Counselling / Psychotherapy - Southland

Diane Gillespie - 027 246 8437

Registered Psychologist

BA (Psych) MA (Psych) PGDip (PsychPrac)

123 TweedStreet, Invercargill & 62 Wigan Street Gore (and will also travel)

[email protected]

Info to come

Tony Mfumu-Nsuka - 020 4165 7000

Intern Psychologist

123 Tweed Street, Invercargill

[email protected]

Info to come

Anne Neilson

Intern Counsellor

123 Tweed Street, Invercargill

[email protected] 

Anne is proficient in DBT skills, mindfulness, CBT, ACT and Rogerian therapies, and has experience in working with people from diverse cultures, teens and adults, and a variety of mental health presentations.

Anne has experience working with sexual abuse in her past role within a rape crisis centre providing counselling for people presenting with sexual abuse and rape and their effects. This may suit clients that don’t qualify for ACC referrals.

She is happy work with clients teaching them skills and assisting them to apply skills and strategies into their everyday lives.

Anne is undertaking her counselling internship with South Coast Psychology. She welcomes non-ACC private referrals for counselling / therapy. 

Judy Leith - 027 275 7473 

Intern Counsellor

BSocServ Counselling, Relational Wholebody Focusing Therapist

123 Tweed Street, Invercargill & 62 Wigan Street, Gore

[email protected]

Judy is a Counsellor and Wholebody Focusing Oriented Therapist & Trainer in private practice in Southland. She is presently undertaking her Counselling Internship with South Coast Psychology and is a provisional member with the NZAC. Judy’s approach to counselling is based on the Rogerian conditions of self-worth, positive regard, and a deeply embodied empathy towards others. Her emphasis is on the quality and depth of the therapeutic relationship through her willingness to be authentic and real so a genuine connection can be established.

Judy integrates the experiential practice of Wholebody Focusing into her counselling practice to help clients to relax and bring relief from anxiety, pain, fear, and tension held in the body. This gentle practice encourages a deep meaningful connection and engagement and gives clients tools to take away to use in their everyday lives to self-regulate and help to manage challenging relationships and stressful life situations. Judy has been practicing the mindful practice of Wholebody Focusing for ten years having become certified with the Focusing Institute of New York as a trainer in 2015 and as a Relational Wholebody Focusing Oriented Therapist in 2017.

During the course of her private practice, Judy embraces professional development and training opportunities and has worked with clients suffering from a range of mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, sexual abuse, grief and loss and drug, alcohol and substance addictions.

Additionally, Judy’s areas of interest include working with groups to build self-esteem and self-awareness, teaching grounding techniques from Wholebody Focusing by tuning into and connecting with the body’s own knowing and wisdom, and guiding individuals to deepen their experience of the present, in ‘moment by moment awareness’ through the practice of mindfulness. Judy also has a deep interest in working with people whose lives have been affected by the disease of Alcoholism and the flow-on inter-generational effects it has on relationships.

Judy welcomes non-ACC private referrals for Counselling and Therapy.

Whole Body Focusing   

Sonia Pera


123 Tweed Street, Invercargill & 62 Wigan Street, Gore

[email protected]

I am a qualified Counsellor registered with NZASW. I am ACC accredited, and my fundamental training is in historical sexual abuse, addictions, relationships and family dysfunction.

I work with both men and women from all cultures and ethnicities. I am a fully trained functional family therapist and have worked as a relationship counsellor for 20 years for Family Court, and Rape Crisis for 15 years, as a counsellor. I am flexible with my session times and can provide counselling through skype.

I’ve enabled my clients to make healthier choices in their lives, and supported them to learn and develop better ways to handle life’s difficulties.

Contact me today and begin the journey of recovery.

Kate McKay - 027 222 2865

Counsellor, NLP, Time Line Therapist, Hypnotherapist

BA Soc Sci, PG Dip Rehab Applied, Ergonomics, Guidance Studies, MCDANZ

70 Victoria Avenue, Invercargill

[email protected]

Kate’s heartbeat for life is all about the environment in which we live – the outside and the inside. Always seeking balance and harmony. For Kate, her work is a natural extension, an easy step from personal journey to assisting others seeking change and personal growth.

