The Grief Centre | Loss and Grief Support The Grief Centre

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We care about our communities.  We want to make sure everyone receives help that is useful and meaningful to them by making counselling affordable.

We engage in an affordability conversation with each new client to set a fee for counselling. No-one is turned away. If you are on a low income or benefit you may be eligible for WINZ-funded or grant funded counselling. We can provide information on how to access this.

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Our counsellors

Karen Lupe Ilinanoa - MNZACNZ Diploma of Psychosynthesis CounsellingNZ Diploma of Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy
Karen Lupe Ilinanoa


NZ Diploma of Psychosynthesis Counselling

NZ Diploma of Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy

Karen completed her training in counselling and psychotherapy with the Psychosynthesis Institute. She works empathically across a spectrum of issues, including loss and grief, bereavement, loss of a significant relationship e.g divorce, injury-related loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, existential distress relating to one's spirituality and cultural issues.

Karen is trained in Jungian dream work. Her focus is on creating a safe, warm counselling space to work collaboratively with clients on their own unique healing journeys towards health, fulfilment and well-being.  

Karen is available: Online and Phone

Jacqui has eight years of experience working with rangatahi, rainbow communities and whānau. She studied a Diploma of Counselling and is a Member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.

Jacqui brings a warmth, realness and deeply empathetic energy to her practice. She takes a holistic, person-centred, strengths-based approach when working with people and holds a person's knowledge of themselves at the forefront of their therapeutic relationship.

Jacqui is the mother of one teenage daughter and lives on the North Shore of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, where she enjoys spending time with friends/whānau, immersing herself in nature and enjoying coffee at some of her local cafes.

Jacqui is available: Online and Orewa

Jacqui Ivankovich - MNZACDiploma Counselling
Jacqui Ivankovich


Diploma Counselling

Matthew Flynn - MNZACLLB / Post Graduate Diploma Counselling
Matthew Flynn


LLB / Post Graduate Diploma Counselling

Matthew comes to counselling from a wide and varied background in law, community involvement and working with young people. He has travelled extensively and brings to counselling a keen interest in the commonality of issues people of all ages and backgrounds experience though out their lives.

By listening, talking and sharing their experiences, clients can receive help and support to work towards regaining their lives after experiencing loss and grief. Matthew is able to meet clients during the day, but for those who prefer an evening, times after 5pm can be arranged in Birkenhead.

Matthew is available: Online, Phone, Birkenhead and Remuera

Trisha has worked with the Grief Centre since 2009.  Trisha uses person-centered counselling that is holistic and includes conversations relating to physical, emotional, social and spiritual areas.  During her life, she has lived in many countries and worked with a wide variety of nationalities and ages which enables her to establish rapport with people from all walks of life.

Trisha is an experienced loss and grief counsellor working with individuals, couples and families.  Her commitment is to provide ethical, confidential counselling with integrity, respect and compassion.  Overall, she works alongside clients companioning their journey forward through change and choice to towards resilience, inner wellbeing, joy and hope.

Trisha is available: Online, Phone and Orewa

Trisha McLean - MNZACMaster of Education in Counselling (1st Class Hons)Master of Applied Linguistics TESOLBachelor of Arts
Trisha McLean


Master of Education in Counselling (1st Class Hons)

Master of Applied Linguistics TESOL

Bachelor of Arts

Eunice Choi  - MNZACBachelor of CounsellingBachelor of Arts
Eunice Choi


Bachelor of Counselling

Bachelor of Arts

Eunice has a passion for supporting people’s efforts to overcome life challenges through professional and collaborative counselling practice. She works with adolescents and adults dealing with issues around anxiety, depression, cultural issues, loss and grief and trauma. As an Asian migrant herself, Eunice particularly desires to help migrants to settle and thrive with resilience and hope in New Zealand.

She has special interest in all areas of grief and trauma caused by losses. Her counselling approach is integrated based on person-centred and narrative therapy. She offers counselling in Korean and English. Eunice currently works for the Grief Centre and in private practice.

