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Avril Spain - Wanganui

Counsellor

Memberships : MNZAC
Qualifications : DipCouns

Avril Spain - Wanganui

Areas of specialty

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Life transition
  • Relationship issues (not couples counselling)
  • Stress management

Avril has an approach that is gentle and non-judgemental. She works intuitively with you, responding moment by moment to issues that arise. Avril is inherently person-centred, and will treat you with unconditional positive regard and empathy. Avril is respectful of responding to each person individually, and will tailor her approach to work collaboratively to build rapport and a safe therapeutic relationship. Avril is trained in cognitive behavioural therapy, interactive drawing therapy, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy.   

She currently offers both in-person and online sessions.


Chris Masters - Palmerston North

Counsellor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : DipCouns

Chris Masters - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty

  • Addictions
  • Relationships
  • Sexuality and sexual identity

Chris's own life experiences have enabled him to have a deep care for people. An excellent listener, he is comfortable engaging with people from all walks of life and encouraging and supporting their initiatives for positive change.

In his downtime, Chris enjoys walking, reading, gardening and undertaking DIY projects. Exploring the country in their caravan is also a favourite pastime for him and his wife.

His work experience as a counsellor include 4 years with MASH trust mental health and addiction service. Previously he worked as a fitter and turner, with heavy machinery and structural engineering.


Debbie Biggar - Whanganui

Counsellor, supervisor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : Dip Applied Counselling, PGCert in the Arts, Certificates in: Practical Business, Clinical Supervision, Business Management, Adult Teaching, Child Protection Studies, Social Services

Debbie Biggar - Whanganui

Areas of specialty

  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Relationships
  • Sexual abuse
  • Supervisor
  • Trauma

Debbie is an experienced counsellor, facilitator and supervisor with 20 years' experience


Diane Clayton - Dannevirke

Counsellor, supervisor

Memberships : NZCCA
Qualifications : DipCouns, Living Wisdom Levels 1 & 2

Diane Clayton - Dannevirke

Areas of specialty

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy 
  • Conflict resolution
  • Gender identity
  • Grief
  • Intimacy issues
  • Relationships
  • Supervision
  • Victim support and abuse counselling

Diane is particularly experienced in issues relating to family violence, working closely with social service, police and other community agencies.


Gill Stacey - Palmerston North

Counsellor

Memberships : SWRB, AASW
Qualifications : PG DipCouns, Bach SW Psychiatric Nurse (UK), Health Improvement Practitioner (adv.), Sex Therapy, NZ ACT Therapy

Gill Stacey - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty

  • Addictions 
  • Chronic pain
  • Family harm
  • Health and disability
  • Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Sexuality
  • Sleep management
  • Trauma and grief
  • Workplace stress
  • Registered ACC counsellor

Gill has 30+ years of extensive experience and training in a variety of health, mental health, education and not-for-profit organisations. She has worked as an ACC counsellor and for the Family Court, and now works with adults on any issue affecting their health and wellbeing.

Gill is committed to promoting kindness, empowerment, equity, change and diversity. She works with anyone with an issue affecting their wellbeing, and has a wealth of personal and professional experiences and training to draw from. Gill uses an integrated approach including a wide range of therapeutic and counselling methods to suit the person she is seeing, within a brief intervention structure. Gill knows that we are all in this life together and we all have times of peace and times of challenges. It is very normal to get caught in unhelpful patterns of behaviour, to feel overwhelmed by emotions or thoughts, and to feel stuck.


Heather Rodgers - Palmerston North

Counsellor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : DipCouns, CertCouns

Heather Rodgers - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty

  • Anger management
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Couples counselling
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Self-esteem

An experienced counsellor, Heather understands the demands and challenges of workplace life, having spent over 15 years working with individuals, couples and families on personal and workplace issues and uses a client-centred approach.


Joanne Te Paiho - Palmerston North, Horowhenua

Counsellor, supervisor

Memberships : MNZAC
Qualifications : CertCouns, DipCouns, PGDipCulturalSuperv, Dip Te Reo Māori

Joanne Te Paiho - Palmerston North, Horowhenua

Areas of specialty

  • Bicultural supervision
  • Couples counselling
  • Cultural issues / cultural intervention
  • Māori ways of working using mirimiri and whitiwhiti kōrero
  • Māori whānau
  • Working alongside parents

Joanne is a counsellor, therapist, healer and group facilitator with 17 years' experience within her local community in various social services and education facilities. Joanne has an extensive background in working alongside whānau/family and their young people. Much of her past work has been in supporting individuals in their parenting roles, working alongside the intricate relationships which exist inside the whānau/family unit.

Joanne is experienced in working alongside couples. A new and expanding strand to Joanne's work is that she is able to offer spiritual intervention by way of intuitive healing. Joanne believes in working from a gentle and wise place, with safety, support and integrity being of utmost importance.