With over 15 years’ experience as a career coach, life coach and counsellor, Kate assists clients to better manage a wide range of personal challenges including negative emotions, troublesome habits, relationship tensions and confidence / self-esteem levels.

Kate enjoys working with people of all ages. Kate is intuitive, caring and sensitive, her mission being to help women, men and children connect with self – enabling them to move from stuck positions to enriched life experiences by discovering, accessing and using their pool of personal resources.

Kate is a coach, therapist, counsellor and trainer – Certified as an NLP Practitioner, Time Line™ Therapy Practitioner and an American Board of Hypnotherapy registered Hypnotherapist. Kate brings a wealth of background experience from earlier work in areas including vocational rehabilitation, administration and teaching music. She holds a degree in Social Science (Psychology) and has successfully undertaken post graduate study in Vocational Rehabilitation Ergonomics and Guidance Studies. She is a professional member of the ASORC: CDANZ and NZCCA and an accredited ACC provider – meaning that she can work with government and other agency client referrals in addition to private self-referred clients.

Kate enjoys living and working in Invercargill, New Zealand, making sure she gets regular breaks in beautiful Arrowtown with her husband John and two ‘fur kids’ Ruby and Emma.

She loves meeting with people in the open, relaxed and parklike offices at 70 Victoria Avenue, Invercargill but is equally happy to work over Skype.

Your Life Live It

Justine Holland - 027 713 1255

Counsellor / Social Worker

123 Tweed Street, Invercargill & 62 Wigan Street, Gore (and will travel)

[email protected]

Justine Holland is an experienced social worker. She has worked in youth justice and with youth and their families in both statutory and non-statutory oles. Justine has a passion for empowering individuals to realise their full potential and being supported to do this. She works from a strengths based perspective and incorporates psychosocial and solution focused frameworks into her work with clients.

Justine considers Southland home, moving to Invercargill in the mid 90’s and raising her family here.

Justine is a fully registered social worker (SWRB) and member of ANZASW. She is an ACC accredited counsellor providing counselling and her own practice providing supervision for social workers and those working within social service settings.

Janet McKnight - 027 457 0010

Counsellor / Social Worker

123 Tweed Street, Invercargill & 11 Deveron Street, Invercargill

[email protected]

Janet has 14 years’ experience working within Mental Health services. She has worked with people who have experienced a range of mental health issues, and who come from a range of backgrounds, including children, teenagers, older adults and people of various ethnicities. Whilst working within Mental Health services she has provided therapy and support.

She has education, training and experience in a range of therapy models.

Janet is ACC Registered Counsellor to work with those who have experienced sexual trauma and she is also a Registered Social Worker.

Janet is committed and passionate about working with people to help them work through the emotional difficulties they are experiencing. She tailors her therapy to suit each person she is working with.

Lori Johnston - 027 950 3007

Counsellor / Social Worker

Nga Kete, 92 Spey Street, Invercargill & 62 Wigan Street, Gore

[email protected]

Lori is a registered Social Worker, trained at Curtin University in Perth. She graduated in 1991, and since then has worked in a variety of roles mainly around Western Australia, and mostly with survivors of abuse. Lori works from an empowerment perspective, supporting clients to recover their confidence and sense of control after abuse. Lori uses a variety of interventions tailored to each person’s needs. She has been in Invercargill since 2013.

Dr Latesha Murphy-Edwards - 021 295 9207 

Registered Clinical Psychologist

70 Victoria Avenue, Invercargill

[email protected]

Dr Latesha Murphy-Edwards is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing since 1996. She worked for the Southern District Health Board until 2015 and has 20 years’ experience treating young people with mental illness. Latesha has also worked with adult mental health clients and as a clinical supervisor, an academic tutor, and a consultant report writer for the Youth Court. Since leaving the SDHB and developing her private practice, Latesha has worked with ACC clients with physical injuries and sexual trauma. She enjoys working with people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds and offers individual and family-based therapies. Latesha trained primarily in cognitive-behavioural therapy and is also interested in using various other interventions including mindfulness-based therapies in her work. She is a member of the New Zealand Psychological Society (Institute of Clinical Psychologists) and a member of the New Zealand Pain Society.

