Kia ora, I’m Viktoria Chamberman and I am a registered counsellor. I have a postgraduate qualification in counselling and am a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC) since 2008.
Wairarapa Wellness started in 2019 after pulling together 15+ years of human development expertise which also includes a number of years working in the field of international development, human rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
I have extensive experience counselling individual women and men, but also many years behind me as family therapist, school counsellor and parent educator.
Not surprising, I am a strong advocate for the use of counselling, be it for long term mental health struggles that have impacted on a person’s life for decades or for temporary issues where people benefit from bouncing ideas with someone from outside of their immediate circle.
Many of the people I see come with a mental health diagnosis, which is welcome in therapy. Please just note that we only operate during weekdays – if you require immediate or after hours support while in my care, I will work alongside you to find the right service for you.
I practice from a trauma-informed position with the knowledge that many people have experiences of trauma – direct and historical – with consequences that continue to impact their life today. This is something we can address in therapy.
Most of the people I meet struggle with their mental health and find that counselling help them to get back up on their feet again. While it often takes time for a person to make that first call, people are often more than ready for change when counselling begins.
Being there to support people back up on their feet again, back into the kind of life they want to lead, is increadibly rewarding and what motivates me to continue this work.
My preferred way of practicing is by using narrative therapy, however I am trained in a number of modalities including solution focused therapy, exposure therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and my work with you will of course be tailored to your needs.
I am committed to ongoing professional development and in 2022 I have completed a course on treating post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
New to 2022 is the offer of therapy sessions that are held outside in a safe natural environment such as in a reserve, by a river or in a park. There is an increasing body of evidence that show how beneficial spending time in nature is for us people and overseas medical practices already prescribe nature to their patients as part of their treatment. Meeting outside have often been described as freeing and soothing by clients and those who often benefit from this type of therapy include those who feel stressed, are affected by depression and anxiety, and for those who feel stuck or affected by rumination of thoughts. Your safety and privacy is paramount and this is factored into the decision of where to host these meetings. If you are curious about therapy in nature, please visit my Facebook Page for more information on wellbeing and nature or contact me directly.
I am Swedish by birth but have called Aotearoa New Zealand home since 2003. I moved over the hill from Wellington in 2017 and live in beautiful Gladstone together with my husband and two young children, a wild garden and an abundance of projects that keep us busy.