Counselling for Men
We make it easy for Christchurch, Ashburton, and Kaiapoi men to get the support they need to make the most of their lives.
Book a Counselling Session at the Canterbury Men's Centre Now
At that first meeting, you meet one of our trained staff (usually not a counsellor). You will make a plan to get to what you want to achieve and if that involves counselling, we match you to the best counsellor. We also let you know any information we have about other options.
Your Gross Income Session Fee for one hour
|Up to $600/week||$40|
|$600 to $800/week||$60|
|$800 to $1,000/week||$80|
|$1,000 to $1,200/week||$100|
Weekends and evenings
Minimum $60. * Please note: Initial sessions on weekend and evenings are also a suggested $60, but we won’t make this a barrier if it causes you hardship.
WINZ Disability Allowance
You may be eligible for the WINZ Disability Allowance to cover your counselling costs. We will help you figure out if you are eligible and get you through the process.
We support you to work through the process if you are eligible.
Our Bank Account for direct deposits is: 02 0800 0923575 000
Our fees are negotiable and based on the capacity of men to pay. Honestly. Contact us for more info.
We operate a bare bones employment support service aimed at reaching those that don't normally get this type of support.
Why have us working to support your staff?
- You care about your crew. We see that the smartest thing is done by them.
- You want your teams being efficient and focused. Getting caught up in a staff member's life is quite draining and likely not your area of expertise.
- You want a company culture that works. We support your staff to come up with the words to address any issues. It only takes one toxic employee to take down a small to medium-sized business and your other employees are the ones most likely to pick this up.
- Cost is a factor.We are an entry level employee care service and are able to price ourselves this way. If your staff need specialized support (budgeting, addictions...) we see they are engaged with the right services in the community, most of which are free for them to use. Our job is to make sure they know their options and see that you have done all that you can do.
- We are good. Our staff are well trained and know our community well. We have had a particular focus on men for 10 years and have seen over 5,000 men in that period who give us rave reviews. We also provide care for women with this service and many of our staff/contractors are women.
- We check in with your staff once per year. Caring for your staff can get lost in the rush of other projects. We see that this is scheduled in for you and them in the way that you think will work with your crew.
- If the "bomb" hits you've got someone to call. We are those people you can get in when a staff member behaves in a way that affects the team or a significant site incident occurs.
It is normal for us to also support women with this part of our service. Contact us if you want to know more by phoning our CEO, Donald Pettitt 021 02502631 or writing email@example.com.
Comments from Men
Comments from Men
The counsellor was extremely helpful and non-judgmental.Carl
I enjoy the after hours availability.Jenz
An extremely supportive group for when a crisis comes about.Wayne
I’m really benefiting from the service in particular the style in which my counselor uses, however I do miss the wild-berry tea that was once served as a beverage option. My sessions have not quite been the same.Hemi
Trainee Counsellor, Person Centered, Narrative Therapy
My name is Andrew or Andy, and I’m a third year Counselling degree student at Laidlaw College.
Prior to starting my training, I spent 28 years working in IT, ending up designing software.
I’m married with two adult sons who live in Brisbane and Auckland. I’m a bit of a music fanatic listening from everything from ambient to heavy metal, and there always has to be music on somewhere in the house…..
My training is in Person Centred and Narrative Therapies in terms of counselling models, and I’ve done some basic Cognitive Therapy work too. I have experience in going through a career change and am aware of how difficult that is.
I also work with primary and intermediate aged children at a local school, so I see a lot of different life experiences come through the counselling room
A quote that means a lot to me personally comes from a science fiction show called Fringe, but for me sums something of my view of counselling, and of my own experience:
“You can keep waiting for somebody else to define you, to give you your place in the world, or you can decide that you’re not just somebody’s broken puppet anymore.”
Counsellor, Person Centred, Dip. Couns., NZACI am a person who loves exploring and learning new things, demonstrated by my varied work background that includes experience in science, sales, music and health. I love getting out in the outdoors and enjoy tramping, kayaking, cycling and rolling these all together with my love of photography wherever possible. I am currently in training as a person-centred counsellor with interests in childhood trauma, stress, anxiety, depression and relationship problems.
Counsellor, Person Centred, Dip. Counselling
Simply, I want to see people become all that they can be, including having awesome relationships and living a full life.
But sometimes it is hard to look at who you have been, the things that have been done to you by others, and the ways you might be able to grow.
Sometimes that journey is better taken with another, supportive, caring, non-judgmental individual.
If I can be that person for you then I’m keen to get started.
I am married and we have two young sons.
Some things that turn my head: Triumph Motorcycles, well planted veggie gardens, vintage fighter air craft, community development initiatives, pizza ovens, books with swords on the covers, music played with passion, steam trains, forests, people doing really well at being themselves.
Some areas of therapeutic interest: people, relationships, masculinity, addiction, purpose, anxiety, anger, depression, children, spirituality.
David BennettDavid Bennett is an experienced coach who enjoys coaching people who want to find a way to live a more purposeful, fulfilling, and joyful life.