Wendy Scott - 027 300 8454

Counsellor / Therapist

Addictions (Dip), DBT (Cert), Social Services (Cert), ACC and DAPAANZ Registered

70 Victoria Avenue, Invercargill & 62 Wigan Street, Gore

[email protected]

Wendy is an experienced registered Addiction Practitioner and trained DBT therapist. She incorporates a strength based approach and a holistic perspective - spiritual, emotional, social and psychological elements when working with clients. Wendy’s counselling studies formally began in 2005. She has worked with diverse range of people from youth to seniors since beginning her career. She has a passion for assisting and empowering individuals achieve their select goals. She enjoys outdoor activities including horse riding - horses have always been her soul food. She is married and have 2 adult sons and enjoys getting together with her whanau and extended whanau.

Jess Brown - 027 296 7477

Counsellor / Social Worker

123 Tweed Street, Invercargill & 62 Wigan Street, Gore

[email protected] 

Info to come

Kate Collie - 020 418 44747

Counsellor / Social Worker

Degree in Community and Social Work, PGDip in Social Work (with Distinction), 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher, Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher

123 Tweed Street, Invercargill

[email protected]

Kate is a social worker who has experience in the fields of mental health, addictions, social work supervision and family work she has a particular interest in the use of mindfulness and somatic (body) therapy to support wellbeing. She believes the combination of talk therapy and somatic therapy offers a holistic approach to healing. Kate acknowledges that seeking support can be scary and can cause us to feel vulnerable however, seeking support also shows courage and strength.

Katie O'Connor - 027 478 2782


62 Wigan Street, Gore

[email protected]

Katie has a love of working with and supporting people to face life challenges, overcome difficulties, and heal from trauma. Helping clients to find a sense of wellbeing and inner-peace that allows them to lead their life according to their values is important to her. She feels privileged to be part of someone else’s journey of increasing self-discovery and awareness and believes it is through awareness that meaningful positive change happens.

Katie enjoys working in a holistic, sensitive and caring way with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. She has 18 years’ experience in mindfulness and counselling. Importantly, Katie believes that through cultivating a safe nurturing space other can explore their difficulties with curiosity and compassion, which can lead to greater clarity and freedom. She worked as a Guidance Counsellor at a local college and now works in private practice. Katie originally trained in Hakomi psychotherapy but has continued to study and develop skills in a number of areas having completing trainings in DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, IDT (Interactive Drawing Therapy), MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and other mindfulness approaches. Her interest areas include: stress, anxiety, depression, grief, anger and conflict issues, trauma, sexual abuse and relationship issues.

Katie is an ACC registered counsellor, a member of the New Zealand Counselling Association and is a trained mindfulness teacher. She has taught the children’s Pause, Breathe and Smile mindfulness programme for the Mental Health Foundation and runs 8-week MBSR programmes regularly in the community.

Katie finds deep satisfaction in the sacred and feels privileged to travel with others on their faith journey as a Spiritual Companion. She is currently training with Ignatian Spirituality NZ as a Spiritual Director in the Ignatian Tradition. While Katie comes out of a Christian tradition she has a special love of Celtic spirituality, a heartfelt respect for Buddhism, and a curiosity and reverence of other faiths. She has attended and run numbers of retreats in New Zealand.

Katie has a wealth of life and career experience to bring to her work as a counsellor, teacher and supervisor.

Mindfullness for Wellbeing 

Sue Lattimore

Counsellor / Psychotherapist


[email protected]

Info to come

Sandra Marshall - 021 069 7650

Counsellor / Social Worker

Gore & Invercargill

[email protected]

Sandra is currently working as a case worker for Women’s Refuge and has been for the past 18 years. Sandra’s passion is working with people of all ages and from all aspects of life to empower everyone.

