"Thank you for all of your support when I returned back to New Zealand after traveling for two years. I have a feeling I will be speaking to you again very soon...Nepal's been a bit of a headache. I'll make sure to share this with my friends, I know a lot of people in Christchurch and abroad that would flourish with your guidance. Thanks again."

-Ruth Gregoriadis (19 May 2014)


My name is Carol Woolf, born in Christchurch, New Zealand. I was fortunate to have a good foundation and home life in my earlier years, growing up to be a curious and respectful human being. I have travelled the world learning about myself, other cultures and ways of life along my journey. Based in Sydney and London, I also backpacked various regions of the world, including India, Central America, Europe and other places of interest. Along the way I worked in a variety of industries; customs agencies, freight forwarding industry, transport industry, manufacturing and telecommunications. I have operated two of my own businesses, a local furniture removal company in 1990’s, and as an importer and distributor of boutique merchandise into New Zealand.

My travels and insights into life, especially regarding the ‘trials and tribulations’ common to all human beings in the process of living, inspired me to want to learn more. I decided upon training in social work. 

I completed my Social Work Training in 2005 and immediately began my social work career at Christchurch Hospital. I worked in a variety of acute settings with focus on brief assessments, emergency trauma work, and discharge planning. I truly found my passion, however, in working with people living with chronic illness and was the social worker for dialysis patients and those having kidney transplants. Over 17 years of working with complex and challenging individual, and family work, has assisted me in developing a wide range of skills and knowledge. The health environment has also presented me the opportunity to work with people from all backgrounds and cross sections of our society, from young through to the aged and at end of life; and everything in between!

I continued my thirst for learning and completed a Diploma in Holistic Life Coaching (Life Coach Associates). This was a comprehensive and intensive journey into oneself, in the process of learning to apply the skills and knowledge in working with others.

In 2010-2011, and through Christchurch’s earthquakes, I embarked on the Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy with the New Zealand School of Professional Hypnotherapy (in association with the UK Academy of Therapeutic Arts and Sciences). I completed all my studies and now incorporate aspects of this into my private therapy work through progressive body relaxation and positive visualisation techniques to support therapy work. 

I have undertaken three and half years in T.A (Transactional Analysis) psychotherapy training here in Christchurch; T.A is a very broad and in-depth model of understanding human behaviour. T.A is a practical tool for clients wishing to have a comprehensive framework for understanding their own relationships, actions, internal thought processes and emotions.

I became full time in my private practice as a counsellor/life coach early 2022, continuing my contract as a provider of ACC Sensitive Claim counselling.  As such, I left my career of 17 years as a social worker in health. In that 17 years, mostly with the CDHB, I dealt with complex case management of people over 65 in the community for the last six years. Prior to this I was working in other specialised health areas of  Christchurch Hospital Services which included: diabetes, nephrology, stroke, Emergency Department and ICU on-call (Trauma work), Orthopaedics and Surgical, General Medicine, and had a dedicated role working with adolescence with Type 1 Diabetes.

I am passionate about my own life; my dogs, sports, arts, music friends, family, travelling and generally having the best possible life to enjoy to the utmost.

My objective in working with people is to walk alongside them; facilitating opportunities for self-knowledge and growth throughout their journey; supporting, challenging, and assisting each person towards achieving agreed goals and outcomes, and therefore a better quality of life.

  • Nick Cross, Nephrologist, Canterbury District Health Board.
    Carol is a tremendous social worker, although that term really doesn't do justice to the role she had within our department. She has a rare combination of skills. She is a dedicated and caring health care professional with a genuine ability to relate to people from all walks of life. She is able to really understand how complex and life changing health and personal challenges affect people within their life context.More than this, she's really able to help people overcome these challenges, using a combination of motivational and counselling techniques, as well as a range of practical support. She's just one of those really special people you sometimes come across when working in health who is fantastic at what she does, but also really personable and a pleasure to be around. I wish she'd come back and work with us again!
    Nick Cross, Nephrologist, Canterbury District Health Board.
  • Asha, Christchurch
    I recommend giving it a go. I have learnt so much within each of the sessions with Carol. I find that my confidence has improved so much! Being able to sit down and have a one on one has been a really positive experience. I feel more relaxed and happy within my own skin since doing this work with Carol. Knowing I can fit in well in social environments is so empowering and my new confidence has greatly helped me at work as well.
    Asha, Christchurch
  • Steve 
    Hi Carol I would just like to say a huge thank you for the great insights I received during my therapy sessions with you over the past months. I still have the emotions arise from time to time but you have enabled me to the point where I can effectively deal with them when they arise and be able to stand in my truth and embrace them for what they truly represent. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to any person in need of the services which you provide.