Counselling Gisborne

Counselling Gisborne - Counsellor Margaret

Facing change, challenge or crisis?

My name is Margaret Rishworth. My practice Counselling Gisborne brings expertise, warmth and experienced counselling for adults and adolescents in the Gisborne region.

I have been counselling for many years and I have the knowledge and experience of working in mental health – particularly specialising in the areas of depression and anxiety, trauma and abuse – as well as grief and loss, stress and self confidence. I have a lot of experience working with an extensive array of client issues.

I am a full member of The New Zealand Association of Counsellors which ensures that I practice in accordance to a strict code of ethics. Competency is ensured through continued and regular Professional Development.

I’m also an approved counsellor for ACC sensitive claims (trauma).

You can expect me to provide you with a professional, confidential and compassionate counselling service.

Margaret Rishworth
Registered with NZAC

Types of issues

I consider the main focus of my work is to help people reach their potential wherever they are in life, whether struggling through tough times or simply looking for direction.

I provide a safe space for people to share their concerns and challenges that life has thrown them, and find new ways of moving forward.

I am experienced in working with clients on a wide range of issues, including:

anxiety counselling

Anxiety and fears

Experiencing anxiety can be very frightening and we can get into a situation where the fear of having an anxiety attack can actually bring on the anxiety.

Anxiety and fears >>



Are you feeling lifeless, empty and unmotivated? Are you having trouble focusing?

Depression >>


Trauma and abuse

My focus in recent years has been on extending my knowledge of how to deal with trauma, particularly that which is caused by abuse, such as:

✓ Domestic violance
✓ Sexual abuse
✓ Emotional and/or psychological abuse.
✓ Physical abuse.

I work with ACC sensitive claims.


Other problems and issues

I am experienced in working with clients on a wide range of issues, including:

✓ Anger management
✓ Assertiveness
✓ Bereavement, grief, loss
✓ Burnout
✓ Communication skills

✓ Dealing with illness
✓ Feeling lonely
✓ Parenting concerns
✓ Post-traumatic stress disorder
✓ Relationship issues

✓ Self confidence
✓ Stress
✓ Trauma
✓ Worrying too much

Counselling can help you

Sometimes our thoughts and feelings can overwhelm and trap us to the point where it becomes difficult to cope with everyday life.

Counselling can help you to cope better and begin to overcome difficulties – in a safe supportive space. In my daily counselling work I support you to govern your own life. I am used to working with a wide range of cultures and worldviews, which is an aspect of my work that I particularly enjoy.

Counselling approaches

I value each person’s uniqueness, and use a variety of counselling approaches tailored for your specific needs, such as:

counselling and therapy

Counselling & therapy

✓ Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
✓ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
✓ Narrative Therapy
✓ Transactional Analysis



I have trained in Mindfulness, a valuable tool which helps people gain some control over thoughts and feelings, rather than being controlled by them.

interactive drawing therapy

Interactive Drawing Therapy

I find Interactive Drawing Therapy particularly useful for some people as it allows one to access their internal world quickly and safely.


Would you like some support and/or change in your life?

Feel free to send me a message. You can raise any questions you have, and tell me a little about your situation.

Margaret Rishworth
Registered with NZAC