유니스 (최고운) 상담사는 전문적인 상담을 통해 삶의 어려움에 직면하신 분들이 심리적인 문제를 극복하는 일에 열정을 가지고 있습니다. 청소년과 성인의 불안, 우울감, 문화적인 문제, 상실감과 슬픔, 트라우마에 관해 상담하고 있습니다. 뉴질랜드로 이주하신 아시안들이 소망가운데 계획했던 미래를 성취할 수 있도록 도움을 드리고 싶어하며 특별히, 모든 분야의 슬픔과 상실로 인한 트라우마에 관한 상담에 깊은 관심을 가지고 있습니다. 상담기법은 내담자 중심과 이야기 치료를 바탕으로 다양한 방법을 통합하여 사용하며, 한국어와 영어로 가능합니다. 현재 그리프 센터에서 일하며 개인 상담을 함께 제공하고 있습니다. 

Eunice is available: Online and Phone

Barbara has worked in the field of loss and grief for over 30 years. After a career in Radiotherapy, she became an eclectic counsellor and specialised in loss and grief. She has worked in hospices with patients and their families. For 3 years she was employed in the Coroner’s Office, caring for parents who experienced cot death. This was not only a support role but was also part of a team from University of Auckland medical school researching sudden unexplained death of infants. She also had the pleasure of becoming a counselling tutor and taught local and international students counselling skills. 

Barbara has worked with children when delivering the “Seasons for Growth” program in local schools. This is a very gentle way to encourage children to assimilate their individual grief and loss journey to the everchanging seasons of the year.  Allowing people to share their story in a safe and warm environment, can be a helpful part of their grief journey.

Barbara is available: Online, Phone, Manukau and Highland Park

Barbara Wright - MNZAC
Barbara Wright


Coralie Gibson - MNZACProfessional SupervisorPGDIP Narrative Counselling
Coralie Gibson


Professional Supervisor

PGDIP Narrative Counselling

Coralie is a registered Counsellor with NZAC and holds a Post-grad diploma in Narrative Counselling. Coralie takes a person-centered and strength-focused approach. Coralie brings 30+ years of experience working in the health care profession being a Nurse and a Midwife. She enjoys working alongside all people and considers it a privilege to journey with people through their loss and grief.

Coralie offers clinical supervision to professionals and offers a supportive and nourishing experience so you can continue to work safely, ethically and look after yourself.

Coralie is available: Online, Phone and Birkenhead

Graham is a registered psychotherapist with a master’s degree in psychotherapy from AUT University in Auckland.  His early experience was at Auckland Sexual Health but for the last 10 years he has been focusing on supporting clients from Hospice. Working with individuals and/or families, he brings a caring and empathic approach to those who are experiencing grief and loss through bereavement. 

The grief associated with end of life can be devastating; it may lead one to question what life is all about and to re-evaluate one’s values and core beliefs.  The opportunity to explore this grief in a warm, safe, non-judgmental environment is often the first step towards healing and rebuilding one’s life.

Graham is available: Online, phone and Titirangi

Graham J. Southwell - Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ)Member of New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)Master of Psychotherapy (Hons)Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Studies
Graham J. Southwell

Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ)

Member of New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)

Master of Psychotherapy (Hons)

Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Studies

Nola Forsyth - MNZACMSW (A) HonsRegistered CelebrantMANZATSAMCANZProfessional Supervisor
Nola Forsyth


MSW (A) Hons

Registered Celebrant



Professional Supervisor

Nola has worked in social services and counselling for many years and is a trained Professional Supervisor. She now provides Supervision only. Nola has managed a team of counselling staff, along with counselling students and researchers and has counselled a very wide range of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.  

Nola has a breadth of experience in individual, couples, family and group work, including counselling for loss and grief, relationship issues, depression and anxiety, eating issues, sexually harmful behaviour, domestic violence, and employee assistance. She is warm, empathetic, safe, ethical and client centered.  