Judith Anne Ellis - Levin

Counsellor

Memberships : NZAC, NZCCA
Qualifications : Dip Couns

Judith Anne Ellis - Levin

Areas of specialty

  • Anxiety
  • Conflict resolution
  • Diminishing passive/aggressive behaviours
  • Exploring depression
  • Harnessing anger
  • Relationship and transitional issues
  • Restoring low self-esteem
  • Somatic regulation
  • Trauma work

Judith has experienced her own journey of healing through therapy and support, and now sees 'problems' as challenges that can bring positive growth with fresh understanding. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who embraces life, and loves journeying with clients to discover more of their own untapped potential to overcome.


Karen Shepherd - Palmerston North

Counsellor, supervisor

Memberships : MANZASW, RSW
Qualifications : BSW, PGDipSocServSupv (distinction)

Karen Shepherd - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty

  • Home and family relationship issues
  • Self-care and lifestyle balance challenges
  • Stress, anxiety and low mood challenges
  • Supervision
  • Work relationship issues

With over 25 years' experience as a social worker and supervisor and over 8 years working as an EAP clinician, Karen has skills in communication and supporting people to find solutions to challenges. She works from a strengths-based approach, using reflective practice and always seeing a person in the context of their situation. Karen holds the belief that each person she works with has resources, skills and capabilities and that it is her role is to ask the helpful questions and unlock their ability to find their way forward. This at times may include providing them with information or validation and resources to further enhance what they already know. Karen works in a collaborative way alongside people and will incorporate tools and methods that assist with finding solutions together.

If you work with her, Karen promises to be honest and to work in a mana-enhancing way to assist in finding solutions.



Lea Orpana - Palmerston North, Takaro

Counsellor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : DipCouns

Lea Orpana - Palmerston North, Takaro

Areas of specialty

  • Anxiety & depression
  • Loss and grief
  • Relationship-related issues
  • Stress

Lea is a person-centred and experienced counsellor who has worked in variety of settings with people with a range of issues and cultures.

Lea’s significant losses in life have given her the first-hand experience on grief journey.  She has a passion to walk alongside of person experiencing loss and to help to find healing and adjust to new life.

Lea uses CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), interactive drawing therapy, mindfulness, and solution-focused models in counselling. 


Lynley Le Pine - Palmerston North

Counsellor

Memberships : MNZAC
Qualifications : DipCouns, Cert Couns, Cert REBT, MBWRT

Lynley Le Pine - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Emotional and general issues
  • Loss and grief
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma
  • Registered ACC counsellor

Lynley is a senior counsellor who is warm and compassionate in providing a safe environment and caring space for clients.

Lynley has extensive experience in working with all issues with a particular interest in trauma and grief. She works eclectically drawing on a number of modalities to inform her practice – including ACT, CBT and narrative therapy amongst others. She has most recently trained in a dynamic and effective psychological intervention which can very quickly reduce anxiety associated with specific trauma memories. Lynley is continuously training and upskilling, works in private practice and also for an NGO.


Lynley Wilton - Palmerston North

Counsellor

Memberships : ANZASW, SWRB
Qualifications : DipSoc and CommWork, Neuropsychotherapy Cert, Mediros Institute

Lynley Wilton - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Couples counselling
  • Grief and loss
  • LGBTQI
  • Mental health issues
  • Parenting education
  • Supervision
  • Trauma therapy
  • Work and personal relationships

Lynley has over 20 years' experience in providing counselling support to individuals, couples, and families. Lynley has a long held passion for couples and family therapy work. This extends to working with individuals and families of our first response services, including health, fire and emergency, and St Johns. Lynley works together with those seeking counselling to find the therapeutic approach that best fits them, rather than a one size fits all approach.


Lynne Sorensen - Palmerston North

Counsellor, supervisor

Memberships : NZCCA
Qualifications : Dip Counselling

Lynne Sorensen - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty

  • Anger management
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Supervision
  • Trauma
  • Workplace issues

Lynn has many years' experience working with individuals and families experiencing mental health conditions, including the spectrum of personality disorders.  She also supports families affected by addiction and previously facilitated generalist counselling at DOVE Hawkes Bay.

Lynne uses various modalities dependent on the client and specialises in rational emotive behaviour therapy and motivational interviewing. She also has experience working with NZ Deaf community.


Marcia Amadio - Wanganui

Counsellor, supervisor

Memberships : MNZAC, ANZPA
Qualifications : BEd, TCC

Marcia Amadio - Wanganui

Areas of specialty

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationships - family, workplace 
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress
  • Supervision

Marcia has been counselling for over 20 years and has an eclectic approach to counselling. She regularly updates her practice with ongoing training and learning. Marcia has training in sex therapy and experience working with issues of gender and sexual identification. Social justice and recognising interrelatedness of life underpin Marcia's approach to her work and life.


