Therapists in Christchurch

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Aleksandra Gosteva
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Christchurch 8011  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Alex is a New Zealand fully trained, Registered Occupational Health Psychologist. With her breadth of extensive training, research and internships, she has developed special interests in different areas of psychology. Alex's extensive training and experience allowed me to develop a commitment to excellence and appreciation of the vulnerability, diversity, and presentation of people. For her clients, her main assets are my approachable demeanour, emphasis on wellbeing, and straightforward appraisal of their unique needs and situation.
Alex is a New Zealand fully trained, Registered Occupational Health Psychologist. With her breadth of extensive training, research and internships, she has developed special interests in different areas of psychology. Alex's extensive training and experience allowed me to develop a commitment to excellence and appreciation of the vulnerability, diversity, and presentation of people. For her clients, her main assets are my approachable demeanour, emphasis on wellbeing, and straightforward appraisal of their unique needs and situation.
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Donna Steel Counselling
Counsellor, NZAC - Provisional
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Christchurch 8014
I believe that it's my job to create a warm inviting space for my clients, a space where you are able to feel safe and be able to talk about what is important for you while exploring what you may need. I work from a Strength-Based Person-Centered approach and at times may utilize other modalities such as CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), Narrative Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy, Trauma informed mindfulness, Art therapy using an Open Studio Therapy approach and Sand Tray Therapy. I also provide ACC Sensitive Claims Counselling.
I believe that it's my job to create a warm inviting space for my clients, a space where you are able to feel safe and be able to talk about what is important for you while exploring what you may need. I work from a Strength-Based Person-Centered approach and at times may utilize other modalities such as CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), Narrative Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy, Trauma informed mindfulness, Art therapy using an Open Studio Therapy approach and Sand Tray Therapy. I also provide ACC Sensitive Claims Counselling.
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Paul Letham-McGrath
Counsellor, MNZAC
Verified Verified
Christchurch 8023
I am a fully-qualified registered counsellor based in Christchurch, Rolleston, and online. I have 11 years of full-time private practice experience. My counselling style is warm, interactive, exploratory, and methodical.
I am a fully-qualified registered counsellor based in Christchurch, Rolleston, and online. I have 11 years of full-time private practice experience. My counselling style is warm, interactive, exploratory, and methodical.
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Madhu Munasinghe
Psychologist, MPsych
Verified Verified
Christchurch 8022
Are you or your child facing mental health difficulties like depression, mental breakdown, self-harm, anxiety, anger, trauma, relationship struggles, or self-esteem issues? With my expertise and evidence-based therapeutic techniques, I can provide the support you need to overcome these challenges and regain control of your life. From emotional regulation to trauma healing, I assess and address various psychological problems such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), support in the diagnosis process of ADHD and more. Through assessment and therapy, you'll discover the tools to improve your present and embrace a brighter future
Are you or your child facing mental health difficulties like depression, mental breakdown, self-harm, anxiety, anger, trauma, relationship struggles, or self-esteem issues? With my expertise and evidence-based therapeutic techniques, I can provide the support you need to overcome these challenges and regain control of your life. From emotional regulation to trauma healing, I assess and address various psychological problems such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), support in the diagnosis process of ADHD and more. Through assessment and therapy, you'll discover the tools to improve your present and embrace a brighter future
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Laura James
Counsellor, MCouns, MNZAC
Verified Verified
Christchurch 8023
Hi there, I'm Laura, registered counsellor for the past 14 years. I have worked with a variety of clients with an array of personal challenges with a special interest in working with families in addiction, trauma, grief, anxiety and depression. My focus is on facilitating and exploring with clients ways to develop their inner resource and cope with triggering situations, fostering therapeutic relationships and helping clients to achieve their goals and support long term wellbeing.
Hi there, I'm Laura, registered counsellor for the past 14 years. I have worked with a variety of clients with an array of personal challenges with a special interest in working with families in addiction, trauma, grief, anxiety and depression. My focus is on facilitating and exploring with clients ways to develop their inner resource and cope with triggering situations, fostering therapeutic relationships and helping clients to achieve their goals and support long term wellbeing.
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Julie Burgess-Manning
Psychologist, MSc
Verified Verified
Christchurch 8023
I am a family therapist and psychologist specialising in child, adolescent and family issues. I can also do couple work. I have worked in this area for more than 20 years. I also have specific skills in eating disorders, anxiety and depression, attachment and family relationships. I also offer supervision to both Mental health and other professionals.
I am a family therapist and psychologist specialising in child, adolescent and family issues. I can also do couple work. I have worked in this area for more than 20 years. I also have specific skills in eating disorders, anxiety and depression, attachment and family relationships. I also offer supervision to both Mental health and other professionals.
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Regina Webb
Counsellor
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Christchurch 8053
Do you find your thoughts overwhelming you? Are these thoughts constantly on your mind keeping you from living your life? Through life's obstacles and challenges, there is a story. You deserved to be heard for yourself or your relationship with your loved ones. Each journey with a client is unique. I am here to listen if you are experiencing anxiety, stress, anger or depression. When past traumas or present issues create road bumps in your life, I can work collaboratively to help you make sense of it all.
