1 Mill Road, Regent, Whangarei (corner Mill Road and Deveron St)


In counselling you are helped to explore your difficulties and concerns, and to develop more satisfying and resourceful ways of living.

A counsellor can help you to:

  • Reduce your stress
  • Improve your relationships
  • Develop your sense of well-being (self-esteem, spirituality)
  • Plan and set goals
  • Develop coping skills

All of our Counsellors are fully trained and are members of the NZCCA and/or NZAC.

Their ethics ensure they:

  • Are trustworthy
  • Respect your confidentiality
  • Listen to you carefully and sensitively
  • Support you in making the changes you choose to make

Counselling can be face to face, or via phone or video conferencing.

Please discuss the costs of counselling at the time of making an appointment. We are here to help you.

Short courses

We offer short courses for self development and education.

These are advertised from time to time and you can request to be notified, preferably by email.

Meet our counsellors

Lyn Hutchinson

Dip. Counselling; Cert. Supervision; MNZCCA; MNZAC
Individuals, Supervision



Person-centred counselling underpins my practice however I work eclectically using therapeutic models according to clients' needs, and that which best builds the counselling relationship for individual clients. My key areas of work are depression, anxiety, grief and self esteem. I have a special interest in working with young women’s issues.
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Joyce Beehre
Counselling Co-ordinator

Dip. Counselling; Cert. Supervision; MNZCCA
Whangarei & Dargaville
Individuals, Couples, Supervision


I am the Counselling Co-ordinator at Anglican Care. My client’s ages range from the elderly to young people. I enjoy working with couples, as well as individual clients. Mild to moderate depression, in both male and female clients, would be the primary issue for the majority of clients I see. I also have an interest in grief work, and I hold a certificate in supervision. I am foundationally a person-centered counsellor, but have an eclectic way of working with other modalities.
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Sally Shepherd

B. Counselling (WelTec); Cert.Supervision; MNZAC
Individuals, Couples, Supervision

I enjoy working with couples and individuals from a range of ages - adolescents to senior citizens. I work integratively, mainly using mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral person-centered, narrative modalities and using Imago Therapy when working with couples. My therapy interests and specialisations are the treatment of phobia, depression, anxiety, PTSD, self concept, grief, abuse, anger, communication, employee assistance, stress and relationship issues. I am a certificated Clinical Supervisor and an ACC sensitive claims counsellor.
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Carol Tolley

Grad. Dip. Counselling; MNZAC
One Tree Point
Individuals, Couples, Children, Teenagers, Families

I enjoy working with children, youth, women and their families, individually and in groups. I use a range of modalities in response to client needs; including RET, transactional analysis, narrative therapy, family therapies, interactive drawing therapy, and creative and play therapies with children. I work with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, historic abuse, concerns with children’s behaviour and other family stresses, family violence and relationship difficulties.
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Jennie Gill

B. Counselling; Certified IMAGO Therapist; Certified Forest Therapy Guide; MNZCCA
Individuals, Couples

(Unavailable for counselling at present)

I like to journey alongside people in a manner that supports a collaborative approach to the issues that are brought to counselling. I believe in approaching life challenges from a strength's based perspective. My areas of interest are personal identity, self-esteem, life transitions, grief, loss, anxiety, depression and anger, as well as interpersonal/couple relationships, boundaries and communication. I have a special interest in supporting those who have experienced the trauma of relationship betrayal. Seeing clients emerge from their current challenges with a renewed sense of self, confidence and resources to draw from is my hope.
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Sharon Ackers

B. Counselling (Bethlehem Tertiary Institute); MNZAC
Individuals, Couples, Children, Teenagers

I enjoy working with people of all ages, including children, young people and couples, to address a variety of issues. These issues include the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of the individuals involved. I encourage the search for their own strengths; these are often hidden beneath the problems they may be facing. I use a range of counselling methods including person-centered, narrative and cognitive, and I enjoy using the arts and creativity.
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Sue Dickson

Dip. Counselling; MNZCCA
Whangarei & One Tree Point
Individuals, Children, Teenagers

I love working with adults and children, to support and encourage them on their journey of self-discovery and empowerment. I am passionate about helping people to be the best they can be. I have been counselling since 2012 and for the last five years I have worked with children in eight different primary schools. Issues I have worked with are anxiety, depression, trauma and many different life situations. I use a person-centered approach as well as a variety of different approaches such as solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, and interactive drawing therapy. I provide a safe, non-judgmental approach within a professional and positive environment.
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Ryan Beehre

B. Counselling (NMIT); MNZCCA
Whangarei & Dargaville
Individuals, Teenagers, Couples

Building a meaningful therapeutic relationship is key in my counselling practice. The foundations of my counselling approach stem from person centered and solution focused therapies. Previously I worked for two years with male survivors of sexual abuse at Nelson’s “Male Room”. I welcome working with all types of issues and look forward to my new professional life in Whangarei. Outside of my counselling practice I am an enthusiastic musician, avid reader and love fishing.
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Christel Jeffs
Trainee Counsellor


I am in my 3rd year of a Bachelor of Counselling at the Manukau Institute of Technology. My hope for every client is that they will feel seen, heard, and empowered through the telling of their stories. As a trainee counsellor I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the team at Anglican Care. My main counselling approach is person-centered, with an interest in narrative and creative therapies.
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