Puawai Solo

Session Type

  • Face to face
  • Online


  • Monday to Friday


Puawai first began counselling in 1987 and has been in private practice since 1992.  Puawai works with both male and female clients from all ethnic groups ranging from adolescent age to adulthood.  

She also has extensive experience working with groups of families.   Puawai`s preferred methodology of working with clients is from a Tino Rangatiratanga (Self Determination) framework which acknowledges the clients as being the expert of their lives.   Therefore, all interventions used in counselling will be Mana Enhancing and Empowering with Ahurutanga (Safety) being the primary focus.  

In the past Puawai has been a member of advisory groups to ACC, Family Court and community groups.  Currently she provides supervision to many individuals from a variety of organisations and educational institutions.  She also provides contract counselling to Youth Justice North, Family Court, and ACC. 

Puawai is Ngati Awa and Te Arawa and her Hapu is Patuwai and Ngati Pikiao.

Areas of Expertise

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

Qualifications / Training

  • NZ Association of Counsellors

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