Talkin Headz Counselling

EMDR Trauma Counselling and Professional Supervision

Why Choose Talkin Headz Counselling

Irene is a highly skilled EMDR therapy Consultant in this country who offers intensive EMDR therapy treatments for clients who want to work on traumatic memories which affect their day to day lives, this service is available for private clients and small groups as and when required.
Irene is an experienced Supervisor Irene provides EMDR supervision, and also to NZAC Counsellors.

Trauma Therapy

Many people experienced either big "T" trauma or little "t" trauma's in their lives unfortunately some people find that for months and years to come they are haunted by memories of the trauma they experienced. This can have a disruptive effect on their lives. EMDR therapy is a highly effective therapy in dealing with traumatic memories, be that one off events, or a series of traumas over a persons life.

Professional Supervison

Irene is a an approved EMDR Instute Consultant/Facilitor/Supervisor available by zoom or phone and online zoom sessions for group supervision of EMDR Practitioners.

Irene can sign off the 10rs supervision required to complete EMDR Institute basic training.


Irene Begg

Irene has a long history in the Social Services field which began in the early 1990's in Victims Support, then in Womens Refuge as a Non Maori Co-Ordinator. She also spent 8 years as a Generic Social Worker, Supervisor, Care & Protection Co-Ordinator for Oranga Tamariki formerly Child Youth & Family. Irene was employed by Ngati Awa Social & Health Services as one of the Social Workers in Schools a new initiative by MSD from 2000-2005 in the Eastern Bay of Plenty working with predominantly Maori whanau in three Decile One to Three Primary Schools.

In 2007 to 2009 Irene was Practice Manager for Methodist Social Services in Palmerston North and then began counselling fulltime for Relationship Services Whakawhanaungatanga in Palmerston North & Whanganui providing relationship counselling to couples, Family Court Counselling and Domestic Violence Programmes for both male and female Respondents and Protected Persons.

In 2009 Talkin Headz Counselling practice was opened in Rotorua and Irene established her own therapy business there until Sept 2020 when she relocated her business to her home based clinic at Otakiri near Whakatane in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Irene offers zoom and phone sessions which meets the needs of many of her Supervision clients and private/ACC clients especially allowing flexibility of service delivery since the covid-19 pandemic.

Irene has a wealth of experience in EMDR trauma therapy, completing her basic training in 2010, and went on to complete many Master/Advanced EMDR & Dissociation trainings with EMDR Institute Programme Director and Trainer Roger Solomon, USA. Irene was a EMDR NZ Board Chairperson for several years and also EMDR Board member since its inception in 2014 and ongoing member of EMDR NZ Association.

Irene has a wealth of experience in trauma counselling, offering EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress, anxiety, panic attacks, depression and phobias. Irene also provides relationship and individual counselling, family violence, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, single parent families and blended family issues. Irene has experience in counselling disabled and deaf clients, gay and lesbian couples and clients whom are victims of discrimination in its various forms.

Irene has a National Diploma in Counselling and is a long term member of NZ Association of Counsellors and Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers. Irene has met EMDR Institute requirements to be an EMDR Consultant and has completed many advanced therapy trainings. Irene has had full membership of the NZ Association of Counsellors since 2004, and non practicing member of Aotearoa NZ Associating of Social Workers since 2000.

Our Services

Counselling, for couples and individuals, EMDR Therapy, EMDR Group Consultation and Individual Clinical Supervision, EAP Counselling Service I am a Contractor for Benestar, Vitae, EAP Services, EAP Works, Instep. Critical incident de-briefing, RTEP & GTEP EMDR group intervention for adverse/critical life events. ACC Sensitive Claims.
These services are undertaken by in person sessions, intensive emdr therapy sessions, zoom and phone sessions. Prices for therapy/supervision are available on request .

