Counselling for Men

We make it easy for Christchurch and Ashburton men to get the support they need to make the most of their lives. Book a Counselling Session at the Canterbury Men’s Centre.  

Counsellors

We encourage you to just contact us to figure out the best place for you to get support. We aren’t here to “sell” you counselling; but have it on hand if that is the solution you need. 

Our staff are a mix of men and women. All have a high regard for men and expertise in working with them.

 

Couples Counselling

We have a number of counsellors, men and women, that provide couples counselling. 

Please contact us and we will make arrangements about this. 

A Diverse Crew

We care for lots of different men and couples. At a cultural level we have counsellors from many nations and walks of life.  Similar numbers of men and women.

Most importantly, in our first meeting, once we get to know you and your goals, we can suggest counsellors most relevant to you.

 

How we work:

We do a first meeting with you aiming to figure out what you want in a counsellor, and see if there is anything else you want/ need to do to accomplish your goals. 

We are not trying to sell you counselling at all and will tell you honestly the options we know that are available and what you might want to try.

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Hours

Contact us 9-5, Mon-Fri for a first appointment. That first appt can be after 5 pm for a fee. Ongoing counselling available 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Weekend times also available.

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Waiting List

We can normally see the man within the first week or so of contact depending on his availability.

Where

Our main office for counselling is 21 Marshland Rd, Christchurch. We also provide a counselling service from rooms in Kaiapoi and Ashburton.

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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.

Weekends & 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.

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Studylink

We support you to work through the process if you are eligible.

Pricing

We are a charity and committed to supporting you. Our fees are suggested prices and we do give free counselling as well. It is common in private practices for fees to range from $80 to $160.

Pricing for Couples Counselling

We charge $80 to $120 based on your capacity to pay. For more info, see the bottom of this page or just contact us.

Bank Account

Our Bank Account for direct deposits is: 02 0800 0923575 000

Price Scale

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.

Counsellors

Trish Willis

Trish Willis

B.A. (Psych), P.G. Dip. Heal. Sc., Approved ACC Sensitive Claims Provider, Provisional Member Registered with NZAC

Feeling stuck and unable to gain traction on an issue you are wanting to solve? We all experience life issues of some kind to varying degrees. Counselling is a resource which may just get you unstuck.

Safe, productive and genuine conversations are at the heart of counselling. 

My approach is unconditional positive regard and to share tools and knowledge to apply to your situation. We will identify your personal strengths to heal, support and move forward.

I am committed to supporting the voice of men, individually and collectively.

I have worked with men from all walks of life and I’m particularly interested in hearing from men who have experienced criminal justice processes.

Some of the areas we may work on together are trauma, anxiety, anger, frustration, stress, addiction, sadness and loss, relationships, identity, confidence, purpose and meaning.

ACC Sensitive Claims Approved.  

ACC Sensitive Claims Counseling, One-on-one Counselling

Mata Samatua

Mata Samatua

Dip. Couns , Provisional Member, Registered with NZAC

Mata was born in Rarotonga and raised in New Zealand. She has devoted her earlier life into raising her two children into adulthood. 

Now after working on her own personal challenges. Mata is committed to supporting her counselling clients on their own journey of self-discovery and healing. 

Mata works principally from the framework of the Person Centred modality while also incorporating techniques from Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Solution focus in her support of clients with depression, anxiety, anger management, abuse and family issues.

Mata works with a wide range of client across all ages and ethnicities. When she is not working, Mata is focused on her extended family and is an active member of her local Toast Masters Club.

One-on-One Counselling

 

Ian Gall

Ian Gall

Dip Counselling, Cert Breathwork. Pending NZAC

Counsellor, Builder, Transformational breath therapist
I live near the beach with my partner and step son, two cats and four chickens. I enjoy surfing and cooking.
Mind, Body, Spirit, best describes my style of counselling. I have used my skills to help others for the past 20 years. My job as a counsellor is to help each client get in touch with their own inner resource or personal power and live from that place.

