Athena Hemming | Heart and Mind Coach
Counselling Upper Hutt - Hutt Valley
My name is Athena. You're welcome for counselling & relationship counselling in Upper Hutt.
Although I qualified as a psychologist 35 years ago, I now feel my work is more accurately described by the words "Heart and Mind Coach".
I've found that a sense of inner peace, of feeling comfortable in your own skin, is present when heart, mind, body and spirit are all aligned; on the same page and moving forwards together.
It is hard to say this stuff about yourself (isn't it?) but as well as bringing a wealth of personal experiece to each session, I bring compassion, intuition and a great sense of humour.
When we went into lockdown, level 4, most of my clients decided to wait until we could resume face-to-face counselling, but not all. I noticed that some people seemed comfortable chatting on the phone about their situation. We could discuss options, skills and belief patterns. Those clients saw change, and for some, it meant that I got to know their circumstances so that we hit the ground running when things start to return to full social contact. Of course though, energetically speaking, a session by skype or phone doesn't feel quite so supportive for change and transformation.
While we were in Level 4 lock down Andy and I were completely involved with unpacking and settling into our new home here in Totara Park . By some miracle we managed to find, secure and then, 1 week before lockdown, move into this home. Some of you may know we bought some land in Akatarawa and were going to build (this was a dream of Andy's) . Then our builder went into liquidation and half a year later we decided to sell our beautiful land and look for a house. House hunting (and with 2 teenage young men) was a huge challenge.
So nothing turned out the way we thought it was going to but actually after 2 years it's a happy ending for us.
During our time renting in Lower Hutt I feel as though I re-acquainted myself with running my own business as a counselor. During the 6 months before the lock down I was doing around 15 (no more than 20) sessions a week, working evenings and Saturdays mostly with couples. Many people come fortnightly after the first few weeks. I've been enjoying my work and remembering how wonderful it is to be a small part of helping individuals achieve their goals and feel happier.
I'm hoping that when we go into level 2, or even better, when the Clovid - 19 crisis is behind us, I will again have clients in my session room at home here, my sons will go back to cooking dinner at night (I'm often working 5-6pm) and we'll all be a little wiser.
One of the beauties of working part-time is that I can be flexible, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want more information.
"Athena is a special wise women who will reach into your heart and help gently put the pieces of the puzzle back together. She understands my journey and knows what to say to make sense of things I wouldn't have ever thought of that lay deep in my unconscious .
Athena has been the only person who has helped me discover the source of my anxiety and has helped me become mostly anxiety free. I didn't think I would ever find the peace I was looking for."
"I'm so thankful for Athena.I must thank you for helping me understand what it was that was kicking me around.
However if things do get too much once more, I know who to go to :)"
"Hi Athena thank you for the fantastic help you have given to our daughter. It is nice took see our little girl starting to reappear again......and Thank you from the bottom of our hearts".
You are welcome to contact me with questions, to get to know me better, before deciding if I am the right person for you.
Statement concerning the coronavirus pandemic
Areas of counselling I can help with
- ✓ Abuse
- ✓ Addiction
- ✓ Anger management
- ✓ Anxiety
- ✓ Being a perfectionist
- ✓ Being assertive
- ✓ Bereavement, grief, loss
- ✓ Body image
- ✓ Bullying
- ✓ Burnout
- ✓ Communication
- ✓ Self confidence
- ✓ Depression
- ✓ Fear
- ✓ Feeling lonely
- ✓ Insecurity
- ✓ Jealousy
- ✓ Low self esteem
- ✓ Obsessive compulsive disorder
- ✓ Panic attack
- ✓ Parenting
- ✓ Phobia
- ✓ Post-traumatic stress disorder
- ✓ Relationship issues
- ✓ Sleep problems
- ✓ Stress
- ✓ Trauma
- ✓ Workplace stress
- ✓ Worrying too much
$90 per session of 1 hour
Late cancellation and no-show fees apply.
Availability (Opening hours)
|Monday||11am - 8:30pm|
|Tuesday||11am - 8:30pm|
|Wednesday||11am - 8:30pm|
|Thursday||11am - 8:30pm|
|Saturday||9am - 5pm|
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InterviewRead the interview with Athena Hemming below.
Please note : Answers written in note form not proper English! 😊
Hope for the Flowers ( cartoon book about the personal growth journey has seen from the point of view of a caterpillar)
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