Sandra works with compassion and warmth and walks along side to help guide and nurture people to make positive change. Sandra is a member of ANZASW since 2009, continued with professional development with child protection and CBT.

Dr Matthew McDonald - 021 0880 4248

Registered Clinical Psychologist / Neuropsychologist

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (with Distinction), Bachelor of Science with Honours (First Class)

123 Tweed Street, Invercargill 

[email protected]

Matt is a seventh generation Southlander who enjoys working with adults of all ages, young people, and their parents, all seeking to make positive change in their lives. His special interests include rural mental health, anxiety, depression, grief, loss and trauma, and he is ACC registered.

Over the years he has been employed in child and adolescent mental health, community health, corrections and palliative care. Matt believes that in therapy,”one size does not fit all” and it is important to take time to talk with his clients and come up with a plan together to ensure that it works for them.

Matt is trained in various therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Brain-based and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which ensures tailored treatment based on client needs.

He researched psychometrics and neuro-psychological functioning in older people for his PhD and uses these principles in his practice to help diagnose neurodevelopmental conditions such as Intellectual Disability and Autism.

Matt says that he spent far too many years training at the University of Otago, and is enjoying being back home in Southland, being involved in the local community and spending time on the family farm.

He is a full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) and New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) Institute of Clinical Psychologists. 

Mind Your Head Psychology Ltd

Dr Kay McKenzie - 027 228 9747

Registered Counselling Psychologist

13 Esk Street, Invercargill

[email protected]

Kay is passionate about working with children and families, and also sought after for couples and individual adult therapy. She is well-trained and experienced in parent-child assessments and therapy. She has an impressive play room for play therapy with children and their parents.

Kay is popular with several Employee Assistance Programmes. She provides consultation, specialist services and supervision to several government and non-government organisations.

Invercargill Child & Family Centre

Symantha Johnston - 027 698 5550

Counsellor / Social Worker

123 Tweed Street, Invercargill

[email protected]

.Info to come

Liz Randell

Counsellor / Social Worker

BA(Psych), PGDip Social & Community Work

Southland Districts

[email protected]

Liz is from Invercargill and over the last 15 years has worked in youth mental health, youth justice/care and protection and currently works in education with at risk students. Liz has a BA (major psychology) and post graduate diploma in social and community work (with distinction) and is a member of ANZASW. Her passion is youth and considering how the wider support system around people can be strengthened. The goal is always relief from distress and a way for people to move forward with autonomy and hope. In her free time she enjoys running, learning the guitar, reading and getting out and about with her two kids.

Karen Willis

Counsellor / Social Worker


[email protected]

Info to come

Diane Johnstone

Counsellor / Social Worker


[email protected]

Info to come

Counselling / Psychotherapy - Clutha/Southland

Annie Coughlan - 027 250 9838

Counsellor / Social Worker

70 Victoria Avenue, Invercargill & Balclutha

[email protected]

Info to come

Karen Goffe - 021 777 732


123 Tweed Street, Invercargill & Balclutha

[email protected]

Info to come

Counselling / Psychotherapy - Otago/Southland

Shane Pleasance - 027 589 9921


MBA, MinstD, PGCert, BSc (Hons), R/N

Southland Community House, 46 Kelvin Street, Invercargill & Otago

[email protected]

Shane works across Southland and Otago.

He has recently become a grandfather for the first time, so may have medals of babymilk on his shirt and photos of his granddaughter at any time.

Shane has been a counsellor and psychiatric nurse for 30 years, and has a strong background in addictions.

Talking Shop 

Dr Shelley Taylor 

Registered Clinical Psychologist

Dunedin & Southland 

[email protected]

I am a registered clinical psychologist who has experience working with adolescents and adults. I love working with people and sharing their journeys.

I have supported clients with trauma, anxiety, depression, psychosis, bipolar and personality disorders.

I have over 13 years’ experience working in acute and rehabilitation mental health wards. I use various therapeutic interventions and approaches that are chosen based on formulations and client preferences, including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, and Schema Therapy.

