The Grief Centre | Loss and Grief Support The Grief Centre

 The Grief Centre office is closed from 12pm Friday 22 December, reopening Monday 08 Jan. 

New Zealand Phone: 0800 331 333

Our counsellors OLD


Our expert team are here to help you live through your loss

We have a wonderful team of highly qualified and compassionate grief counsellors onboard at the Grief Centre.

Our counsellors are listed below with the locations where they offer counselling. All of our counsellors also provide their therapy online.

Please call us on 0800 331 333 or email admin@griefcentre.org.nz to enquire.

Kaimahi kaitohutohu

Amy Benjamin
North Shore, Central Akld
Counselling

Averill Waters
Birkenhead
Supervision

Christine Murphy
Te Atatu South
Counselling

Coralie Gibson
Birkenhead
Counselling, Supervision

Dave Perryman
Lynfield
Counselling

Debbie Penlington 
Tauranga
Counselling

Diane Collins
Whangarei
Counselling, Supervision

Diane Giles
Warkworth
Counselling

Donald Rowlands
Christchurch
Counselling

Eunice Choi
Online only
Counselling

Graham Southwell
Titirangi
Counselling

Jacqui Ivankovich
Central Auckland
Counselling

Jacqueline Pritchard
North Auckland
Counselling

Jan Lee
Glenfield
Counselling, Supervision

Jennifer O'Flynn
Birkenhead
Counselling

Johann van den Berg
Birkenhead
Supervision

Julie Blakelock-Smith
Pukekohe
Counselling

Julia Sheikh
Central Auckland
Counselling

Aida Dehkhoda
North Shore
Counselling

David Finn
Central Auckland
Counselling

Matthew Flynn
North Shore, Central Akld
Counselling

Megan Hutchings
Papakura
Counselling

Monica Barnett-Harris
North Shore
Counselling

Rosalind Heathcote
Clyde/Central Otago
Counselling

Nola Forsyth
North Shore, Central Akld
Counselling, Supervision

Simran Lamba
South Auckland
Counselling

Sunny Lin
Online only
Counselling

Valentina Bargiacchi
New Lynn
Counselling

Viola Beintken
Howick
Counselling

Val Leveson
Birkenhead/Birkdale
Counselling

Seno Tuinukuafe
Birkenhead
Counselling

Karen Lupe
West Auckland
Counselling

Barbara Wright
South Auckland
Counselling





MNZACNZ Diploma of Psychosynthesis CounsellingNZ Diploma of Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy

MNZAC

NZ Diploma of Psychosynthesis Counselling

NZ Diploma of Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy

Karen Lupe Ilinanoa

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.  

Jacqui Ivankovich

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.

NZACDiploma Counselling

NZAC

Diploma Counselling

MNZACLLB / Post Graduate Diploma Counselling

MNZAC

LLB / Post Graduate Diploma Counselling

Matthew Flynn

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.

MNZACBachelor of CounsellingBachelor of Arts

MNZAC

Bachelor of Counselling

Bachelor of Arts

Eunice Choi

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. 

Graham J. Southwell

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.

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

Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ)

Member of New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)

Master of Psychotherapy (Hons)

Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Studies

MNZACProfessional SupervisorPGDIP Narrative Counselling

MNZAC

Professional Supervisor

PGDIP Narrative Counselling

Coralie Gibson

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.

Diane Collins

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. 

MNZACAssociate Member of Te Rarawa

MNZAC

Associate Member of Te Rarawa

MNZACMSW (A) HonsRegistered CelebrantMANZATSAMCANZProfessional Supervisor

MNZAC

MSW (A) Hons

Registered Celebrant

MANZATSA

MCANZ

Professional Supervisor

Nola Forsyth

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.  

Diane Giles

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.  

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

Diploma Counselling, Teaching ECE, LMC

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

NZQA Lifeline Trained Counsellor

PGDipED (Counselling and Guidance)B.CounsMNZCMBACInternational Member ACA

PGDipED (Counselling and Guidance)

B.Couns

MNZC

MBAC

International Member ACA

Jacqueline Pritchard

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.

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

MNZAC

Diploma in Counselling Supervision

Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Coaching

Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

Masters in Global Marketing

Monica Barnett-Harris

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.

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