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Wendy Talbot

Academic Staff Member


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Waikato 2012
  • Masters in Counselling (First Class Hons), University of Waikato 2006
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision, University of Waikato 2003
  • Bachelor of Counselling, Wellington Institute of Technology 2001
  • Certificate in Community Skills, Unitec 1993

Areas of Expertise

  • Teaching: Postmodern approaches to counselling, including narrative therapy; relational counselling with couples, young people, families and groups; supervision practice and group work. 
  • Wendy enjoys all aspects of counsellor development and has a particular interest in how people (students and those who consult them in their work) develop reflective and reflexive practice.

Industry Experience, Affiliation and Achievements

  • Counselling, supervision and group facilitation in private practice, tertiary counselling services and community counselling agencies for more than 20 years.
  • Teaching in undergraduate and post-graduate counselling education programmes.
  • Membership of NZ Association of Counsellors since 1995; Treasurer and Branch Committee Member (NZAC) since 2007;  National
  • Ethics Committee Member and Regional Ethics Team member since 2011.

Research and Scholarly Activity

  • Graduated 2012, PhD. Doctoral research focus on reflexive audiencing practices, a process developed for couples to reflect on, evaluate, and enhance their couple relationships.
  • Presented regularly at national and international counselling and research conferences in New Zealand and Australia including CEAD (Contemporary Ethnography across the disciplines), NZ Association of Counsellors and Dulwich Centre International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conferences.
  • Research interests include reflexivity, collaborative supervision, relational humour and couple relationships.
  • 2004 co-research project and co-publication of article investigating counselling supervisor responsibility in Aotearoa New Zealand.