Who We Are

Words Breathe was founded by Gabriel De Guzman. With his experience in working with individuals, young people, and families, he created Words Breathe to connect people with the possibilities within themselves and to opportunities that nurture positive well being in their lives.

This is achieved through counselling services and well being workshops.

The vision for the future is to activate initiatives that channel our resources towards creating a positive impact on the mental well being of our wider New Zealand communities.

Like yours, our story is still being written. We are excited for what the future holds and are looking forward to working with you. Together we can make a positive and lasting impact in our own lives as well as in the lives of those around us.

Watch this space and subscribe for updates on how we’re progressing with our journey.

Our Mission

The mission of Words Breathe is to connect people with their ability to author new meaning and well being in their lives.

A Letter to You

Dear Reader,

Thank you for taking the time to visit us and I hope you come away with something useful to you, or have taken the first steps in engaging and connecting with the support you’re looking for.

I know it takes vulnerability (and with that, courage) to connect and share a little bit about you with us, so I wanted to take inspiration from you and wanted to share a little bit about who I am and my journey.

I was born in the Philippines, and moved to New Zealand with my family when I was 8 years old. I grew up in Palmerston North before moving to Auckland for my studies and eventually for work. I am currently living in Auckland with my beautiful wife, working in Youth Development as a counsellor and facilitator.

Most would have said that my high school and university days went without any bumps: I got good enough grades and ticked the right boxes. But few have known about how my parents’ divorce in my teenage years had impacted on my relationships with family and friends, as well as affecting my own self-esteem. From that time until now, I am thankful for the connection I experienced with key people in my life. It was what helped me build the strength to move forward and seek the support I needed to experience more fulfillment in my life.

So, after studying Biomedical Science specialising in the field of Neuroscience, I pursued study and a career in Counselling. Since then I’ve had the privilege and joy to walk with people in their own journeys. As we worked together, many things started to unfold: people found more clarity in figuring out what they needed; people discovered more about what they are capable of; and people began creating new ways that work for their own unique paths towards the life they want to live.

I’m grateful for the people in my life who had given and continue to give support and guidance. I have also gained strength from the people I work with. I continue to learn and be inspired by the people I encounter in their journeys of struggle, understanding, empowerment and growth.

Whatever chapter you may be in life, I want to offer my expertise and experiences through Words Breathe. Thank you again for taking the time to visit. Whenever you’re ready to connect with me, I’ll be here ready to work with you.

I look forward to hearing from you soon,

Warm regards,

Gabriel De Guzman
Founder, Words Breathe

Gabriel De Guzman