HEALTH & Wellbeing

Professional counselling offers the ideal environment to explore feelings of anxiety, low mood or distress.

Health & Wellbeing

The 2016/17 New Zealand Health Survey reveals that 1 in 6 New Zealanders have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder at some time in their lives including depression and anxiety.  These kinds of mood related problems are the third leading cause of health loss in New Zealand.


While you may have had help from your GP or a Mental Health specialist, Professional Counselling also offers a non judgmental space to draw out your story, help you relieve pent up emotions and explore feelings of anxiety, low mood or distress.


Key Areas of help

  • Counselling for mood related issues such as depression and anxiety
  • Explore the impact of traumatic events
  • Self discovery and awareness
  • Women's  health and well being such as body image  - menopause - change of life stage

Further Learning

The mental health service provides a free medical service to anyone with an acute mental health problem and if you are concerned about your self or a family member in immediate danger of harming or endangering themselves please call
0800 277 977

Mental health foundation quick facts
Anxiety Tips

Mental Health Foundation of new zealand
Health Promotion Agency

Tears are God's gift to us, holy water healing as they flow.

- Rita Schiano, Live a flourishing life.

Want to know more?

If you have questions about counselling or want to know more, please contact Sue McCoy.

About Counselling

Well-being is a complete integration of mind, body and soul and when there is a struggle going on it can be difficult to work out which part or parts of us are causing the problem.  Counselling is primarily about surfacing perceptions, beliefs and behaviours so the client can understand themselves better.

What to Expect

When approaching counselling especially for the first time and/or meeting a new counsellor it is possible that you will be nervous. Talking about personal issues is challenging and people can have strong emotions and physical feelings particularly just prior to the first session. Discover some pointers to try and help with this.


There are lots of questions that you may be asking yourself prior to counselling.

How can I prepare myself for counselling?

What can I do to help with the nerves?

Can I bring a support person?

What if I’’m nervous about going to my appointment?


Your session cost will be confirmed with you prior to counselling (or at the first session) and payable prior to or at each session via cash, online banking or bank deposit. In some cases sessions will be shorter or longer but generally the same fee is charged.


I am passionate about my work and proud of the qualifications I have achieved.  In addition to this and the annual training that is important for this role, I have seen the value of counselling first hand. This is in my own journey as a child to parents now deceased, a marriage partner, as Mum to two children (now in their twenties) and as a friend and a colleague in the workplace. This is the professional and personal base from which I offer counselling.


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