I am a full member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists.

Theresa Parker - 022 384 7175

Registered Clinical Psychologist

BMus, DipGrad(Psych), GradDipTchg, MSc (Distinction in Psychology), PGDipCIPs

Dunedin & Southland

[email protected]

Theresa is a Registered Clinical Psychologist working in Dunedin and Southland. Her work includes Assessment and Treatment for ACC sensitive claims as well as working with adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health issues. Theresa also works half time for the Intellectual Disability Service with the Southern District Health Board.

Theresa is motivated to work collaboratively with clients to achieve their goals and a life that is meaningful for them. Theresa strongly believes that positive change is attainable for all individuals. In the past, Theresa gained clinical experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in a Community setting, as well as forensic clients with Intellectual Disabilities in an Inpatient Setting. Her areas or interest and experience include trauma, anxiety, depression, psychosis, autism, and learning disabilities.

Her knowledge and skills are across a wide range of therapies. Her primary interests are in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), trauma-focused therapy, and Mindfulness based therapies. Theresa also has specialist assessment skills in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, including Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Theresa studied at the University of Otago where she gained a Master of Science (MSc) with Distinction in Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipCIPS), and Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) in Psychology. Prior to training in Psychology, Theresa completed a Bachelor of Music (BMus), Graduate Diploma in Secondary School Teaching (GradDipTchg).

Theresa is a full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. Theresa is available for ACC clients.

Viki Abercrombie - 027 351 5121


Central Otago

[email protected]

I am a self employed counsellor with a Counselling degree and NZAC registration. I specialise in healing and recovery from trauma with a focus on being connected to and agentic with our own wellbeing. My area of expertise is from a Creative Therapies perspective that eclectically draws from Psychodynamic and Contemporary Theories including but not limited to Narrative, CBT, DBT, and Mindfulness alongside ARTS and PLAY based therapies.

I work with children and adults across all genders and cultures.

I enjoy life. I am a mother and a recently new grandmother. I have 2 dogs, practise yoga and love walking in the glorious landscapes of Central Otago and Aotearoa.

Penny Walker 

Registered Clinical Psychologist

BA, BSc (Psych), MSc (Distinction in Psych), PGDipClPs

Otago & Southland

Penny is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals. She is a Registered Clinical Psychologist originally from Southland and of NZ European and Māori descent.

Penny’s special interests include mental health among rural and farming communities, relationships, trauma, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She utilises knowledge and skills from a broad base of therapies to help improve wellbeing and functioning. Penny has gained clinical experience working with forensic adults in an impatient setting, as well as adults, adolescents and children in the community.

Penny studied at the University of Otago where she gained a Master of Science (MSc) with Distinction in Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClPs), Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology (BSc) and Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Indigenous Development and Japanese (BA).

She is a full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP).

Counselling / Psychotherapy - Otago/Canterbury

Joy Rogers - 027 305 0177

Registered Clinical Psychologist

27 Tarbert St (upstairs via Deel St), Alexandra 9320

[email protected]

I am a Clinical Psychologist based in Alexandra. I also work half time for the Southern DHB at the local community mental health team, where I have also trained as a Duly Authorised Officer under the Mental Health Act.

I have always worked in both private and public settings since I graduated from Canterbury University in 1992. I really enjoy the variety of people and presentations this brings.

I like to take a compassionate, collaborative approach in my work with clients who may come with complex anxiety, depression, eating disorders, complex trauma, emotional dysregulation, identity / existential issues, adjustment and grief.

I use a variety of frameworks configured to suit the individual. These include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, mindfulness and meditation, trauma-informed approaches and brain-based perspectives. A developmental view is also useful.

Staying open, curious, and a commitment to life-long self-development and learning are strongly held values of mine, along with old-fashioned kindness.

This year, I would like to attend a workshop to learn more about Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprogramming (EMDR) for trauma.

I was raised here in Alexandra and after a nine year hiatus in early adulthood, I returned here. I have two adult daughters who live elsewhere and I am currently out-numbered at home 3-1, by two dogs and a cat.

