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Cassandra Gaisford | Holistic counsellor and integrative therapist


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Counselling Kerikeri

I favour a truly holistic approach. Drawing on over twenty years as a counsellor, holistic therapist and wellness practitioner.


I am skilled in helping people using a range of cognitive and holistic strategies, including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interactive Drawing Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, existential approaches, Appreciative Enquiry, Rogerian, REBT, Choice Therapy, and Positive Psychology techniques to name just a few. I also value the integration of spiritual approaches to treatment and healing.


I'm also the author of numerous self-empowerment, and personal development books, including Mind Your Drink: The Surprising Joy of Sobriety; Your Beautiful Mind: Control Alcohol and Love Life More; Bounce: Overcoming Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy—as well as my soon to be released book,  Anxiety Rescue.



Points of Difference

I use creative, innovative and customized solutions to meet clients’ needs. I don’t believe in a “one size fits all” approach. My techniques resources and solutions are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure best-practice solutions.


Professional Expertise and "Walking The Talk"
My wisdom comes from both life experience and schooling. I am professionally qualified and “walk the talk.” I have survived and thrived in the face of issues common to many of our clients. You'll benefit by being offered shortcuts to learning by sharing the wisdom I have gained on the way as I picked myself up and started again. This gives me a unique perspective and incredible empathy and insight when it comes to helping others.


Passionate and values-driven
I am passionate about helping others thrive in the face of setbacks. I love what I do and I do it well!


Holistic and Spiritual
I believe the best solutions integrate mind, body, and soul. Whichever way you define spirituality you'll benefit from tailored approaches that feed and nourish and empower your spirit.



"You don't realize the great healing you have in the pit of your soul and you were born to spread compassion"


"In Maoridom for me, I will relate to you as a  Kaitiaki, meaning 'guardian'. How I became to have you in my path was purely by spiritual contact a nudge an inner tiny voice directing me to you. Cass, you don't realize the great healing you have in the pit of your soul and you were born to spread compassion. You have those who watch over you and mine in return and yet they all speak the same language to us who are willing to hear and feel.   In such a long time have I never met a beautiful soul who finally understood me who went within and helped me grow from our sessions." ~ Victoria Rahiri

No matter where you are in New Zealand or the world. I can help you reach your potential in person, by phone, Skype/Zoom or by e-mail. Schedule an appointment—I'd love to provide guidance and support to help you live your best life.


Opleidingen en registraties

Qualifications and registrations


  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Massey University, 2014
  • Applied Diploma of Counselling, Wellington Institute of Technology, 2003         
  • Myers Briggs Personality Indicator (MBTI) - qualified to administer and interpret, 2001
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, Victoria University, 2008





Over twenty-years cumulative practical experience helping people (and their families) struggling with mental health: anxiety, depression, stress, addiction, career and other issues impacting their mental and emotional well-being, work and life


Expertise in:


  • Child therapy
  • Personal and workplace/career counselling and self-empowerment coaching
  • Life coaching
  • Relationship counselling
  • Anger Management


The number of sessions required vary. However, many people value my reduced fee Commitment Package of 6 prepaid sessions




Standard Charges

60 minutes $150

90 minutes $225


Children (12 & under)

40 minutes $100



90 minutes $225


Pre-Paid Packages

6 x Sessions @$810 - 10%

6 x Relationship sessions @$1215 - 10%


please check pricing prior to appointment


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