Australia service

In 2024 Irene Begg EMDR Facilitator/Consultant will be Facilitating at some of the EMDR Trainings, with EMDR Institute Trainer and Clinical Psychologist Dr. Gillian Maddock, NSW Australia.
More information can be found on EMDR Australia Training & Consultation website.

EMDR Trauma Therapy

Clients who have suffered for years from anxiety or distressing memories, nightmares, insomnia, abuse or other traumatic events can now gain relief from EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).
Research shows that EMDR is rapid, safe and effective. EMDR does not involve the use of drugs or hypnosis. It is a simple, non-invasive patient-therapist collaboration in which healing can happen effectively.

Many clients who have made slow progress in the past, or who have not benefited from more traditional therapies say that with EMDR they have finally found something that works for them!
EMDR is also effective on recent occurred trauma.

How does EMDR work:
Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) works on processing traumatic memories which have become stuck in the brain, and clients have often re-experienced the traumatic event like it was happening in the here and now. EMDR replicates what occurs during REM sleep where normal day to day activities are processed and stored in the adaptive part of the brain's memory system. However when traumatic events take place these can often not be processed as the brain at the time of the event is flooded with information, which is difficult for it to process and therefore becomes stuck. This is why people have flashbacks, panic and anxiety attacks, depression, social phobias, panic disorder instead of panic attack, attachment disorder, grief & mourning, generalised anxiety disorder, combat related PTSD, first responder vicarious traumatisation and other psychological and body sensations associated with trauma memories.

Professional Supervison

Are you or your staff getting adequate support in your / their role?

  • Are you in a role in a service provider e.g. education, health, social services?
  • Do you manage, employ or have oversight of staff?

Irene provides professional supervison to support staff in service providers. Experienced in management and with significant skills in supervision at post graduate level you or your staff member will be supported in their role and with managing your / their professional development.

  • Frequent high stress situations
  • High levels of conflict
  • Frequent 'judgement calls' or 'professional' decisions
  • Leadership or staff management
  • Working very independently or in isolation
  • High levels of contact with demanding clients

The primary role of professional supervision is to assist staff to reflect on their work. Creating a reflective approach encourages thoughtful and integrated work styles. It helps new staff grow into their roles, and more experienced staff to capitalise on their knowledge. Staff who keep learning from the work they do often feel more satisfied, more stimulated and more confident.
In some cases supervision has a component of coaching. Supervision can help to develop staff skills in areas such as dealing with conflict, giving useful feedback, and communicating clear expectations.
Supervision also provides an independent and confidential context for staff to debrief, to manage their own responses to work situations, and to let go of work stresses.
Supervision is a means of supporting staff that also supports the quality of work in an organisation.

We sought Irene for some family therapy counselling 10 months ago. Although it was a very stressful 10 months, there was most definately a rainbow at the end of our ordeal & Irene was most helpful in showing us the way. I cannot thank you enough Irene & wish you all the very best for your future.

I am currently a second year student studying counseling, and during my second year of study and placement work I have been seeing Irene for my supervision. During this time I have been encouraged and empowered to believe in myself more and more, to trust myself when working with clients. She has guided me to process my discerning s, and to come up with directions to apply in my work and I have gained self-confidence in my ability to carry this through with my clients, and to know that I am practicing safely and ethically in my developing role. I have valued my relationship with her she is like a row boat, the structure that has kept me afloat, and has helped guide my ability to use the oars confidently to direct how to get to where I would like to be.

