Our Free Counselling Service

Getting a Counselling Appointment: Monday to Friday 9.15 am - 2.30pm
There is no criteria for accessing this service.  Contact us to let us know you want to start the counselling process. As this service is popular, we do have a waiting list. Your details will be added to this list, and we will contact you with further detailed information on how this service works. Once an appointment becomes available we will be in touch. If you accept the time, you will meet the same counsellor each week (same day and time) for up to ten sessions.

Our Counsellors

Bachelor of Counselling (Vision College), Provisional Member NZCCA
Toni is a Person-Centred therapist and has been counselling at the Women's Centre over the past 4 years.  She is passionate about journeying with women and she enjoys approaching client issues from a holistic mind-body-spirit perspective.   Toni also works in private practice and is a provisional member of the New Zealand Christian Counsellors Association.

BA Fine Arts (University of New England), MGestTherapy (Gestalt Therapy Brisbane), Member of GANZ
Michelle is interested in working with a range of people from diverse backgrounds. She believes that within every woman lies the essential wisdom for growth and change. As a Gestalt therapist she believes it is through shared experience and insight, and by deepening self awareness, that each of us can be who we truly are and live our lives more fully.

Diploma of Professional Counselling (NZIPC ), Provisional Member NZAC
Mata is enthusiastic about working alongside women of all cultures and diverse backgrounds. Her aim is to create a non-judgemental, warm and empathetic space where women can become more self-aware, be able to create changes and develop personal growth.

Diploma of Professional Counselling (NZIPC), Provisional Member NZAC
Liz has a particular interest in people being able to live well and to experience personal growth and health.  She works primarily from a Person Centred approach with the goal of working with women to achieve the goals that they strive for, relative to their own best interests and well-being. She is interested in creating a space for women to be listened to, to enable them to discover what works for them.

Diploma of Professional Counselling (NZIPC) 
Mandy's goal is to provide a safe, empathetic, inviting and non-judgemental environment to encourage personal growth. Mandy is passionate and honoured to be able to be a part of her clients’ journey, to see the growth and commitment, and to see them achieve the life they want and deserve.

Diploma of Counselling (NZIPC), Bachelor of Nursing, Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Massey University
Sue is passionate about being alongside women in an empathic and caring way to empower them to make the changes they want. She is particularly interested in cognitive behavioural therapy and the life-long skills it gives women to assist them in allowing them to understand themselves, cope with challenges and enrich their lives.

Masters of Art Therapy (Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Auckland)
Arts therapy engages with various forms of creative expression, such as storytelling, poetry, free writing, painting, visualisation, drawing, movement and dance. These are the channels through which the person addresses both conscious and subconscious aspects of self.  Each session is structured according to the client’s specific needs, interests and their sense of timing and being in the world. Arijana trusts that each person has their own voice and resources within to effect the change that they desire.

Masters of Guidance Counselling (Canterbury University), trained Specialist Teacher, MA (Hons), Level 2 TE Reo &Tikanga. Provisional Member NZAC
Kate finds it an honour to be alongside women for part of their journey, highlighting strengths, exploring what they really want from life and what holds them back. Trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative, Restorative Practices, and now learning Person Centred Therapy, Kate finds these useful tools to bring about more satisfying resolutions to problems and to help people develop fuller and more satisfying relationships with family and friends. Her years as a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour, and experience as a resource worker at Oranga Tamariki, and a detox worker at the City Mission, mean she brings a deep understanding of the difficulties life can bring.

Bachelor of Counselling (third year, Laidlaw College)
Jaz enjoys working with people from all walks of life and backgrounds. She aims to provide a therapeutic space that is client-focused, empathetic, and non-judgemental. Jaz has been trained in Person-Centred and Narrative Therapy. Her aim through counselling is to assist others to live life in a way that is aligned with their values and to achieve a sense of mental wellness and resilience.

Bachelor of Counselling (second year, Vision College)
Nardia is passionate about working with women from all walks of life. She is training in a Person Centred counselling approach, which supports in a compassionate and gentle way. Nardia is interested in learning new skills and journeying with clients on their pathway of life, working with women of all ages and backgrounds.

Bachelor of Counselling (third year, Laidlaw College)
Alice feels honoured to be able to share in the exploration and transformation of her clients journeys. She believes that growth and healing stem from an environment of compassion and care and aims to provide women with a space that feels safe and nurturing. Engaging with the wisdom that the body holds, and integrating one's emotions, mind and body is an important part of her approach. Alice is trained in Person-Centred and Narrative Therapies.