I utilise a variety of holistic and somatic methods to help clients achieve their goals. I work from an understanding that we create our life experience with our mind and our thoughts, often these thoughts are subconscious. By identifying and changing negative subconscious
thoughts, we can uplift ourselves and live happy, healthy, positive lives.
I am experienced with; Couples / relationship counselling, Parenting through separation challenges, Anger issues, Depression and bipolar disorder, Anxiety and stress management, Childhood trauma related problems, Addictions: drugs, alcohol, pornography

I am interested in developments and new understandings in counselling / psychology and like to utilise the latest techniques proven to be helpful.

 

One-on-One/  Couples Counselling

Mandy Pagett

Mandy Pagett

Provisional Member, Dip. Couns, Registered with NZAC

Mandy is a mother of two young adult children who has walked her own journey of recovery. She is now committed to journeying with her clients encouraging and supporting their growth and personal insight.
Specailising in the Person Centered modality Mandy also works with Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is seeking to learn A.C.T (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to support clients with depression and anxiety.
She works with a wide range of client and is currently working with clients ranging from 15 to 80 years of age.
When she is not working Mandy is focusing on her own family, loves to go for walks and indulges her passion for motor bikes.

One-on-One Counselling

Mel Rodricks

Mel Rodricks

Counsellor, Person Centred, Dip. Couns., Member Registered with 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”.

I have studied various modalities of counselling and psychotherapy. I am also a certified Neuro Linguistic and Neuro Semantic Practitioner. My experience has enabled me to develop an Integrated Style of counselling, with an Outcome Focused approach, specifically in couples counselling. I have successfully counselled hundreds of couples in their times of conflict.

My core belief is that all relationships have situations, which due to a lack of communication coalesce into ‘Problems’. My focus is to help You’ll identify what each of you wants in your relating to each other and then facilitate Conflict Resolution strategies to enable You’ll to attain your goals.

I also focus on the neuro-psychotherapy of the brain; enabling couples to understand how to change from ‘Reacting’ to ‘Responding’. This helps retrain the brain against thinking and reacting improperly to any negative cognition or triggers that may present in your future. It would be my privilege to accompany you on your journey to peace and love.

One-on-One/ Couples Counselling

 

Katrin Richter

Katrin Richter

Masters of Counselling (Hons), Counsellor, Therapist, Provisional Member, Registered with NZAC

lMy name is Katrin Richter. Originally of German descent I have lived within New Zealand for over 10 years. Although I initially worked as a qualified engineer, then later as a marketing manager, I have always cared about the people around me. This interest in people led me to work as a counsellor at Lifeline and then the Christchurch Women’s Centre. I studied for further three years and completed my Masters of Counselling at the University of Canterbury.

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.

One-on-One Counseling

 

Raesha Ismail

Raesha Ismail

Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning, Affiliate Member NZAC

Raesha graduated with her Masters of Counselling with Distinction in 2020. She first started at Canterbury Men’s Centre as a student intern in March 2018. 

She is trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and integrates her practice with Internal Family Systems. Her approach allows clients to meet their best hopes for coming to therapy and overcome past experiences that may be holding them back from living the life they want. 

Raesha has a passion for culturally responsive counselling. 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.

One-on-One Counselling

Ian Crosson

Ian Crosson

Counsellor, B. Couns. , MNZCCA, Ashburton

My 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).

One-on-One/ Couples Counselling in Ashburton

 

Tim Robinson

Tim Robinson

MCouns MSc Psych, PGDip HealSc (Behaviour Change), Provisional Member, Registered with NZAC

I am working as a Counsellor while also completing masters research at The University of Canterbury. I work in a Person-Centred and Solution-Focused framework, alongside Motivational Interviewing techniques. I have a thorough understanding of Psychology through my academic pursuits.

I have worked in the drug and alcohol field as well as facilitating Anxiety Support groups through MHAPS (peer-support). I’ve also previously worked as a carer.

