Karen Shepherd

Session Type

  • Face to face
  • Online
  • Phone



I have over 25 years’ experience as a social worker and supervisor and over 8 years working as an EAP clinician. This experience has assisted me to have skills in communication and supporting people to find solutions to challenges they face. I work from a strength-based approach utilizing reflective practice, and always seeing a person in the context of their situation. I believe that each person I work with holds resources, skills and capabilities and my role is to ask the helpful questions and skills to unlock their ability to find their way forward and answers to their situations.

This at times may include me providing them with information or validation and resources to further enhance what they already know. I work in a collaborative way alongside people and will incorporate tools and methods that assist with working alongside and finding solutions together.
If you work with me I promise to be honest and to work in a mana-enhancing way to assist in finding solutions.

Professional Membership

  • Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (MANZASW)

Areas of Expertise

  • Anger or violence issues
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Career Guidance / Development
  • Couples therapy
  • Family issues
  • Grief & Loss
  • Stress
  • Workplace performance and relationships

Qualifications / Training

  • PGDip Social Service Supervision
  • Bachelor of Social Work

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