Meet Dr. Kristina Lainson

Dr Kristina Lainson, BSc (Hons), PGDip (Couns), MNTCW, MSW, PhD, MNZAC

Senior Counsellor & Narrative Therapist - Warkworth Clinic

Kristina is a warm, friendly and empathetic counsellor who enjoys working creatively with young people and families to find effective solutions for difficult problems, so they can live life as they prefer. Building on her background in primary school teaching, she has worked in a variety of counselling, mental health and family support settings in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia since 2011.

Committed to using collaborative, non-blaming, strengths-based approaches that enable change and create new possibilities, Kristina’s counselling style focusses on the young person’s own skills and abilities. She also recognises the important role and knowledge of parents, families and loved ones in supporting their young person overcome a problem. While her primary approach is narrative therapy, she is also experienced in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, person-centred approaches, solution-focussed and response-based therapies, and using focussed psychological strategies. Kristina has worked with people overcoming a wide range of problems including worries and anxiety, difficult emotions, disordered eating, grief, trauma, addictions and more.

Alongside her practice, Kristina teaches on the Master of Narrative Therapy & Community Work at Dulwich Centre / University of Melbourne.

Professional Qualifications
Kristina is a Full Member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) and her qualifications include:
- BSc(Hons) Psychology, University of Warwick, UK
- Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Massey University, Auckland
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, Unitec, Auckland
- Master of Narrative Therapy & Community Work, Dulwich Centre / University of Melbourne
- Master of Social Work (Qualifying), University of Melbourne
- PhD (Narrative Therapy, Eating Disorders), University of Melbourne

Memberships to Professional College/Boards & Credentials
Registered Counsellor (NZAC)