Ali Syme

Alison (Ali) Syme

284 Joyce Road
Ali Syme photo-527-582-441-174-680
Pyes Pa
Phone: (027) 543 4432 

  • Bachelor of counselling
  • Completed Advanced Certificate in Interactive Drawing Therapy (IDT)
  • Completed Advanced Certificate in Sand Tray Therapy
  • Approved District Health Board PHO Counsellor
  • Member of New Zealand Christian Counsellors Association
  • Member of Bay of the Plenty Therapy Foundation
Hi, my name is Alison (everyone calls me Ali) and I am an experienced counsellor specialising in working with children and families struggling with grief and loss. However, while children, families and grief and loss are my specialty, I work with all ages and a variety of issues including:
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationships and family struggles
  • Feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Anger and the regulating of emotions
  • Self-harm and suicidal thoughts or feelings
  • Physical, emotional and sexual abuse 
Prior to my counselling career I worked primarily with children as an early childhood teacher, a primary teacher’s assistant, and a ‘Barnardos’ Child Carer, all while being a mother of three young children. Since then my focus has grown more towards family health and wellness and helping individuals and families find more balance and wholeness in life.

I am married to David, we have been married for thirty two years. We now have three adult children who are all married and have four beautiful grandchildren that we love dearly. I grew up in a large family that went through separation, trauma and abuse. I can understand that family life is not always easy as I have experienced both healthy and unhealthy family relationships.

Through my own experiences and having helped many people explore their stories and make sense of the struggles in their lives, I have discovered skills and strategies that can enable people and families to move forward. Models of therapy I employ include; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Attachment Therapy and Play Therapy. My intuitive understanding of people’s needs and emotions allows me to work well in a caring and relaxed manner while maintaining a safe working environment.

My private practice is found just five minutes from Greerton in Pyes Pa and is in a lovely therapeutic country setting that enables opportunities for therapy outside of a closed-in room environment if desired. This can allow for creativity or just simply a garden seat to connect, reflect and process the struggles being experienced in life and family.

I look forward to hearing from you and supporting you along your journey.
Bay of Plenty Therapy Foundation

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