Therapist Profile

Jan Williams –  Counsellor & Therapist

“The factors that contributed to my growth were many – finding someone who understood me, exploring the unconscious, awakening to my self . . . but one star is brightest among all: the self. I found the source of livingness inside me, something I didn’t even know existed.”

  • Diploma of Psychosynthesis Counselling Auckland
  • Diploma of Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy Auckland
  • Certificate in Supervision
  • Registered Nurse, MNZNO

I enjoy people and this work. I am married, a mother of 3, have 2 step children and grandchildren.

My various life experiences have inspired me to work as a therapist.
I have also worked in nursing, business and I have trained in kinesiology.

I am passionate about empowering others to –

  • find their way through, to recover from experiences which may have been difficult or traumatic
  • develop their potential
  • live their lives in ways that are meaningful and deeply fulfilling
  • create resiliance and a sense  ease and contentment in their inner life and in their relationships

I am partcularly interested in working with people who have experienced  trauma as an adult or child and those who have long term anxiety and depression.

I am aware that people hold the long term effects of trauma as much in their bodies as in their minds. Feeling unsettled, stressed, unsure, struggling with completing things which are important to you, including unhelpful patterns of self care may indicate that there is value in therapy.

In addition, the effects of trauma which include anxiety and depression can be ‘life robbing”, have an effect on cognitive function, affect learning and impact on general day to day function and overall confidence. Coping with these symptoms can have an overall impact on being able to live life with a sense of ease.

I utilise a body / mind approach in my therapeutic work with clients including EMDR, mindful body awareness, relaxation, breath and movement techniques.

Therapy also offers clients the ability to understand their long patterns of behaviour, (in ones self, within the family system and even intergenerationally) how and why they are expressed and how this impacts on emotional and physical health.

Patterns of behaviour can, of course be be life enhancing but may also be limiting. They may affect mood, attitudes and relationships, impact on sense of self worth and on feeling successful in ones life. The therapeutic work may include looking at how our young life experience and / or attachment with caregivers affects patterns of relating and wellbeing in adult life.

With this awareness we are better placed to understand who we are, what we want and need and why we act in certain ways. This gives the ability to choose how we want to be in our lives and and in our relationships.

I work with women and men, with couples and with parents contemplating how to parent in difficult  circumstances.

Areas of skill and particular interest in my therapeutic approach

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Trauma – Sexual, Emotional and Physical
  • Trauma – Related to chronic childhood stress and hardship
  • Complex and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Emotional Dysregulation
  • Health Issues – Emotional and Physical (recovery from injury and illness including chronic fatigue/disease and multiple schlerosis )
  • Parenting and Family Issues
  • Pregnancy – stress and anxiety in pregnancy, preparing for birth and parenthood, post-ntal depression and anxiety

Locations – Auckland (West and Central) 


West and Central Auckland

Contact details

Jan Williams

Ph 09 416 0670

Mob 027 281 5606




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