Kristy Howard - 027 947 8474

Registered Psychologist

BA (Psych), Hons (Psych), MSBH, MNZPsS

Lawrence & Dunedin

[email protected]

Kristy has worked as a psychologist for over 15 years, specialising in supporting people who have been affected by traumatic events. Kristy has worked with clients from a variety of backgrounds including those with a refugee background, young people struggling to find a place to belong, those that are grieving loved ones, people struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, coping with chronic pain, stress, and adjusting to difficult life challenges. She has also provided professional supervision.

Kristy is deeply committed to providing a safe, empathic and non-judgemental space within which you can explore yourself. Her role is to be “present”, listen deeply, share observations, offer strategies or explanations that might be useful, and most importantly, provide a framework in which you can grow. She is skilled at providing guidance for developing mindfulness techniques for helping individuals develop greater compassion for, and understanding of, themselves as well as for coping with difficult experiences.

Kristy has been trained in a number of evidence-based therapeutic approaches (including ACT, CBT, Person-Centred, Biofeedback, Multi-modal Trauma Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Mindfulness, Relational Psychology) and integrates this training with her warm, approachable manner to deliver best practice for meeting client’s needs. She will integrate her knowledge of these approaches with an understanding of your unique troubles, concerns, hopes, and goals to deliver a tailored approach for your growth. Life is perfectly messy – therapy is the space to contemplate, sit with, and makes sense of it.

Kristy is a member of the NZ Psychology Society and is ACC approved for Sensitive Claims and Pain Management. Her base is in Lawrence, however can travel to Dunedin and Milton/Balclutha upon request.

Her other interests include nutrition and the impact of diet on mental health, supporting mums with the job of raising little ones, exploring the therapeutic value of spending time amongst nature, and somehow balancing all of this with being a mum. She is also a traveller, wife, mother of twins under the age of five, gardener, environmentalist. She also like goats.

Katie Wiseman - 021 049 9681

Counsellor / Social Worker

Waimate, Timaru & Oamaru

[email protected]

Info to come

Sara Scott - 027 503 640

Counsellor / Social Worker

91 Mt Harding Road, Methven

[email protected]

Hi there, my name is Sara Scott and I am a Registered Social Worker. I live with my family in Methven which includes five boys and many animals! I have over 15 years post qualified experience in Counselling and Psychotherapy and have worked with individuals, families and children.

I am SWRB, ACC, WINZ & Rural Support registered and run a private clinic in Methven. I originally trained in the UK and have extensive experience working in the Mental Health sector. Main presenting problems may be stress, anxiety, depression, loss and trauma.

I work from an Attachment, Family Systems Theory, Psychosocial & Human Givens perspective and practice with Solution Focussed, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence models. I have a passion in working with people to restore life satisfaction and improve interpersonal relationships.

Thank you for taking time to look me up. I hope to be able to support you if you are within my area. I have a lovely practice in the foothills just outside Methven with a couch ready for you to sit and talk about what is important to you; however, if you are unable to travel, I may be able to come to you.

The Couch 

Emily McDonald - 027 862 1056

Counsellor / Social Worker

44 Bealy Avenue, Christchurch

[email protected]

Emily has worked in government agencies, but more recently, in the NGO sector for eight years working with youth, young parents, families and children.

She worked as a Practice Leader and supervisor in a high-risk residential setting with clients experiencing mental health, substance abuse, violence and sexual abuse, intellectual disabilities, ex-prisoners.

Emily works from a strengths-based approach that is client led and solution focussed.

She is a Registered Social Worker with SWRBNZ and ACC accredited counsellor.

Jo Blakemore

Psychotherapist / Counsellor / Social Worker

MA(Psych), PGDip Coun, BA(Hons) Arts Therapies, BACP, SWRB

Timaru & Pleasant Point

[email protected]

Jo is trained in Psychotherapy, specialising in person-centred practices and working systemically in the field of trauma and distress. Jo works with individuals and families.

Jo has a wealth of experience working with people. She has worked with male prisoners, migrants, the armed forces, families and children in a variety of settings.

