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Imago Relationships - Certified Imago Therapist logoFionna is a qualified Counsellor and a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, holding full membership of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC, with formal qualifications and professional memberships as listed below.

My Approach

In my work I call on a range of counselling approaches that are woven into my work these include:
Person-Centred Therapy; Transactional Analysis; Imago Relationship Therapy; Family Systems Therapy; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Brief Intervention Counselling. Narrative Therapy; Creative Therapies; Interactive Drawing Therapy; and Small Figure work.

These approaches are provided in response to couples, individuals and families specific needs. I believe it is important for me to be clear about the way I work so that clients feel confident that what I can offer to them is a good match with what they are wanting.

My Practice

In my counselling practice, I draw on two main methodologies which inform my practice. The first is Transactional Analysis, which provides a positive view of human nature and people's capacity to change. This model helps to understand and explains how people function and express their personality in their behaviour from both positive and negative aspects. Transactional Analysis is a contractual method of counselling, which starts with the changes you want to make.

For additional information about Transactional Analysis on this page Read More or visit NZTAA or ITAA

The second is Imago Relationship Therapy, which is a unique method of working with couples, devised by Harville Hendrix. The aim of Imago Therapy is to create a safe space where couples can talk about the issues that are creating disconnection in their relationship. The counsellor facilitates the dialogue between partners to regain and rebuild connection. For most couples where safety is assured this process can be practised at home.

For additional information about Imago Relationship Therapy on this page Read More or visit NZIRT or IRT


Bachelor of Counselling
Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
Completed Advanced Trainings: Imago Relationship Therapy
Certificate of Advanced Training Transactional Analysis, Psychotherapy
NZ Association of Family Therapy, Practitioner
Certificate Te Whaharoa Maori, Mauri Ora
Certificate Mauri Ora, He Papa Tikanga

Professional Memberships:

New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC)            
New Zealand Imago Relationship Therapy (NZIRT)         
Imago Relationships International (IRT)                            
New Zealand Transactional Analysis Association (NZTAA)
International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA)  
New Zealand Association of Family Therapy (NZAFT)      
World Network of Family and Systemic Therapies (WNFAST)

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