Phone: 343-3391 Fax: 343-2934

29 Yaldhurst Road, Sockburn, Christchurch

PO Box 6088, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8442

Online Referral


To make an appointment with a counsellor please complete the online referral form below or alternatively you can ring us direct on (03) 343 3391 during working hours.

You can also be referred by their GP, health professional, family members and friends

What is Counselling? 

Counselling is:

  • A professional relationship based on trust where confidentiality is paramount. 
  • A process where a client and counsellor sets aside time to explore difficulties which may include the stressful or emotional feelings of the client.
  • Enabling the client to share their feelings, experiences and behaviour with a goal of discovering new ways to facilitate positive change.
  • Provide an opportunity for the client to see things clearer, possibly from a different perspective.
  • Assisting the client increase their understanding of themselves and their relationships with others and developing more resourceful ways of living.

Counselling is not:

  • Giving advice.
  • Being judgmental.
  • Attempting to sort out the problems of the client.

We’ll match you with a counsellor that can help you with

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Self esteem
  • Anger
  • Relationships
  • Grief

and more…..

​Maintaining a healthy emotional life is important for overall health and happiness. Good emotional wellbeing can contribute to increased self-esteem, an increased sense of self, increased energy and better relationships with ourselves and those around us. Wellness is promoted through self-care, having an understanding of our feelings and emotions, dealing with stress in a healthy way and cultivating a sense of compassion towards ourselves. Self-care is about paying attention, listening to what we are feeling and what our body needs to be well. Ignoring our own needs leaves us depleted but self-care will energise and recharge us.

Let’s talk about Counselling

Counselling sessions normally last sixty minutes and are usually scheduled on a weekly basis but some people attend fortnightly or at longer intervals.

This counselling helps you explore and manage what is happening in your life.

The counsellor's role is to assist you in ways that respect your values, culture, personal resources and capacity for change.

The counselling interventions our counsellors provide assist people to better deal with challenges such as trauma, anxiety, grief, depression, relationship issues, stress and personal growth.

As a result of the counselling support provided by Petersgate’s counsellors, many people are empowered to participate more fully in their communities and lead more fulfilling lives. For those living with suicidal thoughts, our service is often the difference between life and death.


We all operate under a strict code of practice; what you see here, what you hear here, stays here.

New Client Referral Form

Please complete this referral form for a Petersgate counsellor to contact you.

NB: Please use this form only if you're making a request for an initial counselling session at Petersgate Counselling Centre for yourself, a patient or a client. This form should not be used by existing clients.

The information you provide will remain strictly confidential to Petersgate Counselling Centre.

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Please note that certain email apps mistakenly divert messages from new contacts or with certain words into the app's Spam/Junk folder. Please check this folder in your email app if you indicate email contact as your preferred method of contact and don't hear from us within a few days.


Please use this space to state what is prompting you/your client, patient or employee to seek counselling, and whether a particular counselling approach is preferable. This information helps us to ensure the best possible client-counsellor fit.

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Counselling fees will be paid for by...

Please identify who will be paying for the counselling sessions. If you select Other in the drop-down menu then please identify this person's relationship to you in the next section.

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Your relationship to the person who will be paying for your counselling.

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Please let us know the days and hours you could be available to attend counselling at Petersgate. The more options you provide, the quicker we'll be able to find an available counsellor. Please note that appointment times Monday to Thursday are from 9am to 7.30pm and Friday from 9am to 4.00pm.

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Additional Information

Please feel free to provide additional information here. For example, this might be about your availability to attend counselling or a request to see a particular counsellor.

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Request Made By

Please tell us who is submitting this request. If you select Other in the drop-down menu then please explain your relationship to the person for whom the request is being made.

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Your contact details if this isn't a self-referral

Please provide your first and last name, the name of your organisation, and your contact details, if you're submitting this request for counselling on behalf of someone else.

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I confirm that I am submitting this request for counselling for myself, or that I am authorised to submit it on behalf of the person named above and am doing this with their knowledge and consent.

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