The beginning of a new journey to flourishing and living well


About ALPHA counselling & coaching for well-being

“You’ve been trying to win the war with your mind, with your anxiety, with your urges , your thoughts. True?  Well, ACT is about letting the war roll on while you leave the battlefield.” (Steven C. Hayes)

Kia ora


My name is Alex, and I have worked with young people and adults in the education sector for over 25 years as a teacher, manager, coach and counsellor in both the UK and Aotearoa, NZ. 


With a Master of Counselling (1st Class Hons), I work as a person-centred counsellor & coach, with an eclectic kete of modalities including ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) to support you in a way that works best for you.  I am genuine, non-judgmental, empathic, down to earth and very approachable.  I have worked extensively with young people in schools as well as supporting adults and whānau.  I continue to work part-time as a counsellor in schools, whilst also counselling in private practice, alongside EAP counselling.


Current area of research

I am currently seeking to research further into taha wairua (spiritual health) within the field of Positive Psychology.  I am interested in how this often neglected aspect of ourselves can help us grow in resilience and find meaning through adversity in order to help us flourish. I have completed a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Well-being and am a great believer in the power of mindful and positive living. Having worked with a number of East Auckland schools to introduce well-being frameworks in positive education, I also offer individualised well-being coaching and consulting using the PERMA and Te Whare Tapa Whā frameworks.

To find out more about my approach to counselling and issues I have worked with, please click here.

To find out more about coaching and consulting in well-being education, please click here.



Master of Counselling (UoA) First Class Hons

Dip Pos Psych & Wellbeing

Post-Graduate Certificate in Education

Bachelor of Science (Hons)

Professional Memberships & Registrations

Member New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)

Registered Teacher with Education Council NZ (ECNZ)

New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology


Positive Education School Association


International Network on Personal Meaning


Post Primary Teachers' Association


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The beginning of a new journey to flourishing and living well.