Welcome to Dawings!

My name is Carolina Gnad.

I have wide range of experience with a background in nursing and over 20 years working as a counsellor, supervisor, spiritual director and trainer. 

I use a holistic and integrative approach in my work with an eclectic mix of Person-Centred, Narrative, Psychotherapy, Gestalt, CBT, TA and other approaches. 

I work in private practice and under contract through Dawnings. 

- values each person and their journey of life as unique
- is compassionate, empathetic, respectful and non-judgemental
- works towards the growth and wellbeing of the whole person

Dawnings for counselling

Counselling - that sacred safe relationship where I can tell another human being what it is like to be me

Areas of interest include grief and trauma around death and dying, birth trauma, life events, relationship issues, depression and anxiety, assertiveness and conflict resolution.

I have specialised in pregnancy-baby loss including termination/abortion loss. I was founder and co-ordinator of P.A.T.H.S. (Post Abortion Trauma Healing Service) in NZ for around 20 years until I had to step out of roles of responsibility for personal reasons. In that time I gained knowledge and experience in the field, and alongside others working in the pregnancy, abortion and post abortion areas. Note: P.A.T.H.S. has since folded effective May 2021. 

Dawnings for supervision

Added vision around client work, reflective practice, ethical tensions and self in the helper or support role

I work with counsellors, counselling students, counsellors, pastors and chaplains, managers, individuals in helping caring roles....

Dawnings for training

Presentations, workshops, seminars available on a range of topics, face to face or via Zoom

See Talks and Training (page button in menu to the left) for more information around training offered.

In more recent years I have had the privilege of being involved in some tutor roles supporting counselling students in their learning and growth through process groups, triads, presentations and assessments.

Dawnings for spiritual direction

Companioning with your faith walk and spiritual journeying.

I enjoy spiritual direction and companioning, founded in Ignatian spirituality, exploring what gives life hope and meaning, and celebrating individual spirituality.

I respect and appreciate the diversity of religious beliefs and spiritual experiences, and welcome the sharing personal realities around spirituality.

Qualifications include

- Diploma in Nursing,

- Diploma in Counselling, 

- Certificate in Supervision

- Diploma in NFP Management

- Diploma in Religious Studies

- SEED spiritual director formation,.

I am a full member of the New Zealand Christian Counsellors Association. I have professional supervision and undertake ongoing professional development.

Other Information

Location: Hoon Hay Christchurch

Confidentiality is assured - except where there is serious risk of harm to self / others

Initial sessions enable us to see how working together might suit, look at presenting issues and needs, determine hopes and goals, and explore other options if helpful

Duration of sessions 50 minutes - times and frequency arranged as mutually agreed

Face-to-face or Zoom sessions available

Fees Counselling, Supervision, Spiritual Direction

Counselling $75NZ per session for individuals, $100 per couple

Supervision $100NZ per individual session, $150 per group session

Spiritual direction $60NZ per session

N.B. Please discuss fees if payment is an issue

24 hours notice of cancellation is required else a cancellation fee may apply.

Fees for Presentations, Workshops or Seminars

Presentations $120NZ per hour

Additional expenses will be charged for presentations, workshops or seminars e.g. flights, accommodation, photocopying