Richard Vernall

Richard has worked in vocational settings for two decades and he worked as a career consultant from 2001 – 2010 for Career Services rapuara. He established the first independent agency in NZ operating in a tertiary setting,  (Poly-Emp Employment Service  - MIT & UNITEC) for students with learning difficulties which he managed from 1993-1996. He has a Graduate Diploma in Career Development, Diploma Tchg (People with Disabilities) and a Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Education. Richard is professional member of CDANZ and has served on the Auckland Committee from 2006 -2012. Richard’s practice draws on principles and techniques from a number of career and counselling theories to acknowledge the uniqueness of each individual these include:

Social Learning Theory

A behavioural model of career assistance has been developed by John Krumbotlz and his associates. Social Learning Theory (1975) recognises the influence of others in shaping our responses to situations and the theory states that: -

  • Career decision making is a learned skill. People who have made career choices need help too as decisions may have been based on inaccurate or outdated sources
  • Success is measured by (people's) demonstrated skill in decision making.
  • Evaluations of decision making skills are required. People need not feel guilty if they are undecided about 'career'.

Social learning theory is based on teaching people new career decision making skills with the emphasis placed on the present and not the past. These skills are achieved through reinforcement, role modelling and simulation. 


Interactive Drawing Therapy

Interactive Drawing Therapy is a powerful, fast and innovative method of contacting structures and functions of the unconscious to facilitate disclosure, assessment, healing and transformation to help people identify where they are stuck and move forward. IDT is easy to learn, user friendly and can stand alone or be used in conjunction with other counselling techniques. Being referable, the recorded drawings and words sustain the momentum of change long after the session.

IDT requires no artistic talent or drawing ability; it does not involve making art objects and is quite different from conventional art therapy. IDT allows the words, images and feelings of the client to reveal where they are in the counselling process, the nature of underlying issues and how best to intervene. It is particularly useful with people who are not verbally fluent.



Brief Solution Therapy

Solution focused brief therapy (SFBT), focuses on what people want to achieve rather than on what made them seek help in the first place. The approach does not focus on the past, but instead, focuses on the present and future. In SFBT, respectful curiosity is used with people to envision their preferred future. To support this, questions are asked about the person’s story, that draw on their strengths and resources to bring about change.

Solution focused work can be seen as a way of working that focuses exclusively or predominantly on two issues.
  1. Supporting people to explore their preferred futures.
  2. Exploring when, where, with whom and how pieces of that preferred future are already happening.
The SFBT approach is practical and can be achieved with no specific theoretical framework beyond the intention to keep as close as possible to these two points.