Nola is available: Online, Phone, Birkenhead and Remuera

Diane has 16 years experience as a counsellor specialising in loss and grief, and trauma.  She is a person-centered counsellor and integrates other modalities such as art and sand tray to suit each clients needs. She also works as a counsellor in Pukekohe, working with clients of all ages and ethnicities, and works with Victim Support there.

Loss and grief is a personal journey that affects us all in different ways and sometimes, in ways we do not expect. Being able to tell our story in a safe environment can help us accept our new way of being, and gain an understanding of the way we feel. Diane recognises that each person’s story is different and that we are affected by grief in different ways.  She honours that with compassion, empathy and respect. She also understands the importance of working within each persons culture and belief system. 

Diane is available: Online, Phone and Whangarei

Diane Collins - MNZACAssociate Member of Te Rarawa
Diane Collins


Associate Member of Te Rarawa

Jacqueline Pritchard - PGDipED (Counselling and Guidance)B.CounsMNZCMBACInternational Member ACA
Jacqueline Pritchard

PGDipED (Counselling and Guidance)




International Member ACA

Jacqui’s counselling approach is integrative, flexible and diverse and each person is treated as the unique individual that they are. Her practice is underpinned by an empathic and non-judgmental approach as she works alongside individuals in a gentle and caring manner.  Jacqui is dedicated to working with people in achieving their goals; making sense of their life experiences and rewriting their life stories into something that has meaning and value. Jacqui works with a diverse range of clients, from all walks of life, including adults (any age), adolescents, new parents (postnatal distress), and immigrants. She has extensive experience in online counselling, digital mental health, working with young people, suicide, and bereavement and loss counselling.

Jacqui is passionate about helping others to fully engage in the possibilities of their lives and being witness to someone’s transformation through the counselling process is both fulfilling and rewarding.  She works in a non-judgmental way that allows her clients to be truly open to explore their situation and she believes that we are all able to solve our own problems and overcome our difficulties but at times we need help and support to achieve this. Jacqui considers herself to be flexible and open minded and she enjoys the process of challenging her own ideas and concepts about life.

Jacqui is available: Online, Phone

Diane worked for eight years as a Lifeline counsellor, and three years with the Antara Natural Health Centre, as well as being in private practice. Diane has a passion in holding a safe space to facilitate greater insights into thoughts, behaviours and emotions which cause suffering.  She is an experienced loss and grief counsellor.

Diane has seven children and has been a foster parent for many years.  Diane has also gone through the Russian adoption process.  She has been a passionate teacher of the Montessori Method for many years and has her own Centre supporting both children and parents.  

Diane is available: Online only

Diane Giles - Diploma Counselling, Teaching ECE, LMCCertificate Transactional Analysis Counselling, Applied Grief Studies, Applied Dreamwork, Group Leadership and FacilitationNZQA Lifeline Trained Counsellor
Diane Giles

Diploma Counselling, Teaching ECE, LMC

Certificate Transactional Analysis Counselling, Applied Grief Studies, Applied Dreamwork, Group Leadership and Facilitation

NZQA Lifeline Trained Counsellor

Monica Barnett-Harris - MNZACDiploma in Counselling SupervisionPost Graduate Diploma in Counselling and CoachingBachelor of Social Science (Psychology)Masters in Global Marketing
Monica Barnett-Harris


Diploma in Counselling Supervision

Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Coaching

Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

Masters in Global Marketing

Monica has 18 years general counselling experience in 4 countries as well as having worked in corporate for a number of years. Special interest areas are Autism (ASD), Grief, Couples, 11-25 yrs, and Cross Cultural Issues. Using a Person-Centered or Integrative approach of counselling, Monica meets every client where they are in their journey by providing a safe confidential space to explore what the you bring to each session.

Self nurture and self kindness are an integral part of looking after yourself while we explore what it is that brings you to counselling. Monica will help you explore tools and techniques that meet your individual needs to help you between sessions and for personal navigation of future challenging situations.

Monica is available: Online, Phone and Birkenhead

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