Wendy Talbot

Wendy Talbot

​Senior Academic Staff Member
Centre for Health and Social Practice


+64 7 834 8800 extension 3158



Physical Address:

D Block, Level 2, City Campus, Tristram St, Hamilton 3240


  • Certificate in Adult Tertiary Education, Wintec, 2015.
  • Certificate in Adult Teaching, Wintec, 2014.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling and Education, University of Waikato, 2012.
  • Master of Counselling (First Class Honours), University of Waikato, 2006.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision, University of Waikato, 2004.
  • Bachelor of Counselling, Wellington Institute of Technology, 2002.
  • Certificate in Community Skills, 1993.

Industry Experience, Affiliations and Achievements

  • 20+ years of experience in counselling, supervision and group facilitation in private practice, tertiary counselling services and community counselling agencies.
  • Member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).
  • Member of the NZAC National Ethics Committee and Waikato Regional Ethics Team.
  • Member and Treasurer of the NZAC Waikato Branch Committee, 2007-2013.

Areas of Expertise and Research

  • Postmodern and poststructural approaches to counselling, including narrative therapy.
  • Relational counselling with couples, young people, families and groups.
  • Supervision of professional practice group work in a tertiary teaching context.
  • Development of reflective and reflexive practice.

Research Activity

Bi-cultural teaching practice for a bi-cultural education programme, 2017-2018.

Hospice Evaluation Project, 2016-2017.

Developing critical reflexive practice with first year counselling students: A pilot study, 2016-2017.

‘An auto-ethnographical presentation on bi-cultural teaching practice’. Abstract submitted for presentation at Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines (CEAD) Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 2016.

‘Client’s retellings of witnessing conversations from counselling’. Presented at the NZAC National Conference, Napier, 2012, and the NZAC Waikato Branch Seminar Day, Hamilton, 2014.

‘Undergraduate students’ reflexions on critical reflexive practice journeys’. Presented at the NZAC National Research Conference, Hamilton, 2013.

‘Humor takes the stage: A performance of a couple’s humor’. Presented at the NZAC Research Conference, Napier, 2012.

Select Publications

Talbot, W. (2016). Humor takes the stage: A performance of couple’s humor. In E. Emerald, R. E. Rinehart & A. Garcia (Eds.), Global south ethnographies: Minding the senses (pp. 31-58). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Talbot, W. (2015). “It’s not till you actually see it you believe it”: How recordings can make a difference for clients. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 34(4), 13-28.

Talbot, W., & Suisted, J. (2015). Starfish Social Services Trust: Youth, parents/caregivers and stakeholders’ evaluation of issues and services report (Wintec Voucher Research Project, Hamilton, New Zealand).

Talbot, W. (2012). Reflexive audiencing practices for couple relationships-in-action (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10289/6100