Social Anxiety is an area I have a strong passion for; 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 think services could be tailored to suit males better, a focus of my research.

On a personal level I have an interest in the outdoors/fishing, cooking, music and travel.

One-on-One Counselling

 

Noeline Allan

Noeline Allan

Dip Counselling Dip Bus, currently reactivating NZAC Full Membership

Noeline is a mother of two adult children and three grandsons.   Passionate about community she has spent her adult life working for a number of community organisation at various levels. Noeline believes that the lessons learnt in these role supports her counselling work giving her a depth of understanding about people experiencing life’s challenges.

Noeline brings to her role as Service Manager at the CMC the experienced gained from 12 years as a counsellor. Her formal training focused principally on the Person Centred modality however, she supports her work with some Solution Focus Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Narrative Therapy. “I believes it is important to match the counselling style to suit the client’s individual needs’, says Noeline.

While Noeline coordinates most of our intake work, she also provides counselling to limited numbers of clients.

One-on-One Counselling

 

Alice Stevens

Alice Stevens

Bachelor of Counselling, Provisional Member, Registered with NZAC

Alice is passionate about helping people to reach their full potential in life. Her past experience lies in the creative field, and she believes that creativity can offer a new way of viewing the problems we face; therefore, she brings this through into her counselling work. Alongside of this, Alice is compassionate and creates a safe, non-judgemental environment where people can feel accepted and heard.

 Alice uses a strengths-based narrative approach alongside of a person-centred modality, both of these methods used together can meet the person where they are at, as well as draw on each person’s unique strengths in order to bring them to a place of healing and growth.

One-on-One Counselling

 

Luisa Ramos

Luisa Ramos

BSc (Psychology), Master of Counselling

My aim is to help each individual function at his best. I offer a safe place for him to express self freely and to illuminate his own thoughts  and feelings along with his inner power.
My therapy style is rooted in Existentialism, Person Centered Approach and SFBT and I offer short term or long term therapy.

The therapeutic process might help individual to develop lasting tools/strategies to overcome his concerning issues at the present time or issues he may encounter in the future. It also might facilitate the journey of awakening self ability to feel, to heal and to grow,  so he may be able to experience a more meaningful and enjoyable life. 

One-on-One Counselling

 

Hamish Webb

Hamish Webb

Dip. Counselling | Dip. Coaching | Provisional Member NZAC

I make digital films, I’m an online marketer, a counsellor, a coach, but most importantly I’m a dad and husband!

I have been married for 23 years and I feel that learning counselling has helped me not only in marriage but in all the other areas of my life.

In counselling, we are often exploring difficult areas of your life and I believe it is important to develop a high degree of trust between us.  I help build a safe therapeutic environment by giving you unconditional positive regard which is just fancy words for  “I’m on your side”.

I specialize in a variety of areas including relationships, family, crisis, suicide, depression, addiction, anxiety, and abortion.

I use a combination of therapy styles, which is often called an eclectic approach, to see what best fits for you.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective methods that exist today and seems a popular choice for many.

So that is a little bit about me and how I work. If you feel like that will work for you then the next step would be to book an appointment.

One-on-One Counselling

 

William Walmsley (Will)

Registered AOD Practitioner and Counsellor (Dapaanz)

 

Will grew up in New Brighton and attended school there. Life changed for him when
his mother died during his teenage years. This tipped him into a roller coaster of
depression and eventually drug dependency. At age 30 a significant life event
changed Will’s world view and his focus became supporting others. This has led to
his becoming a youth worker then an adult educator (Christchurch College of
education) and later a group facilitator.
Today Will is a clinical manager working within a custodial space and is passionate
about helping men to make meaningful change in their lives and realising their
potential. He brings to his counselling work at the Canterbury Men’s Centre his own
lived experience of mental health and addiction along with twenty seven years of life
and work experience.