Specialising in evidence-based, solution-focused coaching, he draws on a variety of coaching theories and models to apply scientific rigour to what makes people thrive and excel. An advocate of positive psychology, David’s approach is respectfully challenging, motivational and geared towards supporting people to flourish and realise their potential.
He has worked in the UK, Spain, Brazil, Chile, and Australia; and in large organisations including KPMG Brazil, London Underground, Downer and Balfour Beatty, and has firsthand understanding of the intricacies of working with different national and management cultures.
David has lived in Christchurch since 1996 and is currently living in Lyttelton with his partner Robin.
David has a Masters in Coaching Psychology, is an accredited Realise2 Strengths practitioner, trained ACT behavioural change coach, and is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Bachelor of Social Services – Specializing in Counselling – Otago Polytechnic Diploma Life Coaching – New Zealand institute of Business StudiesGareth was born and raised in New Zealand and even though he has had the opportunity to travel around the world, he is still lucky enough to call New Zealand his home.
Gareth is a proud husband and family man with a natural ability (along with a couple of tertiary qualifications) of communicating, working with and helping people through some of life’s biggest challenges.
Studying down in Otago, Gareth has gained a good understanding about human development, what makes us tick and how we can construct the lives we want.
Gareth’s work is solution focused, and his absolute passion is meeting new people, getting to know them and working with them to achieve positive results.
When you don’t see Gareth working you can find him spending time with family, socialising with friends, fishing, watching all kinds of sports and you might even the odd occasion find him still on the basketball court.
Along with Gareth’s positive nature, he can be described as easy going, understanding and has the ability to make conversations with just about anyone.
“I personally believe that everyone has the ability within themselves to make those all important changes in their life. My passion is to work with people and help them achieve the results that they want”
Counsellor for Individual, Couple, Parenting, and Counsellor Supervisor
Don has an M.Ed. degree in counselling and
Don has connections with the Men and Father’s groups that has spanned thirty years. He has led the Caring Father’s Support Group and the Step Parents Support Group.
Don is married to Olive and treasures their five children and many grandchildren. HE values and respects people and finds that bridges built during counselling enrich his life, as well as those seeking help.
Interests: His interests are family life, Chaplaincy, fishing, music, swimming, rugby, cricket, travel and movies.
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Counsellor, B. Couns. , MNZCCA, AshburtonMy work is informed by my training in person-centred practice where I offer a safe, non-judgmental place, journeying alongside men and women who are distressed by life’s events and supporting them in their quest for wholeness. I understand our uniqueness of being where often our deeper parts are alienated but through the healing process becoming fully integrated as ‘mind’, ‘body’, and ‘spirit’, a wholeness that brings vibrancy and life. I work with ‘Body Process’ in a Gestalt sense, being curious around the psycho-somatic connection.
I also work with couples specialising in emotionally focused couples therapy (EFT).
Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist Trainee. Member of NZTAA
I am a professional and trustworthy individual who offers a safe supportive space for individuals. Working together with individuals in a relational and co-creative way is my style. I enjoy working alongside a variety of individuals and like to hold a “You’re okay, I’m okay” space.
I am a current member of NZTAA and I am part-way to achieving a certification in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. I have worked in the health and well-being industry since 2002 specialising as a therapeutic massage therapist.
Trainee Counsellor, Dip in Person Centered CounsellingI am committed to providing a safe professional space where my clients can unpack their experiences and enhance their awareness of all areas of life.
I offer a neutral platform where clients can problem solve and set personal and professional goals. I have worked with anxiety, depression, PTSD, TBI, grief and many other issues my clients have brought to their sessions.
Masters of Counselling (Hons), Counsellor, Therapist, NZAC
My name is Katrin Richter. Originally of German
Within my counselling I combine Solution-Focused-Brief-Therapy with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. These approaches strongly resonate with me as they are future orientated, practical, based on logic and empowering. Within this framework I believe that change can be achieved more readily through working on possibilities and solutions than dwelling on problems.
When feeling upset, stressed, lonely, anxious, or depressed it can be difficult to know how best to talk about these issues. It is important to me to provide a warm, caring, confidential and non-judgmental atmosphere. I will listen carefully, explore my client’s goals, values and what really matters to them. I feel useful when I can help my clients move towards a rich, full and meaningful life that they want to lead.
Counsellor, Person Centred, Dip. Couns., NZAC
I have been counselling here at the Canterbury Men’s Centre since November 2011. I’m Indian by birth, Kiwi by nationality and international through experience. In a previous life, I’ve had twenty plus years of marketing and sales experience, nine of these years in Dubai. The time I spent abroad exposed me to interesting cultural experiences throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the C.I.S (After the breakup of the U.S.S.R) South East Asia and the Far East.
For the last ten years in New Zealand, I’ve been involved in the Mental Health and AOD sector. This diversity of experiences has consolidated my awareness and learning that life is to be celebrated. As a counsellor, I’m privileged to be a part of that process. So come visit and share your experiences with us and have a laugh, because as a wise man once said “Laughter is the key to heaven”.
Counsellor, Person Centred, Bachelors of Counselling, Provisional Registration DAPAANZMy name is Michael Graham Hill. My Parents are both from Dunedin. Further back I am of English and Scotts decent. I identify New Zealand, and the South Island specifically as the home I share with Tangata whenua and all the peoples who have chosen to stand here now.
