Ark Essentials

Professional Christian counselling service

Hi I'm Penny-Laine

Christian counsellor based on the Hibiscus coast of Auckland, NZ. Registered with I AM HOPE for funding for teenagers. Specialise in working with teenagers, young adults, mothers and parents.

As a counsellor I highly value your worth as a human being. In a safe counselling environment, where you feel accepted and validated, we can talk about the things that are causing you stress and overwhelm. You will be able to explore your thoughts, emotions and behaviours and we we will work together to establish goals that align with your values. We will also explore strategies and tools that may support you to reach these goals, practicing and troubleshooting together.

Qualification, Registrations and Memberships

I currently hold a Bachelor of Education (Hons) in Educational Psychology (2015) from the University of Pretoria and have completed various trainings since then as continued learning and development.

Registration: Provisional Member NZ Association of Counsellors (ProvMNZAC)

My approach and special interests

I work in a friendly and down-to-earth manner, supporting my clients to feel as comfortable as possible discussing their challenges with me. My aim is to support you to reach your goals and to feel empowered by the counselling process. I work from a Christian perspective while drawing on various therapeutic approaches including ACT, CBT, person-centered, temperament based and DBT.

I have specific interest in the following areas:
Life Coaching
Stress and overwhelm
and Faith

Background and Experience

I have been working as a counsellor since 2015. Originally studying, training and registering in South Africa after which I immigrated to New Zealand in 2018.
I worked for the Community Alcohol and Drug services youth team for about 5 years –  specifically focusing on youth who face challenges with alcohol and other drugs as well as mental health challenges. As part of the team I also supported parents of the youth we were working with through individual sessions as well as support groups.
  I am also trained as an Evergreen Parenting consultant, facilitating Christian parenting courses periodically - more information on these can be found under courses.


Online and in-person sessions available
Tuesdays - Thursdays between 10:00 and 14:30

If you are looking at booking your first session, please book the free 15-minute consultation first. This will be a phone call and the aim is to chat about your reason for seeking counselling and to determine if I will be able to support you. 

Fees and payment options

Appointments are $100 per 50min session
Invoices are sent upon completion of the session and are payable withing 48 hours
Cancellation fee's apply 

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