Mike Baker - Clinical Manager

DipMH(Dist), BD, MSc (Hons), PhD, Registered Psychologist

Mike has a background in pastoral ministry, military chaplaincy and working in social services. As a psychologist he has worked in addictions and has interests in grief, depression, anxiety, sexuality, supervision and mindfulness. His training includes Person-Centered counselling and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

Andy Hills
B.Couns, Member of NZAC
Andy is grounded in a Person-centred approach, working with adults of all ages. Additionally, Andy has wide experience working with men’s issues. He offers a safe, respectful atmosphere where people can feel heard, understood and accepted. Andy enjoys working relationally, valuing the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

Anna-Marie Dew
B.Couns, MA (Psychology), Provisional Member of NZAC
Anna-Marie is committed to working alongside people of all ages in their journey of self-discovery. Trained in the person-centred approach, she believes that feeling fully heard in a safe and nurturing space, and being accompanied in exploring oneself with curiosity and compassion, can lead towards greater insight and clarity in facing life's obstacles and challenges.

Annekatrien Verbraak
BA (Social Work), MSc (Psychology), MEd (Counselling), MNZAC

Annekatrien enjoys the process of clients discovering who they are meant to be. She uses her understanding of psychology as well as various counselling methods with a base of Solution-Focused Therapy in her sessions.

Darryn Hickling
BTheol, Dip. Counselling (Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors), BCouns, Full Member of New Zealand Christian Counsellors Association (MNZCCA)

Darryn studied Person Centred and Narrative Therapy at Laidlaw College and has completed a course in Emotionally Focused Therapy (for couples).  He sojourns with children (13+) and adults, with particular interests in relationship issues, grief, loss, depression and anxiety.

Erwin Horvath
B.Couns., Dipl. Teach., MNZAC
Erwin is passionate about working co-operatively on relationships, but also has experience in supporting clients with mild to moderate Mental Health issues. Trained in Narrative Therapy, he also works with Internal Family Systems Therapy and The Pattern System. He finished his Counselling Degree in 2009 and has, among other things, a background as a Montessori Primary Teacher.


Grace Jang
B. Couns, Master of Teaching (Primary), Provisional Member NZCCA
Grace is passionate to support people who are going through a tough time in life with a gentle and caring heart. Trained in Person-Centred and Narrative Therapy, she wants to help people to explore their current circumstances and find ways to live more fulfilling lives. Grace enjoys working with individuals of all ages and has experience of working with high school students. She has particular interests in self-esteem, grief, loss, anxiety, depression and spirituality.


Heather Watson

Dip. Counselling,  Member of NZAC
Heather uses a range of skills in her work with the Person-Centred approach as her foundation.
She has a interest in work/life balance, grief and loss, depression, parenting, and life challenges. Heather will journey gently alongside individuals of all ages and has some experience with high school students.

Jeff Hofland
B.Couns, Member of NZAC

Jeff uses a Person-Centred approach. He is passionate about working alongside and gently empowering people. He has a particular interest in counselling individuals grappling with grief and loss, depression, parenting and life/work balance.

Melanie Armstrong

B. Couns. Dip Nursing, Provisional Member of NZAC
Melanie offers a safe, nurturing space by attending to the relationship. She uses a Person-Centred approach and walks alongside clients in a gentle and compassionate way. She has a particular interest in working with issues around grief, loss, depression and offers mindfulness skills.

Nancy Wu
MEd (Cert.Counselling), MEd, B.A. (Hons) English, Dip TESOL, DipEd, Provisional Member of NZAC
Nancy has trained in the solution-focused approach, and works from a person-centred and holistic framework. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, uses creative therapeutic modalities and draws from life experiences. She sees her work as journeying alongside those whose lives have been disrupted by change, dislocation, grief, loss, disempowerment, and painful memories.

