Portrait of Brenda Finlayson Counsellor DunedinBrenda Finlayson - counsellor

Growth and change are always possible, never inevitable. The desire for change often emerges from challenging times when we gain deep insight into ourselves and the way we wish to live. Through love and friendship, grief and loss, we find meaning and purpose - diamonds in the dust of life.

A more fulfilling life

Brenda is an intuitive counsellor who offers a safe place for personal exploration on the way to a more fulfilling life. Stress can create a build-up of worry and fear that affects the brain, often resulting in patterns of behaviour that have helped us through tough times but do not serve us in the longer term. Lasting change comes when we can leave behind these outmoded ways to live more authentically, in tune with our true selves. Exploring our psychological, behavioural and physiological patterns is the first step in forming new pathways in the brain that can drive permanent change. Through a trusting therapeutic partnership, you can use your inner strength and self-knowledge to construct a sturdy scaffold for managing the ups and downs of daily life.

Experience with people

Brenda has always worked with people, first as a journalist and and now as a qualified counsellor. She uses a variety of methods to help build self-awareness, confidence, emotional balance and resilience. Confidential sessions are tailored to each person’s aspirations and goals, and many people find that just a few meetings are enough to bring about permanent change. Brenda has experience working with most life issues including anxiety, depression, transitions, substance use, relationships, self-esteem, grief, goal-setting and decision-making. Brenda has a Bachelor of Social Services (Counselling) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling. She is a provisional member of the NZ Association of Counsellors and meets WINZ Disability Allowance requirements. Brenda participates in regular professional development and supervision, in line with the requirements of the NZAC. She works in central Dunedin and also offers Zoom, Skype and telephone sessions. The fee is $90 or $70 concession.

I want to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.

Mary Oliver