I am a father of two teenage girls whom I share the responsibility of caring for with my ex-partner of seventeen years. I have direct experience with marital separation and I personally know how difficult relationships can be. This personal experience informs how I manage and assist others experiencing difficulties to address issues and concerns and to positively move forward.
Chris Caruana’s Professional Training
My formal counselling training consists of a Masters Degree in Counselling (Narrative Therapy) from the University of Waikato and a Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (NZQA). I have a Bachelors of Arts Degree majoring in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching. I am a certified Master Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner and advanced hypnotherapist. I have had extensive professional training and a strong interest in couples and family counselling, mediation and restorative practices. I have been a full member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) since 1992.
Chris Caruana’s Approach as a Counsellor
I am committed to working collaboratively with people to reach new understandings and to find new possibilities of how to live. In therapy conversations I am guided by the ideas and practices of Narrative Therapy, Resorative Justice and Solution-focused/Brief therapy. I see counselling as a process where client’s ideas and experiences are heard, respected and focused upon as central to the conversations held.