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.

A session for an individual is $85, and for a couple it is $120 (our costs include GST).  If this is an issue, please talk to us. There may be funding available, which can be accessed through your GP, or other means.  We are very happy to discuss further.

A session is one hour in length.

To enquire or book an appointment, please contact our friendly admin staff.  We may be able to book you an upcoming appointment, or we may have a wait list and will offer an appointment as spaces becomes available. 

 If you wish to choose a counsellor, please see their profiles below. 

Our Counsellors also run the following courses:

  • Boundaries
  • Changes that Heal
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Navigating Grief

Contact the Centre to find out about upcoming dates for these courses.

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. I am trained in EMDR.
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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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Emil Zahariev

M. REBT & CBT (Goldsmiths University of London); MNZCA (Provisional)

In my practice I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Rational-Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) and Solution Focused Approach. I tailor a personal therapeutic response to each individual client according to their specific individual needs. During my employment in the UK as a high intensity therapist for the National Health Service (NHS) I was delivering therapy to clients suffering from moderate to severe depression and anxiety. I work with clients that are 18 years and older. I am also registered with ACC, helping people with sensitive claims.
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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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