Renée Santich

BA (Behavioural Sciences), Grad. Dip. Bible & Missions, Provisional Member of NZAC
Renée is completing her Masters of Counselling at the University of Canterbury. Renée uses a counselling approach that seeks to always listen, value and empathise with the client whilst exploring the issues most important to you. Together we work to build ways to think about and approach life’s challenges that recognise your unique strengths, skills and resources. Renée loves
to work with adolescents and adults across the age spectrum, on issues from relationships, anxiety, depression, spirituality, grief, and other life struggles.

 Insa York

NZAC membership, Cert Art of Heath

Insa has a background of thirty years in holistic health and insight meditation with the last twenty years             dedicated to parenting. She is an intern counsellor working towards her Bachelor of Person-Centred  Counselling.  Insa endevours to provide a safe therapeutic relationship based on listening actively with                      empathetic understanding to empower her clients to find their own voice and truth within.

Westerly Le Breton 

NZCA membership, Diploma in Business Management. 

I am currently working towards my Bachelor of Counselling degree in Person Centred Counselling, in my second year. At Petersgate I enjoy working alongside my clients in a therapeutic partnership, to help clients realize their potential to live "the good life" through engaging their inner voice, acknowledging their autonomy, empowering them to find their own authentic way of being in their world, according to their needs, values, and beliefs. 

Kathryn Brown

B.Couns, Provisional Member of NZAC

Kathryn works from a Person-Centred approach, where she offers a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to explore areas of concern. She has a particular interest in working with anxiety/depression, grief and loss and spiritual issues but she is available to work with whatever needs people bring. Kathryn is passionate about empowering individuals to become their authentic selves. Her experience includes working as a counsellor at a tertiary Institution.

Don Rowlands - Family Therapist

MA. Med [in Counselling]; Cert. in Mental Health; Member of NZAC

Don is an experienced Counsellor who has worked for: the Home and Family Society; Relationship Services, EAP and the Family Court. He is married with five adult children and grandchildren. He has facilitated groups for couples, separation, step parents, grief and Triple P Parenting. Don enjoys Chaplaincy, learning Te Reo, films and fishing.


Cate Walton - Relationship Counsellor

NZRN, MN, Provisional Member NZAC, Accredited 5-Step Method Practitioner

For me counselling is about discovering the life you want to live.  It's not about finding the problems, its about finding what works and doing more of it.

I believe that every person has worth and value and this is reflected in my work.

If you are looking for a place to be heard and a place where your experiences are accepted and respected, then you're welcome.

Lesley Smith

BMS, B. Couns., Provisional Member NZAC

Lesley provides a warm, safe, non-judgmental, and supportive environment for clients to work through the difficulties they are facing. Grounded in the person-centred approach Lesley believes that change is possible when clients feel heard and accepted. Lesley attends to the whole person (body, mind and spirit) and enjoys using creative therapies with clients where appropriate.

Beverley Seabridge

Masters in Clinical Arts Therapy, Post Grad in Social Work (CQSW:UK)

Bev has over 25yrs experience working with a range of age groups and in a variety of settings.  She works in a gentle, powerful way, able to utilise the expressive arts as tools to assist the words when it seems helpful.  Bev integrates concepts from a range of psychological and psychotherapeutic models. She has a special interest in trauma, chronic distress, communication difficulties and sensory sensitivity/overwhelm. 

Raesha Ismal

Masters of Counselling with Distinction 

Raesha is trained in SFBT and integrates her practice with Internal Family Systems. She has a passion for culturally responsive counselling. As a NZ born Muslim she is able to support clients from other cultural backgrounds with compassion and understanding. She also specialises in pornography addiction, sexual trauma and betrayal trauma due to internet infidelity. Raesha has 18 years of experience in education as a primary teacher, tertiary health educator and teacher trainer. Overall holistic health and well-being is a significant part of her work. 

Phone: 343-3391   Fax: 343-2934

29 Yaldhurst Road, Sockburn, Christchurch

PO Box 6088, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8442

Affordable, professional counselling

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