangement


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