Stephanie Dowse

Present Position

Private practice

Professional Experience

A skilled and versatile counsellor and mediator, I have experience in areas as diverse as mental health, womens health, addictions, individual and couple counselling, family therapy, counselling in schools, and working with separating parents. Collectively, this adds up to nearly 20 years of clinical practice.

Ability to engage and inspire

One of my key traits is to be able to get on with people of all ages and walks of life. I find it unproductive to judge people and I am always able to find a strength or positive characteristic in anyone I have contact with or work with. This trait enables me to draw out the best in people, who in turn, start to see the best in themselves.


Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is a process that enables separated parents to resolve practical, emotional and financial difficulties relating to their children. My role as mediator is to provide a safe, confidential environment where parents can talk in a calm, respectful manner. The goal of mediation is to reach a parenting agreement that is well considered and in the best interests of the children.

Career Summary

Bachelor of Arts (Classics), Victoria University

Bachelor of Social Work, University of Western Australia

Graduate Diploma in Science (Psychology) , Victoria Univeristy

15 years contract counsellor,MInistry of Justice, New Zealand

15 Years Employee Assistance Programme counsellor, New Zealand


Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

After hours and Saturday mornings, by arrangement.

Premises:The Practice, Level 6, 85 The Terrace, Wellington,

The Penthouse Suite,Level 4, 21-23 Andrews Avenue, Lower Hutt.


Successful Separation: A guide for parents is a common sense approach to what to do and what to avoid during separation. Readers will find answers to the most common themes confronting parents in the midst of separation.These include practical matters, emotional difficulties and guardianship responsibilities. Separating personal animosities from parental responsibilities is a theme within all of these themes. Available as an eBook.