Do you find your thoughts overwhelming you? Are these thoughts constantly on your mind keeping you from living your life? Through life's obstacles and challenges, there is a story. You deserved to be heard for yourself or your relationship with your loved ones. Each journey with a client is unique. I am here to listen if you are experiencing anxiety, stress, anger or depression. When past traumas or present issues create road bumps in your life, I can work collaboratively to help you make sense of it all.
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Sammy Fee
Counsellor, NZCCA
Verified Verified
Christchurch 8053  (Online Only)
Kia ora, I'm Sammy, and I'd love to journey with you. I am trained in Narrative and Person-Centred modalities, and utilise strategies from a number of other approaches. My approach is warm and empathetic, where trust can be built. I offer a place free of judgement, meeting you where you are at.
Kia ora, I'm Sammy, and I'd love to journey with you. I am trained in Narrative and Person-Centred modalities, and utilise strategies from a number of other approaches. My approach is warm and empathetic, where trust can be built. I offer a place free of judgement, meeting you where you are at.
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Outcome Focused Therapy
Counsellor, MA, NZAC - Provisional
Verified Verified
Christchurch 8014
My unique expertise lies in helping clients live their preferred lives despite the obstacles and challenges they face. The energy of my work is focused on the description of clients aspirations, not an understanding of the clients problem. The focus of our session is directed toward what you want to achieve as opposed to what you want to leave behind. This is why it is highly valuable among individuals (adults, adolescents) couples, and groups
My unique expertise lies in helping clients live their preferred lives despite the obstacles and challenges they face. The energy of my work is focused on the description of clients aspirations, not an understanding of the clients problem. The focus of our session is directed toward what you want to achieve as opposed to what you want to leave behind. This is why it is highly valuable among individuals (adults, adolescents) couples, and groups
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Hamish Webb
Counsellor, NZAC - Provisional
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Christchurch 8053
Are you looking to make a change and be able to maintain it? Perhaps you are looking for support or a different perspective on things? Want to be able to improve your mood and/or communication? Want to have control over your anger and/or addiction? Want to be able to express love and communicate better? Getting personal Counselling and Coaching will make that difference.
Are you looking to make a change and be able to maintain it? Perhaps you are looking for support or a different perspective on things? Want to be able to improve your mood and/or communication? Want to have control over your anger and/or addiction? Want to be able to express love and communicate better? Getting personal Counselling and Coaching will make that difference.
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CBT.NZ
Counsellor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Christchurch 8011
Hi, I'm Sarah Grigg. I am an experienced and empathetic therapist with a health background. I have completed a postgraduate diploma in CBT at the University of Canterbury. As a registered Physiotherapist for the past 25 years, I have worked with diverse populations, including chronic health, disability, pain, anxiety and breathing issues. I provide therapy for adults, children adolescents, and their families, focusing on cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Hi, I'm Sarah Grigg. I am an experienced and empathetic therapist with a health background. I have completed a postgraduate diploma in CBT at the University of Canterbury. As a registered Physiotherapist for the past 25 years, I have worked with diverse populations, including chronic health, disability, pain, anxiety and breathing issues. I provide therapy for adults, children adolescents, and their families, focusing on cognitive-behavioral therapy.
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Toni Maree Kenyon
Counsellor, MNZAC
Verified Verified
Christchurch 8023
Kia ora, my name is Toni (ko Toni toku ingoa). I have been a counsellor for the past 12 years and early in my journey discovered my philosophy of counselling - "to be seen". What does that mean? For you to be seen in the room, authentically as you are, in a space free of judgment and assumption, for myself to be seen in the room as I am, and for that which is not yet known, to be seen. I worked for 10 years at Familial Trust supporting families/individual affected by addiction. I currently volunteer for FDS Aotearoa. I am also a qualified ACC counsellor working with survivors of sexual violence.
Kia ora, my name is Toni (ko Toni toku ingoa). I have been a counsellor for the past 12 years and early in my journey discovered my philosophy of counselling - "to be seen". What does that mean? For you to be seen in the room, authentically as you are, in a space free of judgment and assumption, for myself to be seen in the room as I am, and for that which is not yet known, to be seen. I worked for 10 years at Familial Trust supporting families/individual affected by addiction. I currently volunteer for FDS Aotearoa. I am also a qualified ACC counsellor working with survivors of sexual violence.
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Relational Trauma And Anxiety With Nuraishah Abdullah
MA
Verified Verified
Christchurch 8013
You have been questioning how you contributed to the relationship's breakdown. You noticed things like you couldn't sleep well and your weight was fluctuating, but you were just trying your best to salvage the relationship before it completed imploded. Now that it's over, you look your ex up on social media more often than you’d like to admit, you retrace your steps and visit old haunts you used to frequent together, and you have self-critical thoughts like, “Could I have done better?” You want to explore in therapy how your past experiences (like in childhood with your family) are currently impacting your life and relationships.
You have been questioning how you contributed to the relationship's breakdown. You noticed things like you couldn't sleep well and your weight was fluctuating, but you were just trying your best to salvage the relationship before it completed imploded. Now that it's over, you look your ex up on social media more often than you’d like to admit, you retrace your steps and visit old haunts you used to frequent together, and you have self-critical thoughts like, “Could I have done better?” You want to explore in therapy how your past experiences (like in childhood with your family) are currently impacting your life and relationships.
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Everwell Therapy
Counsellor, MA, MNZAC
Verified Verified
Christchurch 8023
I have provided therapy for children, teenagers, and adults with 25+ years of experience in schools, University, and specialist residential treatment agencies. I draw from a number of therapeutic modalities that enables me to provide psychological and counselling support for a broad range of concerns including mental health, mood and emotional regulation, disordered eating, complex trauma, and grief.
