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Dorothy Hennessy

Dorothy Hennessy

Counsellor, Art Therapist, Christian Counsellor, Life Coach, Supervisor

Community Counselling Services
Anyone desiring confidential Counselling; Coaching; Spiritual Direction or Supervision is welcome.
dorothy hennessy counsellor invercargill

Contact Details

P.  03 215 9050
M. 029 771 3224
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Practice Locations

11 Fraser Street
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St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
29 Ardwick Street
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Transport and Parking

Invercargill: There is a bus service from Invercargill to Waikiwi, which stops at the Durham/Fraser street Bus stop, and requires a three minute walk to the Invercargill Counselling Office. Alternatively there is street parking. 
Gore: St Andrew's Church has large carparks.


I am available for Counselling in Invercargill on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and evenings by arrangement.

I am available for Counselling in Gore on Thursdays, or by arrangement.


Fees for Salaried Individuals are: $90 per hour
Beneficiaries: $80-85 per hour
Couples are: $100 per hour 
Community Talks: $120 per hour 
Workshops to be negotiated 

Assistance is also available via the WINZ Disability Allowance or Victim Support.

Payment Options

Fees are either paid as cash on the day; or internet banking by arrangement.

Client Types

Children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, groups.

Areas of Special Interest

1) Short term Individual Counselling; 2) Couple Counselling; 3) Life Coaching; 4) Spiritual Direction; 5) Supervision; 6) Personal Growth Workshops; 6) Longer Term Psychotherapy

Counselling/Therapy Services

You may refer yourself, or gain the support of your local GP, Pastor, Social/Community Worker, Counsellor, Occupational Therapist or other Health Care Professional, to attend any of the services offered by Community Counselling Services. 

Areas that you may consider seeking assistance could include:- 
  • anxiety and depression
  • burnout and recovery
  • stress management and relaxation
  • grief and loss issues
  • guilt and shame issues
  • anger management, bullying prevention strategies and assertiveness training
  • spiritual/physical/mental/ sexual abuse issues
  • adapting to trauma and disabilities
  • boundary setting for individuals, couples and families
  • addictions
  • spiritual direction
  • supervision

Counselling/Therapy Approach

​All Counselling and Therapy is undertaken from a holistic perspective, in line with Mason Durie's Whare Tapu Wha treatment model, (four cornered house). This means that the Spiritual, Mental, Physical, Family/Whanau and community health of every individual is considered. 

Types of Counselling and Therapy include:- 
  • Short term Counselling consists of 6-10 hourly sessions, and will use modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Client Centred Therapy, Coaching, Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy to address short term concerns such as dealing with conflict in relationships. 
  • Longer Term Psychotherapy draws on modalities such as Gestalt Therapy, Psychoanalytic 
  • Psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis, Psychodrama and Projective Art to process longer term issues such as personality development.
  • Spiritual Direction and Life Coaching using a client centred approach. 
  • Group and Workshop facilitation in chosen areas of personal development e.g. Anger Management, Boundary Setting, Assertiveness Training etc.

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Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Member New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
  • Member Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association, Aotearoa New Zealand (DAPAANZ)
  • Victim Support Registered Counsellor


  • Certificate in Counselling (1996)
  • Diploma in Counselling with Applied Psychotherapeutic Studies (2003)
  • Diploma Occupational Therapy
  • Certificate in Social Studies (1991)
  • Certificate in Personnel Management (1999)
  • NZIM Diploma (1999)
  • Certificate in Chaplaincy Assistance (2003)
  • Diploma in Biblical Studies (2009)

Background and Experience

Dorothy Hennessy has 16 years Occupational Therapy experience in both physical and psychiatric rehabilitation. She was awarded Senior status in Neurology and Neuroscience Rehabilitation, when she practiced at Waikato and Christchurch hospitals. She worked as a Social Worker for 5 years at the Wellington Open Home Foundation (a Christian care and protection agency for children, young people and families), and as a CYFS Social Worker in Southland during 2004. 

Dorothy has lived and worked in Southland for over ten years, where she has utilised her eclectic professional skills in local community agency work, and in her private practice, Community Counselling Services. 


Supervision Services

Areas of Supervision are offered to a wide variety of health professionals, Community Agency workers and Pastoral staff. 

All therapeutic work is Supervised by experienced Counsellors; Psychotherapists, Social Workers and Cultural Supervisors as required.