She has experience across many areas of mental health and has worked in a number of different settings including secure government facilities, outreach services, schools, prisons, youth speciality services as well as a variety of community health settings.

Jo uses a range of therapeutic approaches that are guided by psychoanalytic formulation and influenced by client preferences. She has skill in many evidence based therapies. Jo aims to develop a sound therapeutic relationship with her clients and to empower them to make positive changes in their lives.

Kath Byrne - 021 119 8038

Counsellor / Therapist

Ashburton & Temuka

[email protected]

Info to come

Katrina Stanley 

Registered Clinical Psychologist

MA PG Dip Clin Psych

Timaru and will travel

[email protected]

Katrina is a registered clinical psychologist who has skills working with children, adolescents and adults. Her areas of experience include trauma, anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, autism and ADHD. She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient units and community mental health services. Katrina uses a variety of therapeutic approaches which are guided by a formulation and influenced by client preferences. She has skills in CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness based therapy, Schema Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. She is a member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists.

Alice McClintock - 027 345 7104

Registered Clinical Psychologist

BSc with Honours (Psych), MSc (Distinction in Psych), PGDipClinPsych

Timaru and can travel to nearby towns

[email protected]

Alice is a fully qualified and registered Clinical Psychologist working in the Timaru district and available for ACC clients.

Alice has experience working with a wide range of psychological and emotional problems. She offers a compassionate, safe, and confidential environment for you to share your difficulties and to work together on the things you would like to change.

Alice is experienced in psychological assessment and evidence-based therapeutic approaches including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Schema therapy, and Trauma-focused therapy.

Her special interests and areas of experience include trauma, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, eating difficulties, self-esteem, and sleep issues.

Alice is a full member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists.

Linda Waitokia - 027 670 0695 / 03 308 2642

Counsellor / Therapist

B(A&D), Cert in Social & Community Work, Cert (Supervision), ACC & Victim Support Registered, MNZAC; MDAPAANZ

Metamorphosis Counselling, 220 Walnut Avenue, Ashburton

[email protected]

Linda’s life experiences led her to professional development with an interest in family dynamics. She is a trained addictions counsellor who incorporates a holistic perspective including mental, emotional, social and spiritual elements. Linda is passionate about empowering and supporting people to make positive changes in their lives.

Lorraine Smith - 027 876 6029


BA, PG Cert Health Science, Registered Addictions Counsellor


[email protected]

Lorraine works in Private Practice in Ashburton. She is currently undertaking a Diploma in Health Science with Naturopathic College of New Zealand.

Lorraine integrates a holistic mind, body, spirit approach to wellness. She has over 23 years of experience as a mental health and addictions professional and is a registered member of DAPAANZ. She uses CBT, Strengths Based/solution focused, client centred strategies. She is intuitive, caring and empathic.

Lorraine is an ACC accredited counsellor and provides counselling services, clinical supervision and health coaching from her private practice in Ashburton – The Natural Path.

Natalie Blackmore - 027 292 9042

Registered Clinical Psychologist

BSC, MSc, Dip Clin Psych

Ashburton (and will travel)

[email protected]

Natalie is a Registered Clinical Psychologist working in the Canterbury and South Canterbury area. Her work includes Assessment and Treatment for ACC sensitive claims; as well as her own general private practice.

Natalie currently specialises in working with children, adolescents and adults, with a focus on trauma; and can also do Neuropsychological assessments. Natalie has nearly 10 years’ experience working in primary and secondary health care services, as well as at the Department of Corrections. More recently Natalie has moved into private practice in the Mid Canterbury region. Natalie is comfortable working with a broad range of psychological issues and has a special interest in working with attachment difficulties, trauma, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, eating difficulties, stress, relationship stress, self esteem and general mental health. Natalie works primarily with cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness-based, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy treatment models.

Natalie is a member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists and Rural Health Alliance Aoteroa New Zealand.

