Introducing Nigel Pizzini

Nigel Pizzini

Masters of Counselling (1st Class Honours),
P.G. Cert. Counselling Supervision, B. Ed., Dip Tchg.

Registered as a full member with NZAC of Counsellors (MNZAC)
ACC ISSC Registered Practitioner (Youthline)


Nigel’s Background

I was brought up in the Waikato, the youngest of three boys.  I’ve lived in Auckland since 2008, after years overseas and stints in small-town NZ.

I married my partner in 2003 and we are proud parents of a teenager.  I was the “stay-at-home” parent for his preschool years and enjoy a very close relationship with him.

Previously I was a school teacher then a youth worker. I started training in counselling in 1994, and have held many different counselling positions in NZ and overseas since then.

I currently hold a part-time lecturer position at Unitec (Social Practice programme) and work in my own counselling practise from a specialist consult room in my home (Mt. Albert) or via Zoom.

I look forward to being of service to you.

I believe it’s very important that there is a comfortable “fit” between you and the counsellor you go to. You are welcome to “check me out” – in fact, I often say to young people “give me a test and see if I’m worth talking to”.

You are invited to do the same.


Nigel’s training

My clinical practice features Narrative Therapy approaches and also draws upon CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Art Therapy, Psychodrama, Hakomi (mindfulness psychotherapy), Imago Couples process, and Compassionate Communication (NVC) among others, according to what helps you most.

My specialist counselling interests are young men and boys, masculinity, sexuality/gender identity, healing from sexual abuse, parenting, and using Narrative Therapy understandings to overcome problems and in supervision.

I have advanced training and experience from England, Australia and the USA, and have an ongoing commitment to my professional development.
I participate in several specialists or advanced training events annually and present at conferences or workshops.