Counselling for Men
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.
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.
WINZ Disability Allowance
Weekends & Evenings
Pricing for Couples Counselling
We charge $80 to $180 based on your capacity to pay. For more info, see the bottom of this page or just contact us.
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.
Here with Canterbury Men’s Center we have a few different options to help support you to receive the help you need.
Standard Fees are based on clients overall Household Weekly Net income;
Your Gross Income$0 to $600/week
Your Gross Income$601 to 800/week
Your Gross Income$801 to $1,000/week
Your Gross Income$1,000 to $1,500
Your Gross Income$1,500+
Your Gross Income$0 to $600/week
Your Gross Income$601 to 800/week
Your Gross Income$801 to $1,000/week
Your Gross Income$1,000 to $1,500
Your Gross Income$1,500+
If you are not working and on WINZ, we can help you apply for a Counselling supplement. This will cover your full counselling sessions. We will process your WINZ application for you once all forms are filled out and signed by your doctor. Talk to CMC staff for more information.
For students, there is also a Disability Allowance with StudyLink that can be claimed for counselling.
If the client is struggling financially we can look at other arrangements with management to cater for special cases, like cheaper rates to see a senior student counsellor.
We require 24hrs notice for all cancellations of booked counselling sessions. If you cancel on the day, you will still have to pay for your session. Your counsellor may dismiss the charge if it was an emergency.
Discontinuation of Service
We reserve the right to cancel and refuse service if clients are misusing counselling services. That may include failure to pay, minimal or non-engagement with the counsellor, and not communicating with CMC staff with cancelling etc. Any issues will be communicated.
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 & Couples Counselling
Bachelor of Honours (Psychology) P.G.Dip Counselling
Mike is currently completing his Master of Counselling and has many years of therapeutic practice.
He focuses on Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with a foundation built
around person centredness. He has worked in the criminal justice system as well as the alcohol and
drug field and has a passion for sport and health psychology. Outside of work, Mike takes care of his
two children and is a keen triathlete. He loves the outdoors and loves to help all people succeed with
“I am amazed at the strengths and potential that people have. The best part of my job is seeing
people realise that they have those ingredients and then use them to create the best possible version
Dip Counselling, Enrolled Nurse
Eugene emigrated from Northern Ireland to New Zealand fourteen years ago, he says, “it was the weather that convinced me”. Eugene spent much of his working life as a Psychiatric Nurse then retrained to become a counsellor. He is a real people person who enjoys meeting and talking with a variety of people whether it’s at the Farmers Markets or in the counselling room.
Emerging from his work in Mental Health Eugene has an ongoing passion and curiosity for working with the human condition. Originally, he worked with an Analytical approach to his work, however this has now evolved to embrace the Person-Centered approach developed by Carl Rodgers. Eugene believes the client is the “expert” on themselves. He sees that it is his role to help the client to understand what that means for them.
During his counselling training Eugene undertook his placement hours at the Men’s Centre. Since then, he has counselled in Schools and the Prison and has now returned to the Men’s Centre. In addition, he has worked with the Intellectually Disabled, CYFS, Oranga Tamariki, Drug & Alcohol Services and troubled adolescents. He brings all this experience with him to the counselling room.
Eugene has also experienced his own life issues which include separation after a long-term relationship and a heart attack. He knows what it is like to make major life changes which have included stopping smoking, and diet change. He is also the proud father of two adult daughters.
Eugene says he is aware that, “today more and more guys are reaching out and asking for help. Which in my world is unbelievably awesome, so if you are one of them, come to the Canterbury Men’s Centre. We are there for you.”
Dip Counselling PMNZAC
Phil describes himself as a “60`s child who was born and raised in Christchurch” He I loves camping, fishing, sports and music of any kind. In his early life Phil was a “tradie”, working in the agricultural sector along with being a stay at home dad.
It was Phil’s own experience of mental health that led him to study and train as counsellor in his late forties. He graduated in Person-Centered Counselling in 2011\12. Initially He worked at the Men`s Centre on a volunteer then left to be a Family counsellor in North Canterbury in 2017. He has now returned to the Men’s Center one day a week (currently).
Phil also operates a private practice in North Canterbury. He says he has an eclectic way of working with people, using tools such as acceptance-commitment therapy, solution focus therapy and Gestalt among others. It is Phil’s belief that no one therapy works for everyone therefore he has a wide range of tools to draw on. He enjoys working with clients living with depression, suicide thoughts, loss and grief, anxiety, relationships issues and more.
Mai i te Kopae ki te Urupu, tatou ako tonu ai.
From the cradle to the grave, we are forever learning.
Counsellor, Person Centred, Dip. Couns., Member Registered with NZAC
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
Masters of Counselling (Hons), Counsellor, Therapist, Provisional Member, Registered with NZAC
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.
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.
Counsellor, B. Couns. , MNZCCA, Ashburton
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
Bachelor of Counselling
She is widely travelled having worked in the UK, Canada and Australia. Her love of travel has also taken her to different parts of Europe and Asia. Petra believes that immersing herself in different cultures has influenced her world view and developed an ability to interact well with peoples of all cultures.
Petra has worked in the social services field for many years this includes working with special needs children in residential care, mental health and at risk families and youth.
The Person Centred modality underpins Petra’s counselling work, however she also utilizes techniques from EFT, Schema Therapy, CBT, SFBT and Narrative Therapy in order to best support the individual needs of her clients.
In her spare time Petra enjoys curling up with a good book, doing yoga, hiking, camping, snowboarding, and enjoying the outdoors.
Dip Counselling Dip Bus, NZAC Full Membership
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.
Bachelor of Counselling, Provisional Member, Registered with NZAC
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.
BSc (Psychology), Master of Counselling
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.
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 & Couples Counselling
William Walmsley (Will)
Registered AOD Practitioner and Counsellor (Dapaanz)
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
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
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.
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.
M.Sc. Psychology, Dip. Youth Work
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.
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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.
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.
Barry has a varied career which includes working with street kids in Christchurch, the commercial forestry sector, river bank restoration, testing for the New Zealand Aids Foundation and now counselling. My training is in person centred counselling where I walk alongside you through your times of difficulty helping you to better understand yourself. I have three adult children, have been through separation and divorce, and came out later in life. I am a great fan of mens groups where men support men to be better men, co-founded a gay mens group and co-facilitate the Mensline support group held at the Mens centre. My interests seem to be heading toward working with grief and trauma, and helping men through those challenging change times in life.
Tēnā koe ko Chris taku ingoa. Chris is in his 2nd year at Vision Collage completing his Bachelor in Counselling. As a self-diagnosed adult with ADHD, Chris brings a wealth compassion and understanding to his counselling practice.
A committed father and husband, who with his wife has fostered several children, Chris has an understanding of the difficulties families face, both with the systems within which people work, and the realities of parenting through challenging times. Chris has a long standing compassion and desire to support those who are seeking something more, and has worked in drug and alcohol rehab with young people, as well as a significant period of time overseas living and working with disadvantaged families. The desire to work with men, to build mana and find hope is central to his worldview. Chris is person centred in his approach to counselling, working with people, and at their speed.
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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 email@example.com or use the form below.
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