About Stress Solutions

Stress Solutions has been providing staff training for workplaces in New Zealand since 2003. We specialise in workplace stress, workplace bullying, wellness programmes, and managing challenging behaviour in the workplace.

Stress Solutions can arrange counselling, short seminars and workshops or long-term programmes for you.

Kirsty Connell

Experienced and qualified health professional
Kirsty Connell is the principal, and lead facilitator for Stress Solutions. She is a qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and experienced facilitator who has established a reputation for delivering quality training that is interesting, enjoyable, and ensures outcomes for employers. Client Testimonials

NZ and USA - Private and public sector experience
Since the late 1980's, Kirsty has worked in clinical and leadership roles in both New Zealand and USA, in the public and private sectors, so you know you're getting professional services, a sound knowledge base, and evidence-based strategies.

Kirsty ConnellOver the years she has facilitated training for employers in a range of industries, including the health and disability, education, manufacturing, building and construction, horticulture and technical industries, and enjoys ongoing relationships with a range of customers.

Health & Safety - People Skills
Health and safety, and people skills development are the main focus of the training options available, and are structured and presented in a way that makes a difference.

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  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Massey, Distinction)
  • Registered Occupational Therapist, OTBNZ
  • Advanced Certificate in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy
  • Completed Intensive Training Programme in Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Completed post graduate Clinical Neuropsychotherapy Practitioner training
  • Certificate in Adult Teaching (BOPPOLY)
  • Certificate in Stress Management
  • Accredited Clinical Supervisor (CIT)
  • Member of NZAOT, AnzaCBT, IACN and IAWBH.



Blueprint For Learning

Kirsty designs and delivers learning programmes of the highest standard. She is a professional, skilled and well planned facilitator. They are always stimulating, fun and dynamic. Kirsty uses visual material, examples and group interaction and reflection to maximise learning outcomes. Feedback from participants and contractors is always excellent.

"Very very interesting and fun thanks"

"Excellent, you rock Kirsty"

"I enjoyed the way the presenter delivered the work content. She was very knowledgeable, approachable and provided enough pause in speech for others to include their opinions or comments"

"Kirsty was logical, methodical and motivating"


Sally Pitts‐Brown
Chief Executive
Blueprint for Learning

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