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Des Casey

Des Casey

Counsellor, Family Therapist, Life Coach, Supervisor

During Covid-19 counselling available by phone and online via Zoom.
I have been a counsellor (MNZAC) for 35 years. My work includes family therapy, relationship counselling, supervision and mediation. My training, people skills and wide experience provide an effective solution-oriented and empowering focus.
des casey counsellor & family therapist Nelson

Contact Des

P.  03 538 0766
M.  027 325 9894

Practice Locations

Hardy Street, Nelson

During Covid-19 counselling available by phone and online via Zoom.

Payment Options

Cash, cheque, or Internet Banking

Client Types

Adolescents, adults, couples, families, groups.


Areas of Special Interest

Relationships; family dynamics and issues; dispute resolution/mediation; depression; anxiety; anger issues; grief; self-esteem; parenting; abuse; unwelcome life changes; injury.


Counselling/Therapy Services

People can expect from me highly professional, confidential and skilled support to succeed in making the changes they desire. In this environment they can reflect on and talk through their concerns and their hopes for change, at the same time having new options open up before them, along with practical and meaningful ways of getting there. This latter addresses the central "how" of making changes. 

Counselling is often about clearing the decks, then moving towards new ways of doing things. I have a strong commitment to assist people in identifying and achieving preferred directions, thus improving their individual lives and relationships. 

My many years experience and training bring extensive knowledge and expertise in the field. My approach is practical and down to earth.


Counselling/Therapy Approach

I use a variety of counselling methods. By staying client-centred I attend carefully to what a person tells me about their experience and concerns, ensuring that I stay on track with what they want to be different. Through narrative therapy I listen closely to a person's story and what prevents them from gaining what they prefer. Together we construct new ways of thinking about and responding to difficulties. Through family therapy and systemic models I use interactional approaches, focusing on connections and relationships with other people, with life events and with historical influences. Cognitive-behavioural therapy provides practical and achievable steps that place a person more in charge of their own lives.


Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Member New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
  • Family Court Registered Counsellor


  • Diploma in Counselling
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Graduate Diploma in Science (Environmental Management)

Background and Experience

My counselling experience includes the following. Clinical and managerial positions in a variety of agencies and settings - for example, Alcohol and Drug Dependency Service (Mt Eden); Glenburn Centre (West Auckland); CADS (West Auckland). Tutor in counselling diplomas and other counselling qualifications for three tertiary institutions. Organising and facilitating workshops for counsellors throughout New Zealand. Extensive experience in couples counselling, dispute resolution and mediation. Registered as a counsellor for the Family Court (25 years). Six years working in alcohol and drug agencies. The supervision of students, counsellors and other professionals. Private practice for 25 years.

Supervision Services

I have offered supervision over 20 years to counsellors, students and other professionals. Besides individual supervision I am available for supervision of people in small groups (two to three) and for larger groups of eight to ten. As a tutor I supervised many students, and have carried out supervision in several agencies.