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.  


Do you need counselling?
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.

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. 

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. We have several life coaches. Just contact us for more info.

Feedback from Men

What they say about the Canterbury Men’s Centre and our amazing team of counsellors?

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.



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.


Waiting List

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


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


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.



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


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.


Katrin Richter

Katrin Richter

Masters of Counselling (Hons), Counsellor, Therapist, NZAC

My 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.


Mel Rodricks

Mel Rodricks

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”.

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.


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).


Sophie Toutain

Sophie Toutain

Registered 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 privileged 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 your 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.

Sophie also offers couples counselling. She is passionate about supporting people to access their own wisdom and resources, in order to build up their confidence and self-worth.


Don Rowlands

Don Rowlands

Counsellor for Individual, Couple, Parenting, and Counsellor Supervisor

Don has an M.Ed. degree in counselling and twenty-five years experience with a family centre; a workplace agency and private practice. He has training in mental health and addictions issues and is a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.

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.

Don 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.


Tim Robinson

Tim Robinson

Counsellor, Registered Provisional member with NZAC, Master of Counselling, Master of Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Behaviour Change).

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.


Kathy Davison

Kathy Davison

Counsellor, Dip in Person Centered Counselling

I 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.


Trish Willis

Trish Willis


Trish values the opportunity to hear your life’s experience and challenges in a respectful, confidential setting. She is grounded in a solution-focused, strengths-based approach, with a belief that you are your own best expert. She is passionate about working in an environment established to support men. 

Her background involves a working alongside men from all walks of life and has a particular interest in hearing from men who have experienced justice processes.


Alice Stevens

Alice Stevens

Trainee in Person Centered Counselling

I am originally from Invercargill and have been living in Christchurch for 10 years. My husband and I love this beautiful city, and have recently purchased our first home so we are here to stay.

I am currently studying counselling at Laidlaw College. The counsellor training at Laidlaw has its foundations in the person-centered modality as well as incorporating a narrative approach. As a counsellor my hopes are to create a safe space, where a therapeutic relationship can be formed through trust, being authentic, and meeting my clients where they are at.

My previous training is in Graphic Design, which is more similar to counselling than some expect. Everyone is unique and different; I love to come alongside people, communicate authentically and without judgement, to support them to achieve their greatest outcomes.


Cate Walton

Cate Walton

NZRN, Plunket Cert, Dip Teach (ECE), MN, Provisional Member, NZAC

I am a provisional member of the NZAC. I am trained in solution-focused counselling and I work with all people and the reasons that brought them to counselling.  I particularly enjoy working with couples.

I work with issues that include grief, gender issues (LBGTQAI), adjusting to health challenges and difficult life histories. I have a background in attachment and in working with life trauma. My focus is on supporting clients to, despite their past difficulties, work to create a life that feels meaningful and fulfilling.

Sue Williamson

Sue Williamson

Masters of Education (Counselling), Hons. Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Teaching and Learning

My 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.


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 or use the form below.

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. We have several life coaches. Just contact us for more info.

Cost: Our fees are negotiable and based on the capacity of men to pay. Honestly. Contact us for more info.

Comments from Men

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


40 years old

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


21 years old

An extremely supportive group for when a crisis comes about.


52 years old

Get in Touch with the Canterbury Men's Centre

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21 Marshland Rd, Shirley, Christchurch

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

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