Counsellors in Southland

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Bill Rout - Balclutha

Counsellor, Supervisor

Memberships : NZAC, DAPAANZ, PANZA
Qualifications : DipPsychosynthesis Cnslng; GradDip Addiction Studies; Cert Supervision; Mast.Education; Dip Teaching

Bill Rout - Balclutha

Areas of Specialty:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationships
  • Alcohol and Other drugs
  • Tikanga Maori

Bill's approach to counselling is holistic because people experience their lives in many ways. Bill has been counselling now for over 12 years as both a general counsellor and alcohol and other drug (AOD) counsellor.  He honours a person’s path to self discovery as a unique experience, his aim is to help a person have a better life and be happy.


Jan Riwhi - Invercargill, Cromwell

Counsellor & Supervisor

Memberships : MANZASW
Qualifications : DipSoc&ComWk

Jan Riwhi - Invercargill, Cromwell

Areas of specialty :

  • Relationships
  • Separation
  • Family Court & ACC counsellor
  • Grief & Trauma
  • Domestic Violence
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Disability
  • Mediation

Jan has 20 years experience working with couples and individuals.


Marian Cunningham - Gore

Counsellor, Drug & Alcohol counsellor & Supervisor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : BSWk, Cert ADCouns, DipCAPsy

Marian Cunningham - Gore

Areas of specialty :

  • Children & Adolescents
  • Family Therapy
  • Relationship counselling
  • Alcohol & Drugs
  • Grief  & Loss
  • Sexuality & Sexual identity
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Trauma & Abuse

Marian has worked as a counsellor since 1997 in the Southland area.  Coming from both a town and farming background has helped Marian understand the diversity of challenges faced by the people of the area.  As a Southlander she is committed to the welfare of the people and the growth and productivity of the region.


Marion Bottle - Invercargill

Counsellor & Supervisor

Memberships : ANZASW
Qualifications : DipSocWk

Marion Bottle - Invercargill

Areas of specialty :

  • Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Relationships
  • Trauma
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Grief & Loss

Marion has a background in health and has over 15 years experience in Social Work and Counselling.  Marion also have contracts with ACC (sensitive claims), Family Court (Relationship Counselling) and CYFS.


Merren McKay - Invercargill, Riverton

Counsellor & Supervisor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : DipCouns

Merren McKay - Invercargill, Riverton

Areas of specialty:

  • Individuals & Couples
  • Grief & Loss
  • Post-Traumatic Stress disorder
  • Interactive Drawing therapy
  • Cognitive-Behavioural therapy
  • Person Centred approaches

In her counselling work, Merren uses a combination of person-centred methods, cognitive-behavioural therapy and interactive drawing therapy. Merren has also developed a specialist area in working with people experiencing loss and grief through her hospice work.


Shirleen Holster - Invercargill

Māori counsellor

Memberships : NZAC
Qualifications : Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)

Shirleen Holster - Invercargill

Areas of specialty:

  • Cross-cultural competence
  • Trauma therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Sexual abuse
  • Addiction and gambling

Shirleen is an experienced counsellor who is passionate about empowering others towards their personal growth, self-awareness and healing.  She is of Ngati Tuwharetoa decent and works sensitively across cultures.  On a personal note, Shirleen loves to travel, exploring and adventure.  She grew up in Taumarunui in the King Country and have been living in Invercargill since 2017.