Having a love of travel Will has journeyed extensively through Europe and also
worked in the UK. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys spending time with his
two boys

One-on-One Counselling

 

Mark Seek

Mark Seek

Dapaanz Standard Member

 

Mark is an eclectic counsellor/resilient Coach who is combining his work at the
Canterbury Men’s Centre with his own private practice. Mark embraces tools
from various modalities however his particular strength is in Person Centred
and other humanist modalities. Mark considers Te Whare Tapa Wha as a
significant model of wellbeing and practices this daily.
Mark’s has over a decade in the Alcohol/Drug and mental health fields. He has
also worked in a residential alcohol and drug treatment facilities and was
instrumental in introducing Art therapy/Drug Replacement Therapy at Hawkes
Bay Regional Prison. During his career he has spent time in both New Zealand
and U.S. These experiences have exposed Mark to many different cultures
enabling him to quickly build rapport, thus gaining positive therapeutic
outcomes.
Mark is a skilled communicator and experienced at delivering individual as well
as group-based therapeutic and educational sessions. He is passionate about
teaching resilience especially to men and supporting them to live their best
life. On weekends he can be found working in his garage building his beloved
Indian Motorcycle.

One-on-One Counselling

 

Matt Shirtcliff

Matt Shirtcliff

Student Counsellor

 

With more wrinkles on his brow than there are free biscuits in the waiting
room, Matthew combines his rich life experience with his Master of
Counselling studies, for a therapy style that’s practical, positive, and grounded
in techniques that are proven to work.

A mix of Solution Focused and Person-Centred Therapies may sound
scary if you’ve never set foot in his counselling room, but here’s what it means
for you in a nutshell:
 You’ll be heard, with empathy, respect and a highly professional
standard of care and confidentiality. You won’t be judged.
 You’ll be encouraged to do lots of the talking, while he listens to your
story carefully, asking questions that could help.
 You won’t get totally bogged down in the problem… when it’s more
useful to focus on the solution.
 You’ll look at small changes that could make a big difference, rather
than trying to change everything overnight.

With six young adult children between him and his partner, Matthew
understands the rewards and challenges of parenting and family life. Having
worked in the corporate world for 30 years and owned and run his own
business, he can identify with the issues of stress, and maintaining a work/life
balance.

Matthew is interested in all aspects of men’s mental health. He has
facilitated a number of workshops for farmers and rural communities, and has
a particular passion for suicide prevention. He’s also worked as an ad writer,
TV narrator, stand-up comedian and poet, landscape gardener, and the
world’s least successful dessert maker, which make for a diverse collection of
life experiences to draw on creatively.
For his own wellbeing, he loves Canterbury’s magnificent outdoors, and is
a keen tramper, mountain-biker, runner and dog walker.

One-on-One Counselling

 

Pretty Brown

Pretty Brown

Student Counsellor

Pretty is in her second year of training in the Bachelor of Counselling course at Laidlaw College. The focus of her work is a combination of  Person Centred and Narrative modalities. Her passion is to offer hope via her practice. She has had to learn this from her own life experiences and now wishes to share this with others.

Growing up in Zambia, Pretty immigrated to New Zealand as a twenty year old. She is now very active in supporting those in the migrant community and expects to do this as a special part of her work at the CMC.

Pretty brings to her counselling work a lifetime of experience which includes raising her four children as a widow. When she has some time for herself you can usually find her curled up with a good book.

One-on-One Counselling

 

Matthew Button

Matthew Button

M.Sc. Psychology, Dip. Youth Work, Student Counsellor

Matthew is currently completing his Bachelor in Social Services in Counselling through Otago Polytech. He brings to this work an enormous skill base developed in working with young people along with his own life and academic experiences.

He describes his counselling approach as relational and person-centred. He seeks to come together with his clients in a way that supports them to move closer to being the person they are seeking to be.