I have provided therapy for children, teenagers, and adults with 25+ years of experience in schools, University, and specialist residential treatment agencies. I draw from a number of therapeutic modalities that enables me to provide psychological and counselling support for a broad range of concerns including mental health, mood and emotional regulation, disordered eating, complex trauma, and grief.
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Kate Shanks
Counsellor, MCouns, MNZAC
Verified Verified
Christchurch 8014
For me, counselling is all about relationships. My aim is to provide a warm, non judgemental environment where your voice is heard and validated. I believe you are the expert in your own life and my role is to help you facilitate the change you are wanting. I utilise a strengths based, validating approach to my counselling.
For me, counselling is all about relationships. My aim is to provide a warm, non judgemental environment where your voice is heard and validated. I believe you are the expert in your own life and my role is to help you facilitate the change you are wanting. I utilise a strengths based, validating approach to my counselling.
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Tim Robinson - Counsellor- men's wellbeing/anxiety
Counsellor, MPsych, NZAC - Provisional
Verified Verified
Christchurch 8081  (Online Only)
I have a particular interest in anxiety, especially social anxiety. Other areas of interest include: grief, trauma, relationship issues, career aspirations/transitions, anxiety disorders (in general) and men's mental health. I feel at times men get left "behind" in the health system and do not utilise services as well as they could so I'm keen to promote support around men's mental health and have done academic research in this area.
I have a particular interest in anxiety, especially social anxiety. Other areas of interest include: grief, trauma, relationship issues, career aspirations/transitions, anxiety disorders (in general) and men's mental health. I feel at times men get left "behind" in the health system and do not utilise services as well as they could so I'm keen to promote support around men's mental health and have done academic research in this area.
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Talia Norriss
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Christchurch 8025
5/5/24 Space available! I enjoy working with people from a diverse set of backgrounds and ages. I believe that therapy can bring meaningful change for those I work with. You may be wondering if therapy is the right approach for you, and not know where to start or what to say. That is completely normal! I aim to create a safe space where we can explore what brings you to therapy. I provide a personalised flexible approach to help people get the most out of sessions, and offer practical tools that can be used in everyday life. I offer sessions outside business hours for those who need flexibility. Christchurch or Online.
5/5/24 Space available! I enjoy working with people from a diverse set of backgrounds and ages. I believe that therapy can bring meaningful change for those I work with. You may be wondering if therapy is the right approach for you, and not know where to start or what to say. That is completely normal! I aim to create a safe space where we can explore what brings you to therapy. I provide a personalised flexible approach to help people get the most out of sessions, and offer practical tools that can be used in everyday life. I offer sessions outside business hours for those who need flexibility. Christchurch or Online.
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Caroline Williams
Counsellor, MNZAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Christchurch 8011
We all experience difficulties in life which can either be current or have its origins in our past. I can support you to gain deeper insight, understanding and meaningful change with my engaging and upfront therapy style.I have an extensive background in both public and private psychology settings working with a vast array of issues from addiction, trauma to adult adhd and more. My passion is to create therapy which is accessible and personal .
We all experience difficulties in life which can either be current or have its origins in our past. I can support you to gain deeper insight, understanding and meaningful change with my engaging and upfront therapy style.I have an extensive background in both public and private psychology settings working with a vast array of issues from addiction, trauma to adult adhd and more. My passion is to create therapy which is accessible and personal .
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Gena Orpwood
Verified Verified
Christchurch 8061
As a counselor, my journey is intertwined with families, postnatal depression, anxiety, hoarding, and parenting challenges. I create safe spaces for families, fostering understanding. Specializing in postnatal issues, I empower mothers and families with tools to navigate this phase. Compassion guides my work with hoarding, offering decluttering solutions. I help parents navigate the complexities of modern life, nurturing strong family bonds. My commitment is unwavering, aiming for growth, resilience, and healing in every individual and family I serve.
As a counselor, my journey is intertwined with families, postnatal depression, anxiety, hoarding, and parenting challenges. I create safe spaces for families, fostering understanding. Specializing in postnatal issues, I empower mothers and families with tools to navigate this phase. Compassion guides my work with hoarding, offering decluttering solutions. I help parents navigate the complexities of modern life, nurturing strong family bonds. My commitment is unwavering, aiming for growth, resilience, and healing in every individual and family I serve.
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Heatherlea Counselling
Counsellor, NZAC - Provisional
Verified Verified
Christchurch 8023
Are you feeling stuck or uncertain about certain aspects of your life right now? Maybe it's challenging to get motivated in the mornings, or perhaps you have a sense that life could offer more. The idea of counseling can feel overwhelming, but this is an opportunity to take control of your narrative and shape your own story. Instead of viewing life as a rehearsal, consider embracing this moment to make meaningful changes. Even small steps toward your goals can lead to a more fulfilling existence and stronger connections with loved ones.
Are you feeling stuck or uncertain about certain aspects of your life right now? Maybe it's challenging to get motivated in the mornings, or perhaps you have a sense that life could offer more. The idea of counseling can feel overwhelming, but this is an opportunity to take control of your narrative and shape your own story. Instead of viewing life as a rehearsal, consider embracing this moment to make meaningful changes. Even small steps toward your goals can lead to a more fulfilling existence and stronger connections with loved ones.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Christchurch