My counseling training has been in Person Centered, Rogerian Therapy. I am no stranger to the hurt and frustration that addictive dysfunction can cause. I am also aware of the impact anger and violence can have within a family. I know how those expressing anger can be isolated and find change beyond their reach. I come to the Canterbury Men’s Center with heart felt empathy for those desperately seeking a way forward.
The Anxiety of Life can be overwhelming and we feel desperate. In Counseling boundaries can be reevaluated and healthy attachment practiced. Basic trust is strengthened. I am humbled every time I experience the courage of men in Counseling. I am a grateful Counselor to be witness to and supportive of positive change in men.
Counsellor, Person Centred, Dip. Couns., NZAC
My name is Phil and I am a 60`s child. I combine my time between being a tradesman and counselling at the Canterbury Men`s Centre. I have completed the Diploma in Counselling at C.P.I.T. and have had 2 years training experience at the Gestalt Institute in Christchurch. My interests include camping, fishing, just about any sport, just about any music and this wonderful country Aotearoa.
I have been a volunteer mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters, coached rugby, basketball and managed to be a dad at the same time to two wonderful individuals.
My first step into volunteer work began with an organisation that supported families. They adopted a strengths-based philosophy which focusses on what we do well as opposed to what we don’t. In times of
Dip. Counselling, Student Bachelor in Counselling
Rob LeesRobert is a Transition Coach. He helps clients who are going through the changing and challenging stages of life, we all have these moments on our life’s journey. These moments are turning points that offer the chance to decide who you are and what you are capable of. From these turning points, and with coaching your goals and aspiration can be reassessed, clarity of a vision and achievement of your goals becomes an empowering adventure.
The focus in coaching is about you and your goals, the coach’s role is to ask a question, listening to bring clarity, and being non-judgmental. A partnership that provides a place to be you and provides support on a journey of discovery.
Robert brings many years of working experience in varied roles, from factory worker to builder, sales professional to a business owner. And, of course, my personal life journey where I have earned a PhD from the University of Life. In 2007 he completed a Diploma of Holistic Life Coaching, continuing on in a training role and contractor as a life coach to a government department. He recently completed certificates in Breakthrough and Abundance coaching.
Currently has Associate Coaching Level Certification with ANZCAL and operates within their Code of conduct. Away from coaching Robert’s interest are the outdoors, fishing, camping, building projects, cooking and travel
Dip Gestalt Therapy, MNZAC, PBANZ - Registered PsychotherapistRegistered Psychotherapist – Dip Gestalt Psychotherapy, MNZAC, PBANZ, GANZ.
Originally from France, I have been living in beautiful Aotearoa for 16 years now. I love New Zealand’s natural environment, which I keep exploring mainly through tramping. I feel grateful to be here and priviledged to be working for the community.
I offer psychotherapy and counselling for individuals and couples. My aim is to support you on your journey to empowerment, response-ability, choice-fullness and engaging with life harmoniously.
The aim of Gestalt Psychotherapy is to raise self-awareness so as to empower you to make creative adjustments in you life and better choices for yourself. I enjoy working with adults of all ages and cultures. I have a particular interest in relationships, trauma and abuse. I am bi-lingual and can work in English and French.
Masters of Education (Counselling), Hons. Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Teaching and LearningMy name is Sue Williamson. I am a born and bred Cantabrian and have always enjoyed working with people. I currently work within the health sector and as a counsellor, both part-time. My approach to counselling has been informed by my academic training, working experience, and of course my personal life journey, which often has the most to teach us. I have had the privilege of working with a wide variety of people within all my workplaces.
My training and counselling experience utilises components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT). Both therapies focus on meaningful, useful change to help clients achieve their goals, whatever they may be. I work within the context of the client’s personal values, and what is important to them.
I have worked with a variety of clients experiencing issues such as anxiety, depression, stress and grief. I am also interested in working with people’s view of “self” as a concept. I believe the way in which we view ourselves has a significant impact on our lives, particularly in the areas of communication and relationships.
The decision to engage in counselling is a brave and important one, though some might find it awkward or uncomfortable at first. I make sure to offer a safe and respectful environment alongside an ethical and professional service.
Trainee Counsellor, Master of Counselling at The University of CanterburyI am currently studying a Master of Counselling at The University of Canterbury. I work in a Person-Centred and Solution-Focused framework, alongside Motivational Interviewing techniques. I have worked for the past 3 years as a carer and I have a background in Psychology. I have also worked in the drug and alcohol field as well as facilitating Anxiety Support groups through MHAPS (peer-support).
Social Anxiety is an area I have a strong passion for but other areas of interest include: health, anxiety disorders (in general), trauma, relationship issues, career aspirations and grief. I have a particular interest in helping men as I feel at times they can be “left behind” in the health system. I also think services could be tailored to suit males better. On a personal level I have an interest in the outdoors/fishing, cooking, music and travel.
Contact the Canterbury Men's Centre
+64 3 365 9000
+64 22 302 4966