LIfe Coaching

The Canterbury Men’s Centre also offers Life Coaching.
If you are taking a goal focus toward life this could be the service you need.


Our fees are negotiable and based on the capacity of men to pay. Honestly. More info below. Special thanks to The Canterbury Community Trust for funding support to get this project going.

David Bennett

David Bennett

David 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).

Michael Winter

Michael Winter

I am semi retired from a career in education, having worked at all levels from primary to tertiary. Prior to working in education, I was a researcher in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. I have been involved in personal development for over 30 years, having trained in counselling and psychosynthesis (a form of psychotherapy). I have done volunteer work with Lifeline in Christchurch, and an organisation in Birmingham in the UK. I have also done mentoring work with adults and teenagers, including working with Project K – a programme designed to motivate under-achieving students. I am happy to work with people face-to-face, by phone or online.

I have long been interested in helping people achieve their potential and identify and reach their goals. In order to improve my ability to do this, I recently took a Diploma in Professional Coaching course at SIT – which I achieved in 2014. I am a member of the International Coach Federation, and work according to the Federation’s Code of Ethics.

I am aware of the impact that transitions (voluntary, such as changing career or moving countries; or involuntary, such as adjusting to life post quake) has on people, and enjoy working with people to help them make the most of the opportunities these transitions may offer. One of the most significant transitions for most people moving from work to ‘retirement’ – what Jane Fonda calls ‘Life’s Third Act’. We have increasing numbers of folk making this transition to a post work period which may last for 2-3 decades. Many people are not well prepared for the change. Some organisations provide workshops that help people prepare financially for retirement, but the challenges are far wider than simply financial. They include having a sense of purpose, establishing social networks, deciding where to live etc. I am especially interested in working with people to support them to create a rich and satisfying ‘Third Age’.