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Dr Petro Booysen | Counsellor and Life Consultant

Mo St
5026 Porirua

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My name is Dr Petro Booysen and I have more than 25 years experience in mental health and business.


In my practice in Porirua I support people to positively address challenges in their lives, to enable them to live with an empowered attitude and find the joy and fulfillment they are striving for.


I embrace the strengths-based practice approaches in my work and I have a special interest in mindfulness. I find that practicing from a strengths perspective is hope enhancing, respectful, and collaborative and that clients benefit greatly from such an approach.


Aligned with the strengths approach and mindfulness, I use the approach known as The Three Principles or the Inside Out approach. This is a powerful way to become aware of the effect we have on our personal reality and on change.


You can contact me regarding:



Personal coaching / counselling

Need support in facing life's challenges? My services are in relation to assisting with issues such as:


  • Anger management 
  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness 
  • Depression


  • Frustration 
  • Life changes and transitions 
  • Life crisis 
  • Personal or emotional problems 


  • Relationship or family issues 
  • Self Esteem and confidence  
  • Social stressors 
  • Stress management 



Career coaching/counselling

My services are in relation to assisting with issues such as:


  • Career change / development 
  • Goals 
  • Job interview preparation
  • Job search strategies


  • Motivation
  • Optimal functioning in the workplace and Workplace issues 
  • Relationship issues in your professional life 



Mindful living  

Making space for the present moment leads to happiness and well-being.  


Some benefits of mindfulness:


  • Prevention of chronically relapsing depression
  • Decreases burnout
  • Decrease anxiety and binge eating


  • Reduce perceived stress  
  • Improve general well-being 
  • Less emotional reactivity and faster recovery from upsetting emotions



Career experience

I am a Clinical Social Worker and I work as a Counsellor and Life consultant. In my role I offer individual counselling/coaching, career consulting, and relationship counselling /coaching and my main approach is The Three Principles Approach, 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. The well-being and functioning of the employees were part of my main responsibilities. 


Nowadays my counselling service can assist you in Porirua.


Would you like to know more or make an appointment, feel free to contact me.




Online therapy

I also use telephone counselling and online therapy - Skype, Zoom and Facetime.

Qualifications and registrations

  • 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.



I am passionate to help clients experience that it is really possible to live with a sense of freedom and well-being.


Fear, worry thoughts, chronic stress and overwhelm are underlying most human suffering (anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, anger etc).


Awareness of the role that our mental constructs play in our emotional regulation is so empowering and liberating.


I mostly use a short-term/brief therapy approach and find that in 4 or 5 sessions one can experience a significant difference.


  • Individual counselling = $100 per session. 


I offer in-person and skype sessions and although I mostly work office hours I have some late and some weekend sessions available too. 

Availability (Opening hours)

Monday In Porirua all day
Tuesday In Porirua all day
Wednesday In Porirua all day
Thursday In Porirua all day
Friday In Porirua all day
Saturday -
Sunday -



Reviews Counselling Porirua

Below you will find reviews about Counselling Porirua - Dr Petro Booysen

Rating of 5 out of 5
Based on 7 reviews

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√ I recommend this therapist

I really benefited from my sessions with Petro

I really benefited from my sessions with Petro. I looked forward to our time together, from the moment you arrive Petro creates a welcoming environment, offering you a cup of tea and a relaxing space helping you unwind from your busy day.

Using mindfulness techniques Petro helped me to step back from my thoughts and see some of the unhelpful and self critical patterns I've unknowingly been holding onto for a long time.


She provided a non judgemental space and lots of tools and interesting videos to explore at home.

By the end of our time together I felt less anxious, more in control of my thoughts and overall more content in myself.

| Wellington | 2 Oct 2019
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Highly recommended!

Petro is a very down to earth therapist who helps her clients see how thinking leads to emotions which leads to behavior. Very heartfelt and actually gives a damn. Highly recommended!

| Wellington | 3 Sep 2019
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Petro has helped me in so many ways

Petro has helped me in so many ways, she’s incredibly personable and calm, while guiding the session in such a helpful way.


I couldn’t recommend her more!

| Kapiti Coast | 12 Aug 2019
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Petro is kind and compassionate

I saw Petro when struggling with grief after my marriage breakup. Petro is kind, compassionate and was influential with providing me with the skills to move forward and find balance and happiness in my life again.

| Wellington | 30 Jul 2019
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Petro is a wonderful counsellor

Petro is a wonderful counsellor. She is compassionate, patient and has a lovely sense of clam about her. I found Petro to be very intuitive and at the same time highly practical in the application of tools and techniques to help me move forward in a very resourceful way.


Petro always worked with me and moved at my pace and timing, which was very comforting.

I would strongly recommend Petro to anyone as a trusted counsellor. She has wonderful integrity and ethics and has helped me tremendously.

| Wellington | 27 Jun 2019
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I have had wonderful help and support

I have had wonderful help and support from Petro Booysen over several years.

She is an outstanding counsellor and psychologist. She has excellent skills and strategies and is very caring, empathetic, knowledgeable and capable.

I feel so fortunate to have found her. Petro has helped me to deal with, and get on top of a very difficult and painful situation to the extent that things have improved enormously.

I whole heartedly recommend Petro.

| Wellington | 11 Jun 2019
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Petro is an exceptional counsellor

Petro is an exceptional counsellor who has changed my life.

She has helped me overcome depression and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise which has improved my quality of life.

Petro is extremely kind and thoughtful and always puts you at ease.

I highly recommend Petro as a gifted counsellor who brings light and clarity into your life.

| Wellington | 4 Jun 2019
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