Mid Canterbury Psychology

Paula Cannan - 027 380 7392

Registered Clinical Psychologist

MSc (Dist), PG Dip ClPs, BA (Hons) 

Community House, 44 Cass Street, Ashburton

[email protected]

Assessment and treatment in Canterbury including incapacity assessment for ACC sensitive claims.

Paula is a registered clinical psychologist who currently specialises in working with individuals aged 18 years and older. Paula has 10 years’ experience working in primary and secondary health care services and more recently private practice in the Mid Canterbury region. Paula is comfortable working with a broad range of psychological issues and has a special interest in working with trauma, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety (panic attacks, worry, phobias, social anxiety, healthy anxiety, obsessive-compulsive anxiety), stress / adjustment problems, grief and loss, assertiveness and self-esteem issues. Paula works primarily from cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based, and dialectical behaviour therapy treatment models.

Her personal development goals for this year include training in eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing, an effective psychological intervention for treating trauma.

Paula is a member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists. 

Sue McCoy - 027 688 2044

Counsellor / Therapist

56 Bank Street, Timaru

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Sue is qualified counsellor registered with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. Sue has worked as a therapist in the Timaru community for around 18 years and has wide ranging experience in working with people through traumatizing events. Sue believes in the value of a relational style of counselling that supports people to carefully engage with and move through the impact of painful life events, to understand who they are now and where to from here. Sue has a lot of experience working with anger as well as holding a certificate in addiction work. Her work is Client focused and CBT based with ongoing training in trauma treatment modalities. Sue works with women and men 18 years and over.

Sue McCoy Counselling 

Nancy McGregor - 027 600 3390

Counsellor / Social Worker

Timaru (and will travel)

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Nancy specialises in working with children and also enjoys working with families and individually with adults. Nancy comes from a background of working with children and families in both social work and counselling roles. She is very experienced in working with children and women who have been abused, and also working with men. Her base in working with people is developmentally, and her main models of practice are mindfulness and client centred models adding trauma informed practice, CBT, ACT and DBT informed strategies and treatments.

Nancy works with compassion and warmth and walks alongside people to guide and nurture and to empower. She works with a mind-body connection always taking into account spirituality and one’s head, heart and hands.

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Stevie James - 027 637 7744

Counsellor / Social Worker

Timaru & Canterbury

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I have a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Otago, from there I went into my role as Care and Protection Social Worker for Oranga Tamariki (previously Child Youth and Family).

I have experience in working with adults, children and families, particularly in areas of abuse and trauma.

I enjoy working alongside clients and working from a strengths based and solution focused approach. 

Counselling / Psychotherapy - Tasman / West Coast

Nadine Hislop - 027 320 6302

Counsellor/Social Worker

Murchison, Tasman and Buller/Westland

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Nadine is a registered Social Worker under the SWRB and ACC accredited. Nadine has 13 years mental health experience in the area of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, has a range of experience from working in CAMHS, Youth Justice, Primary Health settings and has an excellent understanding of working with other agencies. Nadine has a great knowledge and has worked through many therapeutic models.

Nadine has a main interest in cognitive behaviour therapy, solution focused therapy and recovery model. Nadine has a Post Grad Cert in Health Sciences, Endorsed in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a Post Grad Cert in Health Sciences Endorsed in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and a Bachelor of Social and Community Work. She has worked both in District Health Board and Primary Health settings and recently set up my own private practice.

Nadine lives in Murchison and covers the Tasman and Buller/Westland areas. Nadine has many areas of interest and loves her work in helping individuals recover from trauma and mental health concerns.

Counselling / Psychotherapy - North Island

Kim Bunyan - 027 274 4336

Registered Psychologist

Hamilton & Gisborne

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Kia Ora Koutou

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I am a South African trained clinical psychologist who has worked mainly in New Zealand. I initially lived in Gore in Southland and then the lovely Invercargill and Oraka Aparima, now I have a home in Tairawhiti and in Hamilton.

I have been fortunate enough to work in various settings. I have had the opportunity to work with many different people since I moved to Aotearoa in 1996.

My clinical experience includes children, adolescents, adults and people with physical disability and developmental delay.