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Mary Smith

Mary Smith

Counsellor & Supervisor

Welcome to my site! I am an experienced counsellor and supervisor and a full member of NZ Association of Counsellors since 2003. I provide counselling in the Buller & West-Coast districts. I provide supervision by Skype throughout Aotearoa and overseas.
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Contact Mary

Note: I am currently unable to take on anymore clients until further notice.
M. 027 529 6917
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Practice Locations

Westport & Greymouth.
Enquire about availability at other locations. Specific address will be provided when an appointment is made.

Online counselling and supervision by Skype for people on the West Coast and around New Zealand.

Transport and Parking

I will advise you about parking etc once an appointment is made.


By arrangement, please enquire.


Please enquire as I have a sliding scale from $60 - $120. The fee depends on who the funder is e.g. fees are often covered by an agency (e.g. ACC, WINZ) or a workplace.

Free first 30 minutes for those inquiring about supervision.

Payment Options

Pay on-line or in cash (no eftpos).


24-hours’ notice is requested for cancellation, otherwise a fee may apply.

Client Types



Areas of Special Interest

I work with adults on a range of issues including anxiety, anger, depression, grief, loss, relationships, workplace issues, stress, and trauma caused early childhood abuse and adult experiences of violence and loss.


Counselling/Therapy Services

  • Counselling to individuals
  • Supervision of counsellors
  • Supervision of counsellors in training
  • Supervision of other professionals

Counselling/Therapy Approach

My approach is to build a safe therapeutic relationship where people are supported to explore ways through the issues which are affecting them. I draw on a range of approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Client Centred, Holistic Models of Well-being, Neuro-science, Play-therapy, Psychodynamic, Solution Focused, and trauma informed practice.


Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
  • ACC Registered Counsellor
  • Victim Support Registered Counsellor


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision
  • Master of Counselling
  • Diploma in Teaching
  • Diploma in Social Work

Background and Experience

My background and experience is in counselling, teaching, social work, and life, including:
  • Self-employed (Private-Practice) in Counselling and Supervision
  • ACC Sensitive Claims counselling
  • Homebuilders Family Support Services Coinselling
  • Victim Support Counsellor
  • Benestar Workplace Counselling
  • Tutor of Counselling & Supervision, Nelson Marlborough Institute Technology (with management roles)
  • Guidance Counsellor, Secondary School, in Senior Management team.
  • CYPFS/OT Social Worker
  • Voluntary Trustee for a Charitable Trust - running a community house to support whanau wellbeing.
  • Married for many years; mother of 3 boys; grandmother of 7 grandchildren; member of wide extended family.

Supervision Services

I provide supervision by Skype throughout Aotearoa NZ and overseas. Supervisees are drawn to my background in counselling, social work, management and teaching in counselling and supervision programmes. I mostly supervise counsellors but welcome and enjoy working with practitioners from other disciplines.

I value forming collaborative relationships wherein supervisees feel safe to explore both their strengths and vulnerabilities. I believe in supervision being restorative, and involving learning and accountability. I see the main aim of supervision being that end-users are provided with safe and professional help. I work with a wide range of issues and draw on many theoretical approaches. I welcome a conversation with you to elaborate on these.