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Client Information – before you choose a counsellor

Seeking help can feel hard. Connecting with someone you don’t know for support can be a big step. Read through the information on this website and the links on this page in particular so you know more before selecting a counsellor to work with.

To know more about P.A.T.H.S. Counselling Partners goto Counselling Partners
To know more about counselling per se goto Counselling Services

It is our hope that you can link in with someone and receive the support you need. You can link directly with a counsellor on this weblist, or you can call 0800 728 47 or email chrissie@postabortionpaths.org.nz to share what is happening for you and discuss options e.g. Skype counselling, private Facebook Group, other supports.

  • When you choose a counsellor, you will engage with that counsellor in their own private practice. All PCPs are independent professional counsellors, or allied professionals, so all negotiations and aspects of your needs can be discussed with your counsellor.

  • PCPs are independent counsellors who charge fees for their service. If the fee is difficult for you do check to see if the PCP will negotiate a lesser fee. In some cases of hardship or if you have a Community Services Card, you can apply to WINZ (Work and Income New Zealand) for Disability Allowance for Counselling and may receive assistance. The forms for this are available from your doctor, and have to be signed by your doctor and the counsellor you are working with.

  • You may or may not have had counselling before. If you have your previous experiences may colour how you feel reaching out for help now. If you haven’t had counselling before then this can feel like a huge step. Talk about how you are feeling about coming for counselling with your counsellor.

  • This weblist provides information about the location of different counsellors, their professional affiliation and a bit about them, contact details, availability of counselling or Skype support and fees.

Note: P.A.T.H.S. does not take responsibility for the choice of counsellor you make or the PCP’s practice. However, we do welcome feedback on your experience. Download Feedback Form. This helps us maintain a standard of service and improve our services.

Counsellor Locations


Raewyn Stedman

Registered psychotherapist, with the PBANZ. Currently in the process of joining NZAP

I am trained in both person centred counselling and Gestalt psychotherapy and have a background in heath as well as a wide life experience. The counselling I offer is informed by the various trainings I have undergone and is grounded in lived experience. My approach is holistic, attending to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well- being. I endeavour to walk alongside my client, with warmth, non- judgementally and to negotiate with them how we are to work together. My client is the expert in their own lives, experience, and choices and I respect that.

Work location: Roseneath, Dunedin
Phone: 022 109 9763
Email: raewyn.stedman@actrix.co.nz
Website: www.facebook.com/RaewynStedmanHealth
Skype counselling available: Yes
Fees: Usual fee $80 for a 50 minute session. Negotiable depending on ability to pay and as needed.


Chrissie Burrow


I have a holistic approach to counselling, taking into account the whole person – spirit, soul and body, and will use a variety of therapeutic approaches according to your needs.

Work location: Bank Street, Timaru
Phone: 020 40780 5139
Email: cornerstone.caring4u@gmail.com
Skype counselling available: Yes
Fees: Negotiable.


Carolina Gnad

Dip Couns, (MNZAC) Dip Nurs, Dip Rel Stud, Dip NFP Mngmen, Cert Superv

Each person is unique with their own knowing. My role is to listen and support your process as you share your story, explore your experience and find your meaning in it. I am there to journey alongside you. I respect the dignity and worth of all people and appreciate our shared humanity. I adopt a holistic view of a person and of healing.

My counselling approach is primarily Person Centred, with an eclectic mix of Narrative, CBT, Psychotherapy, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.

I have 20 years experience counselling people with recent or past abortion experiences.

Work location: Hoon Hay, Christchurch
Phone: 021 299 1716
Email: carolina@dawnings.co.nz
Website: www.dawnings.co.nz
Skype counselling available: No
Fees: $60 negotiable for P.A.T.H.S clients.

Jocelyn Chapman


I offer the safe, empathetic, non-judgmental approach of Person-Centred Counselling, CBT and Creative therapies, to empower clients to work through the challenges in their lives, at their own pace.

I have 5 years experience working with adults and youth with a wide range of issues.

Work location: Central City, Christchurch
Phone: 021 995 610
Email: jocelynchapmancounselling@gmail.com
Skype counselling available: No
Fees: $60 negotiable.