Counselling Student

I began to see Irene at the beginning of April, a month after my long term boyfriend ended our 9 month relationship. I was finding things such as just getting up to go to school, sleeping and eating rather difficult than I usually would. It seems silly going to see a Councilor just because you have your heart broken people every day have their hearts broken and cope just fine. It wasn’t my idea at first to see Irene, my mother and grandmother had expressed their concerns for my health and me and went ahead and booked an appointment with her. I’m very glad and thankful that they saw what I was going through and thought that I needed someone outside of my friends and family to speak too. I was very skeptical about my first appointment with Irene, I mean I expected a councilor who just nodded their head and said ‘And how did that make you feel?’ the whole time, but Irene was nothing like this. As soon as I entered her office I felt safe and comfortable, it was almost too easy talking to her about my every day problems and some underlying ones I wouldn’t normally tell anyone. Irene slowly helped me out of the hole that I felt like was consuming me from the inside out, after having 3-4 appointments with her I was already felt more myself again. I was able to sleep through the nights, get up and go to school, talk more openly with friends and family about what was hurting me and affecting me. She had a way of relating what you were going through to every day things, and to things that had happened in her life as well. It made me feel like I wasn’t alone in the situation, that I wasn’t really as crazy as I thought. Irene used a special form of therapy for me to help me sleep called ‘ EMDR ‘ which is eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. With this she was able to distress my memories that where keeping me awake and giving me anxiety attacks by desensitizing them and bringing them from my frontal lope of my brain to the back of my brain. Making the memories less stressful, even to this day I am able to think of these memories without feeling sick, unable to breathe and exhausted. I am very thankful for Irene’s help and would recommend if anyone was feeling alone in their own dark hole to go and see someone, to talk to someone. It can really help.

Female student, age 16

I have had the privilege of doing two types of counselling with Irene Begg, one being Couples counselling and the other being Trauma therapy And EMDR. I was a very anxious person whos childhood had affected most of my adult life.
Going through couple counselling me and my partner both learnt to listen and communicate better with each other thanks to Irenes help. I then started seeing her for personal counselling where she has helped me tremendously overcome my anxiety and live life to the fullest. Her practice really does work for anyone that is unsure and she is an awesome person to talk to. I had doubts starting the EMDR therapy but am so glad i went ahead with it as my life has changed for the better and those memories that were once so alive within me are now distant memories that do not affect my future. I am currently still attending counselling however am having a little break at this point and would like to say that Irenes work is not a quick fix, it really does stay with you for life even after you stop seeing her and i cant wait to get back into work with her. Thank you very much Irene for everything you have done, i do believe that without you and your help i would not be the person i am today.

female, age 22

I was refered to Irene by my counselor in order to deal with on an going problem of being overwhelmed by reoccurring childhood memories. I could not talk about the memories without them having a physical effect on me. These memories were "processed" and now are just memories like any other - having no strong hold over me. I found Irene very easy to deal with and to talk to, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy) a very quick and successful type of therapy, and without the need for endless months of sessions.
Thank you Irene and best wishes for the future.

male, age 49

After being in a car accident which left me badly injured, It traumatised me physically and mentally. I sought counselling with Irene Begg. I underwent EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) trauma therapy with Irene, which has helped me significantly. I have regained my confidence and the treatment has been a key role in my long recovery. Thank you Irene

female, age 18

I began going to Irene several months ago for counselling due to post traumatic stress disorder.
I found that irene is very easy to talk to and her style of counselling has definitely helped me a great deal !

female, age 16

I referred a client to Irene several months ago for counselling. Irene engaged with this young person after a number of other agencies failed to do so. Irene has counselled, supported and appropriately challenged this person. As a result they have now made some significant positive changes and their self worth, esteem and confidence has increased immensely.
I would recommend Irene as a counsellor to anyone and would like to thank her for the amazing work she has done.

Belinda Te Kiri

I have been Irene's supervisee and have found her to be a very professional supervisor.
She would gently yet firmly guide me through any issues pertaining to my work practice and also guided me through any personal issues which impacted on my work practice.
One of the things I found helpful was that Irene kept excellent notes of our sessions. This helped me set goals if needed and we revisited the next session to see if I had attained those goals or taken steps to remedy a situation that I had discussed with her. Irene is not afraid to challenge when the situation called for it. Her supervision skills were extremely beneficial and were such that it created introspection, reflection and goal setting to increase my own practice.



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