Mary Procter - Palmerston North

Counsellor, supervisor

Memberships : MNZAC
Qualifications : MCouns, BEd

Mary Procter - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexual abuse
  • Supervision
  • Trauma

Mary is an eclectic counsellor who uses many strategies that she tailors to the issues brought to the counselling room. Mary believes that every person is the expert in their own lives and has huge resources that they often just need help in accessing.


Nici Scott-Savage - Palmerston North

Counsellor, supervisor

Memberships : NZAC, CHEK institute
Qualifications : BBS (Mngt Acctng), DipCouns, PGDipEd, PGDipSocServ

Nici Scott-Savage - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty

  • Anxiety and depression
  • EMDR
  • Executive coaching
  • Lifestyle change/managing change
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Relationships
  • Stress management
  • Supervisor
  • Trauma management

Nici has worked in social service agency settings as a counsellor, clinical supervisor and manager for over 9 years, and now also in private practice. She has supervised counsellors, psychologists, social workers and other caring professionals for the last 6 years.

Nici has a focus on wellness models in her supervision. A holistic and wellness approach to supervision sees people as intrinsically relational beings of mind, body and soul. She is supportive with a strengths-based view.

 


Ratna Dyer - Whanganui

Counsellor

Memberships : MNZAC
Qualifications : Dip Psychosynthesis Couns (level 7)

Ratna Dyer - Whanganui

Areas of specialty 

  • Anxiety and stress management
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-confidence and authenticity
  • Spiritual awakening
  • Trauma healing

Ratna is trained in psychosynthesis, a form of psycho-spiritual psychology. She can help you to know yourself better; to differentiate and understand what is going on for you on all levels: body, feelings and mind. She guides you to establish an embodied, grounded, effective way of being practical everyday life. The process also supports you to grow spiritually, whatever that means for you.

In confidential, caring and relational ways, Ratna works within a holistic framework; understanding that we all have our own answers within. You will be given space, encouragement and guidance to explore and discover your own solutions.

Ratna has been working as a counsellor since 2010 and is a firm believer in walking your talk - and that to be a good counsellor, one needs to look deeply at themselves in an ongoing way. She has undertaken extensive work in spiritual practice and personal therapy, and has experience being in the clients' seat. She can confidently guide and be alongside anyone walking their own healing path.


Rob Deerheart - Palmerston North

Counsellor

Memberships : MNZAC
Qualifications : BCouns, BPhysics, PG CBT

Rob Deerheart - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Bullying
  • Career direction
  • Conflict resolution
  • Identity
  • Life changes
  • Obsessive behaviours
  • Phobias
  • Problem solving
  • Relationship and family issues
  • Stress management
  • Trauma

Sometimes the outside can get too much and is hard to navigate. Sometimes the inside gets really overwhelming and it becomes hard to operate. Rob is passionate about supporting people to find their way through these times, he will help you understand where you are, see different perspectives, and find practical solutions that will initially help cope and then begin to move forward again.


Rose Allan - Palmerston North

Counsellor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : MCouns (Hons)

Rose Allan - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Family separation
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Suicide

Counselling in Manawatu for over 20 years, Rose has worked with a wide range of age groups and people from diverse backgrounds. She seeks to share knowledge and explore ideas that construct different ways of living and being in relationship with people, pain and problems - helping people to work for positive change in their lives.

Rose's practice is informed by narrative therapy, an approach that is vitally interested in the unique skills and knowledge that each person develops in the course of their lives.


Sherina Nicol - Palmerston North

Counsellor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : DipCouns, Cert REBT

Sherina Nicol - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family harm
  • Grief and loss
  • Life changes
  • Parenting
  • Personal wellbeing
  • Stress management
  • Work and personal relationships

Sherina has been working as a counsellor for 18 years, and has a wide range of personal and professional experience. She has worked at several social service agencies, as well as having her own practice.

Sherina has an eclectic approach to her work, integrating various modalities of counselling with practical tools and strategies for clients. This includes always working to promote empowerment, equity, safety, support and integrity.


Trish Nicholl - Palmerston North

Counsellor

Memberships : DAPPANZ, MANZASW
Qualifications : DipCouns, PG AOD Rehab, Couples and family counselling

Trish Nicholl - Palmerston North

Areas of specialty

  • Abuse
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Relationships and parenting
  • Stress management

Trish is respectful, compassionate, and client-centred. She works with clients in identifying goals, exploring issues and building on skills and strategies for change. She uses strengths-based approaches and is also experienced in interactive drawing therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and in teaching a range of stress management and relaxation techniques. She is experienced in working with clients of all ages, including teenagers and younger adults.