Lynda Chisholm


My approach is primarily client centred. I will respect your beliefs, values and views, and cultural differences, and you can be assured of a non-judgemental listening ear. Through the counselling process I can offer you hope and encouragement to deal with your issues and help you to make any changes you would like in your life.

Work location: Newlands, Wellington
Phone: 021 234 8759
Email: lynda@lyndachisholm.nz
Website: www.lyndachisholm.nz
Skype counselling available: Yes
Fees: $50 – negotiable.


Karen Hart


I am a school guidance counsellor and an ACC counsellor for sensitive claims. Most of my work is based around mindfulness and trauma healing but I have an eclectic approach to fit with many different client needs. I have mostly worked with youth but am happy to see anyone.

Work location: Karamu High and Directions Youth Health Centre, Napier
Phone: 021 206 5939
Email: mzhart@xtra.co.nz
Skype counselling available: No
Fees: $40 or koha.


Dawn de Witt

Registered Psychologist (Affiliation T/F)

I trained in Counselling Psychology. As a NZ Registered Psychologist, my practice falls within the Code of Ethics for Psychologists. My approach is informed by a Rogerian perspective; a Metaframeworks approach to working with families; attachment theory, including Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, the neuroscience of trauma

Broadly my work aims to increase client empowerment by increasing knowledge, skills, support and safety to deal with life’s challenges.

My approach is based on the beliefs that
  • people do the very best they can in life yet sometimes come up against things that constrain them; and
  • that people can find their own answers to their issues.
Together, clients and I identify what they’d like to achieve in counselling – and my role is to work collaboratively with them towards achieving their goals.

My experience of post abortion recovery includes involvement with Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats, co-facilitation of Jenny McDermid’s Living in Colour Peer Support Programme and co-ordination of Project Rachel in the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton.

I look forward to implementing the P.A.T.H.S programme.

Work location: Bethlehem Psychological Services, 13 Elder Lane, Bethlehem, Tauranga 3110
Phone: 021 021 28255
Email: d.dewitt@xtra.co.nz
Skype counselling available: No
Fees: $100 per clinical hour (negotiable only in case of post abortion issues).


Jane Chester

NZCCA (2793), dapaanz (169)

Clinical supervisor , counsellor and celebrant.

Approach is Client Centred with the use of different Modalities. IDT, Reality Therapy, CBT,

12 Step Discovery - Empowerment - Celebration.

Special interests: addiction, grief, post abortion, group facilitation, migration, spiritual growth and, creative therapies.

Work location: North Shore, Auckland
Phone: 027 447 8965
Skype counselling available: Yes
Fees: Sliding scale - negotiable.

Denise Kuek


I use a client-centred approach and integrate into sessions elements from a number of other approaches.
I also use action methods, drawing and writing.

Work location: Highland Park Community House, Auckland
Email: denisek@awayforward.co.nz
Website: www.awayforward.co.nz
Phone: 021 296 1746
Skype counselling available: Yes
Fees: $60 - $80 (depending on income) for P.A.T.H.S. clients.

Val McCullough

Master of Counselling, Provisional member NZAC

My approach is eclectic and includes client centred, strengths-based therapies and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
These approaches are supported with sand tray, art therapy and symbol work.

Work location: Youthline Community Centre, 145 St George St, Papatoetoe
Phone: 021 221 7671
Email: valmcounsellor@gmail.com
Website: journeyscounselling.co.nz
Skype counselling available: No
Fees: $45 for P.A.T.H.S. clients.


Marina Young

Buttons Project – Towards healing from abortion

Through my own abortion experience and healing journey, I have a passion to help others in their journey and bring hope in their lives. To see the twinkle come back to their eyes and be restored.

I am the founder of the Buttons Project. I also have my National Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions and worked in the field for 7 years, plus I have done some community papers.

I still do some contract work with Skylight Trust, training facilitators for the Waves Bereaved by Suicide programme.

I have done Carolina’s PATHS training as well and have her manual for support groups. As well as facilitating the Living in Colour Post Abortion Recovery Programme.

Work location: Coopers Beach, Northland
Phone: 027 655 6325
Email: marina@buttonsproject.org
Website: www.buttonsproject.org
Skype counselling available: Yes
Fees: Donation to Buttons – we are a not-for-profit organisation and have a Charitable Status.

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