One-on-One Counselling

 

Donne McKelvey

Donne McKelvey

Student Counsellor,<br /> Dip in Nursing,<br /> Advanced Dip in Nursing<br /> Diploma in Family and Child Health,<br /> Post Graduate Dip in Health and Science</p> <p>

 

Donne is in her 2nd year at Vison Collage completing her Batchelor in Counselling.

She is has a strong interest in family systems work building on her many years as a Plunket nurse and parenting group  leader. In addition she has a particular strength in working with people struggling with mental health challenges.

She is enjoying her work at the Men’s Centre supporting her clients to be great fathers and partners. Donne works from both a Person Centred and Cognitive perspective aligning with client needs at each session.

One-on-One Counselling

 

Emily Cathro

Emily Cathro

Student Counsellor

 

Emily has recently commenced student placement at the Canterbury Men’s Centre. Having lived on both Dunedin and Australia, Christchurch is now her home.

She is a second year student studying the Batchelor in counselling in the Person-Centred modality. Emily is passionate about helping people work through the challenges that they are facing. She works with a strong belief that all aspects of ourselves are interconnected – our mental health, our wairua (spirit), our physical health, our relationships and our belonging –Emily seeks to work with the whole person believing that mental health is just one part of a picture of health! She is particularly interested in somatic illness/ the power of the mind to affect our bodies.

Emily, seeks to create a safe, non-judgemental space for her clients to enable them to reach within. She works with them to find solutions that align with their own values and to achieve a richer understanding of themselves and their capabilities.

When she is not working, she is learning to surf, or she is cooking, op-shopping, biking and drinking cups of tea with loved ones.

One-on-One Counselling

 

Greg Healey

Greg Healey

Counsellor

I moved to Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2017, to be with my Kiwi partner, and lived in Auckland for two years before settling in her home town, Ōtautahi/Christchurch.

I was awarded an M.Sc. In the Psychology of Human Potential by Liverpool John Moore’s University in 1996 and developed my interest in how we relate to significant people in our lives, so, I followed this training as a relationship counsellor with Relate UK where I worked for 20 years until I moved to Aotearoa.

 I have experience with supporting autistic clients and their relationship partners. I an experienced provider of Couple Therapy for Depression with the Tavistock Institute London.

I have 30 years’ experience as a Science teacher in the UK and Sweden and I am a proud grandfather. I offer couple and individual counselling.

One-on-One Counselling

 

Samantha (Sam) Hide

Samantha (Sam) Hide

Student Counsellor End year Bachelor of Counselling

Samantha is currently completing the Batchelor of Counselling at Vision Collage.

She brings to her work a safe, non-judgemental, and accepting space for clients to be heard and connect with their inner self. Samantha believes this is necessary for the client to facilitating healing and growth. Working from the person-centred approach, Samantha aims to provide the core conditions (empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence) to honour her client’s experience, enhancing their well-being.

A mother of three she understands the demands of juggling many commitments and the pressure that life brings. She seeks to walk alongside her clients to support them in their journey, at whatever stage they are at.

One-on-One Counselling

 

Book a counselling session

Couples Counselling

We hope that any woman approaching us understands that we also care about their well being. At the same time, it’s reassuring to men to have good reason to believe they will also be treated with understanding in the counselling process. We do this well.
We charge $80-$120- based on your capacity to pay. Just contact us and we’ll set things up. To get things going give us a call at 03 365 9000 during normal business hours, write to counsellor@canmen.org.nz or use the form below.

Comments from Men

This place has changed my life and so pleased I’ve found this place.

Jenz

40 years old

You guys rock. Very helpful and instrumental in helping to save me in my darkest hour.

Carl

21 years old

An extremely supportive group for when a crisis comes about.

Wayne

52 years old

Get in Touch with the Canterbury Men's Centre

We would love to hear from you. Send us a message today.

21 Marshland Rd, Shirley, Christchurch

Call Us: 03 365 9000 | or Text Us: 022 302 4966 (SMS only)

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