Jonathan Casbolt, Counsellor
Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand
Someone who understands
There are times in life when we face adversities that hold us back, and prevent us from feeling fulfilled and happy.
As a professionally trained, qualified and registered counsellor, I am here to help you, or someone you care about.
I offer a warm, caring, and non-judgmental environment where my clients can share their life difficulties and concerns.
I find it rewarding to work with people who might be at a low point in their lives when I initially see them, and as we work together they build the courage, skills, and resilience to make life worthwhile.
I specialise working with individuals, youth, and adults of all ages. I help people get through a variety of challenges, including:
mental health and well being
coping with change and uncertainty
stress related issues
workplace issues, conflict and pressure
family challenges and relationship issues
low self-esteem, low self-confidence
personal growth & life transition issue
illness, grief and loss.
EVENING SESSIONS – I offer evening session times to cater for clients who live out of town or who cannot make a daytime appointment.
I am more than happy to answer your questions. Have a look at my FAQ page, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you require further information.
I am a professionally trained, qualified and registered counsellor and mental health support worker. I hold a Diploma in Professional Counselling, a Diploma in Applied Mental Health, a Certificate in Adult Teaching, and provisional membership of the NZ Association of Counsellors. I bring maturity to my work, and can draw upon a valuable range of work-life experiences.
MY PHILOSOPHY AND APPROACH
Counselling is a form of talking therapy and this sits at the heart of my approach. I provide a safe, confidential, warm and non-judgmental environment where you can explore thoughts, feelings and issues that are causing you difficulty and affecting your life. My role as a counsellor is not there to tell you what to do or solve your issues for you, but work alongside you to develop new skills, insights and strategies to help you resolve your issues and to make appropriate changes to your life.
I work from a Person-centred foundation incorporating other talking therapies where appropriate based on who you are and you’re presenting issue. I am trained in Person Centred, Behavioural, Gestalt, Solution-Focused, Narrative and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) based talking therapies . A brief outline of some of these approaches can be found in the FAQ section of this website as well as answers to common questions you may have.
As a member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC) I adhere to the code of ethics and standards of practice, including confidentiality which I take very seriously. I understand its particular importance living in the small towns and rural areas of Central Otago. The extent of confidentiality is explained in the FAQ section of this website and will be explained in more detail when we meet.
FIVE WAYS TO WELLBEING
I am a supporter of five simple evidence based actions promoted by the Mental Health Foundation, which is shown to improve wellbeing. These include Connecting, Give, Taking notice, Keep learning and Be active. I may ask about the role of these five actions in maintaining wellbeing in your life.