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Professional supervision

What is it and why is it so important?

Professional supervision is a formal process by which qualified professionals can meet, share clinical information, engage in reflective discussions, review their current workload and develop critical analytical skills. A process like this should take place between two or more professionals, either on a regular one-to-one basis or in group sessions.

We can support individuals or teams in this process of professional learning and development that allows individuals to reflect on and develop their knowledge, skills, and competence through supported discussion and collaboration.

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Our Professional Supervisors

Averill Waters

Birkenhead, Auckland

About Averill

MNZAC, B.A., M. Couns (First Class Hons), Post Grad Cert (Counselling Supervision)

Professional SupervisorAverill has held positions in a range of organisations, including schools, universities, and many community organisations. She has been Chair of Highbury House, a National Executive Member of Playcentre and was, until recently, the secretary of the Auckland Branch of New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC). 

Her particular interest still lies in helping people dealing with chronic and life-threatening illness and their families, and those experiencing loss and grief and existential distress. She also helps people with various psychological and emotional suffering, including anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, relationship challenges, and general personal growth and adjustment issues.

She takes a holistic, person-centred, existential, and eclectic approach to counselling. Being a migrant herself, she is sensitive to cultural differences and their importance in the mind's journey to healing and has worked with people from various backgrounds and cultures.

She is fluent in Farsi/Persian and English.

Coralie Gibson

Birkenhead, Auckland

About Coralie

MNZAC, PGDIP Narrative Counselling, Professional Supervisor

Coralie is a registered counsellor with NZAC and holds a post-graduate diploma in narrative counselling. Coralie takes a person-centred and strength-focused approach. She brings 30+ years of experience working in the health care profession being a nurse and a midwife. She enjoys working alongside all people and considers it a privilege to journey with people through their loss and grief.

Coralie provides clinical supervision for professionals and offers a supportive and nourishing experience so you can continue to work safely, ethically and look after yourself.

Diane Collins


About Diane Collins

Diane has 16 years’ experience as a counsellor specialising in loss and grief, and trauma. She is a person-centred counsellor and integrates other modalities such as art and sand tray to suit each client’s needs. She also works as a counsellor in Pukekohe, working with clients of all ages and ethnicities, and works with Victim Support there.

Loss and grief is a personal journey that affects us all in different ways and sometimes, in ways we do not expect. Being able to tell our story in a safe environment can help us accept our new way of being and gain an understanding of the way we feel. Diane recognises that each person’s story is different and that we are affected by grief in different ways. She honours that with compassion, empathy, and respect. She also understands the importance of working within each person’s culture and belief system. 

Johann van den Berg

Birkenhead, Auckland

About Johann

MNZAC, BA (Hons), PGDipEd (Couns), MEd (Couns)(Hons), MACBS

Professional SupervisorJohann is a professional supervisor and counsellor in private practice on the North Shore. He also does some teaching and examining at tertiary level in counselling. Johann migrated from Africa to New Zealand in 2001. He has worked at tertiary level as a counsellor, having completed post graduate studies at the University of Auckland as a mature student.

Johann continues to enjoy the journey alongside students in their growth as practitioners, as well as the challenges and complexities faced by experienced practitioners. He has a keen interest in loss and grief, cultural difference, migration, and marginalisation in its various forms, and assisting clients in reaching their full potential. Passionate about the arts, Johann lives on the North Shore with his partner and energetic canine companion.

Nola Forsyth

Birkenhead, Auckland

About Nola

MNZAC, MSW (A) Hons, Registered Celebrant, MANZATSA, MCANZ Professional Supervisor

Nola has worked in social services and counselling for many years and is a trained professional supervisor. She now provides supervision only. Nola has managed a team of counsellors, along with counselling students and researchers and has counselled a very wide range of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. 

Nola has a breadth of experience in individual, couples, family, and group work, including counselling for loss and grief, relationship issues, depression and anxiety, eating issues, sexually harmful behaviour, domestic violence, and employee assistance. She is warm, empathetic, safe, ethical and client centred.  

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