Diane Gillespie South Coast Psychology

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  Psychological Assessment, Counselling  & Psychotherapy

Social Work

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Liz Randell

Counselling/Psychotherapy/Social Work
Southland Districts

BA(Psych), PGDip Social & Community Work

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.

Jess Brown

Counsellor / Social Worker
Gore & Invercargill

Phone: 027 296 7477


169 Don Street
Invercargill
&
62 Wigan Street
Gore

Info to come

Justine Holland

Counsellor / Social Work
Invercargill & Gore

Phone: 027 713 1255


169 Don Street
Invercargill
&
62 Wigan Street
Gore


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 roles. 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 focussed 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.

Social Work

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Sonia Pera

Counsellor / Social Worker
Offices in Invercargill

Click here to email Sonia

Phone: 027 823 9455


I am a qualified Counsellor registered with ANZASW. 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.

Katie Wiseman

Mental Health Social Worker / Counsellor
Timaru, Waimate and Oamaru

Info to come

Annie Coughlan

Counsellor / Social Worker
Offices in Gore & Invercargill

Info to come

Social Work

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Janet McKnight

Counsellor / Social Worker
Offices in Invercargill

Phone: 027 457 0010

169 Don Street
Invercargill
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Nga Kete

92 Spey Street

Invercargill


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.

Stevie James

Social Worker

BA Social Work


Phone: 027 637 7744

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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 The Ministry for Vulnerable Children 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. 

Sandra Marshall

Counsellor / Social Worker
Gore & Invercargill

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.

Social Work

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Jo Blakemore

Counselling/Psychotherapy
Offices in Timaru & Pleasant Point

MA(Psych), PGDip Coun, BA(Hons) Arts Therapies, BACP, SWRB, ACC Registered Counsellor and Social Worker


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.

Cynthia Cotterell

Social Worker
Canterbury Districts and will travel

BA Community & Family Studies

PG Dip Social & Community Work


Phone: 022 414 2383


Cynthia specialises in: 
  • Working with adults, children and families 
  • working with abuse and trauma
Cynthia has a strengths based, client-led, and solution-focused approach.

Lori Johnston

Counsellor / Social Worker
Gore & Invercargill

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.

Social Work

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Symantha Johnston

Info to come

Nancy McGregor

Counselling / Psychotherapy / Social Work
Office in Timaru and will travel

Click here to email Nancy

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.

Tania Metherell

Registered Social Worker
Timaru District

Dip Soc Services

Dip Ch & Ad Psy


Phone;  021 148 2501


Tania Metherell is a registered social worker with 14 years’ experience, currently working mainly with children and their families as a Family Worker in a non-governmental organisation.

Tania has completed qualifications and courses in social work including child and adolescent psychology, attachment theory / therapy, and family therapy. Tania loves working with children but also enjoys working alongside adults, and it is important to her to create respectful, trusting and therapeutic relationships with clients.

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Kate Collie

Counselling / Social Work
Invercargill

Degree in Community and Social Work, 

PGDip in Social Work (with Distinction), 

200 hr Registered Yoga teacher, 

Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher


Phone:  020 418 44747


169 Don Street
Invercargill

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.

Emily McDonald

Counselling / Social Work
Christchurch

Phone:  027 862 1056

44 Bealy Avenue
Christchurch

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


Sara Scott

Counselling / Social Work
Ashburton

91 Mt Harding Road 
Methven

Info to come
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