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Our Free Counselling Service

Getting a Counselling Appointment: Monday to Friday 9.15 am - 2.30pm
There are no criteria for accessing our counselling service.  All you need to do is come in or ring us to let us know you want to start the counselling process. As this service is so popular we, unfortunately, have a waiting list. Your details will be added to the waiting list, and we will give or send you a letter with further detailed information on how this service works. Once an appropriate appointment time becomes available we will contact you. If you accept the appointment time, you will meet with the same counsellor every week at the same day and time. 

Our Counsellors

Rebecca
Qualified Gestalt Counsellor with a background in Natural Health
Rebecca has a real passion for working with people from all walks of life.  She feels excited and privileged to be a part of someone else's journey of increasing self-discovery and awareness, and believes it is through awareness that change happens. Rebecca has been counselling at the Women's Centre for 4 years.

Caroline
Student, Bachelor of Counselling (Laidlaw College), Bachelor of Social Work
Caroline has a range of experience working with people from different cultures and backgrounds. She believes all women have innate strengths and capabilities which can help bring about positive change. Trained in Person Centred and Narrative counselling, she works holistically with a particular interest in health issues & family relationships. This is the third year that Caroline has been counselling at the Women's Centre and she will complete for Bachelor of Counselling in June 

Dawn
3rd year student. Master of Counselling (University of Canterbury), Dip Early Childhood Education and Care (Rangi Ruru Nanny School), Bachelor of Health Science - Midwifery (Auckland University), BA - Major in Gender Studies (University of Canterbury)
Dawn has walked alongside women and their families all her working life, first as a
nanny then as a midwife. She practices from a solution focused model. This therapy seeks to help people find solutions to life's challenges. Solution-focused therapy focuses on people's
strengths, looks towards a positive future and shifts the focus from problem talk to
looking at solutions and goals. This approach assists people with personal and
emotional challenges by focusing on future hopes and what they want to be different,
as well as what is already going well.

Agnes
Pg. Dip. Counselling (University of Auckland) Provisional Membership of the NZ Association of Counsellors
Agnes is trained in Integrative Counselling with a strong Person Centred stance and is especially interested in working with members of marginalised communities. She is passionate about facilitating
clients to create a full, value driven and meaningful life. 

Fiona
Bachelor of Counselling (Laidlaw College), Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Psychology
 With a basis in Person Centred and Narrative Therapies, Fiona strives to ensure woman are truly heard. Fiona believes we all have inherent skills and abilities to make change.  Being truly heard allows someone to hear themselves, emphasise their inherent abilities and explore what change can look like. 

Bernadine
3rd year student, Bachelor of Counselling (Vision College). Reiki Practitioner, Health & Wellness Coach
Bernadine is a student training in Person Centred Therapy with a particular interest in helping victims of abuse.  She is a qualified Rieki Practitioner and believes in holistic approaches when it comes to healing. Her passion lies in helping women enrich their lives through growing their own self-awareness.

Anna
Pg. Dip Counselling/Narrative Therapy (UNITEC, Auckland). MA Social Practice (UNITEC), Hypnobirthing Practitioner. Currently working towards full membership of the NZ Association of Counsellors
Anna works within a narrative framework but has an eclectic and holistic approach to therapy. She is passionate about working with women assisting them on their journey of self-empowerment and fulfilment. 

Bronwyn
2nd year student Bachelor of Counselling (Vision College).
Bronwyn is training in Person Centred Therapy, she has a strong interest in facilitating a safe space for learning about self. She is passionate about meditation as well as art, and is enthused about standing alongside women as they journey forward. 

Gabrielle
Student, Diploma of Counselling (Quantum Education). Bachelor of Social Work, University of Canterbury
Gabrielle has a passion for working alongside women as they engage in the process of change. Coming from a Person Centred approach, her aim is to provide a space where women can be and feel heard, develop a greater sense of self awareness and explore meaningful and positive changes in response to life's challenges.

Toni
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.

Lynne
3rd year Student, Bachelor of Counselling (Laidlaw College), training in Person Centred and Narrative Therapy.
Lynne is passionate about learning how to strip off the painful, entangling burdens of life and exchange them for freedom and joy. Many things (e.g. relationships, life circumstances and false understandings) can trigger them, limiting change and hope. Lynne's passion inspires her to walk compassionately with others as they navigate their journey to freedom and joy.