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About Me

Meet Rachael

Rachael Diffey

Rachael draws strongly on the theory and techniques of Hakomi Psychotherapy and will enter the full training in 2021.  This model itself draws on Attachment Theory and uses mindful awareness of the self to identify and explore underlying beliefs and learned responses, and to nurture an increased sense of self-awareness, identity and empowerment.  She commonly uses general and family systems theories to acknowledge the reality that we grow and live within systems, and intersectional theory to acknowledge that peoples’ experiences within those systems differ depending on their identities and circumstances.  Motivational techniques are woven through her work to support peoples’ readiness to make the changes they want. 


Rachael completed her Counselling Degree at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Napier, and a Graduate Certificate of Health Sciences (Addictions) at Auckland University of Technology. Rachael initially worked in an NGO setting, offering individual counselling to a diverse population and group therapy for those affected by post-natal depression.  She then moved into the addiction sector, working firstly for a kaupapa Māori organisation and then the Addiction Team within the wider Mental Health Service of Hawke’s Bay DHB. 

Rachael works with adults; individuals, couples, and groups, and welcomes clients of diverse ethnicities and genders.  She believes that people have their own inherent wisdom and works in a highly collaborative way to centre the client’s needs.  She is skillful at creating and holding a safe space for clients to fully explore their experience and work towards resolving their challenges, whether it be through brief interventions or longer-term engagement.

Professional Qualifications
  • Graduate Certificate of Health Sciences (Addiction)

  • Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Counselling)

Membership to Professional Colleges/ Boards
  • Provisional Member registered with New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC)

  • Member of Drug & Alcohol Practitioners’ Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (DAPAANZ)

“A healer does not heal you.  A healer is someone who holds space for you while you awaken your inner healer, so that you may heal yourself.” 

Maryam Hasnaa

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