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in Christchurch who prioritize treating:

84% Anxiety
76% Depression
70% Relationship Issues
70% Self Esteem
68% Stress
63% Trauma and PTSD
57% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

69% Southern Cross
44% Sovereign Health
44% AIA

How Counsellors in Christchurch see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Christchurch?

Search for nearby therapists or counsellors by inputting your city, postcode, or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or postcode into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

Psychologists listed in the directory are registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act). To be listed in the directory, psychotherapists must be registered through the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand. Counsellors listed in the directory should have a minimum training of NZQF 6 or higher, and many are registered with a professional body, such as the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).

Providers whose professional membership or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Given that professional memberships are not a statutory requirement for counsellors in New Zealand, certain qualified professionals or organisations may choose not to maintain such memberships despite possessing the necessary qualifications. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counsellor?

Psychologists, counsellors, and psychotherapists  can all provide counselling or talking therapy and have credentials and supervised, practical experience that enable them to do so in New Zealand.

Psychologists possess a minimum of a master's degree in Psychology and are registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board. Psychotherapists typically hold the equivalent of a Master's or Doctorate Degree in Psychotherapy, depending on their programme of study. Many psychotherapists have themselves undergone psychotherapy as part of their training. In order to be a member of NZAC, Counsellors must have a bachelor's or master's degree in Counselling and complete ongoing professional development and education.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, the cost of a therapy session in New Zealand could be between $100 and $200. If you have private insurance, your plan may cover some if not all of your sessions. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if they provide coverage for therapy sessions and to determine what, if any, requirements they might have in order for your sessions to be covered, such as a referral from your GP or medical specialist.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

If you are struggling to access therapy due to budget constraints, you could also consider public funded mental health services. To access these services you will need to be assessed and referred by your GP or family doctor. However, you will have limited choice regarding the specialist and the length of treatment that will be assigned to you. In addition, Community Mental Health and Addiction services are also available through your local District Health Board (DHB).

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your postcode.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Professionals registered with the Boards and/or who are members of professional organisations are obligated to uphold client confidentiality unless there is a legal reason that requires them to disclose information. Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship and only under specific circumstances, such as when there is the potential or known harm to the client or others, or a court order, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.