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Roy Bowden

A. Roy Bowden

Counsellor & Supervisor

Pukerua Counselling, Mentoring and Supervision
My experience and formal training includes counselling, psychotherapy, social work, teaching in tertiary level degrees and supervision diplomas and leading a family counselling agency. As a former president of the NZAP I advocate for services to be culturally based.
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Contact Roy

M. 021 212 0204
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Practice Locations

17a Gray Street
Pukerua Bay
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Online counselling, mentoring and supervision available.

Transport and Parking

Parking is available in a driveway.


Normally week days and some evenings.


Normally $120 (including GST) per hour. Some circumstances are negotiable and there are charges if travel is involved.

Payment Options

Cash or Internet Banking

Client Types

Counselling - adult men.
Mentoring and Superivsion - men and women.


Areas of Special Interest

Men are the focus of this practice alongside supervision and mentoring for women and men health professionals, medical practitioners, counsellors, therapists, academics, teachers, pastoral care givers and addiction clinicians.


Counselling/Therapy Services

I have a particular interest in providing counselling or mentoring services for men.

Counselling and mentoring for men only:
After a career attending to men in families, couples, employment situations, academic positions and as counsellor and therapy practitioners, it is time for me to focus on assisting men to live well, achieve well, find their way into the future and enjoy their relationships.

I've worked in hospitals, prisons, middle and senior management, as a company staff counsellor, a social agency auditor, in tertiary teaching and as a couples and family therapist. I believe there are cultural, social and personal opportunities for men which are best claimed after contemplating what it means to belong, achieve and plan ahead. Problems can be seen in a 'whole of life context' which opens up new ways of managing what life offers.

Mentoring and Supervision for health professionals:
I've practised as a supervisor of counsellors, medical personnel, social workers, therapists, middle managers, agency staff, clergy and addiction clinicians for many years. My focus includes practising with an informed consideration of the importance of cultural formation.


Counselling/Therapy Approach

My approach is holistic in the sense that the whole of life experience of each person is taken into account. My training in a number of therapeutic and life style theories has been important. However, it is important to discover the unique story of each individual and build a helping relationship first. Sometimes a therapeutic 'method' will be helpful but it needs to be offered as part of an integrated approach aligned with the cultural, social and personal situation surrounding each person.


Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Retired Member of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
  • Accredited Clinical Supervisor of the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa-New Zealand (DAPAANZ)


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Masters of Social Work (Hons)
  • Diploma in Social Work
  • Diploma Theological Ordination
  • World Council Psychotherapy Certificate

Background and Experience

Director, Church-based Family Centre, Lecturer in Adult Education, Senior Lecturer Social Policy and Social Work, Director Diploma in Social Services Supervision, Tutor and team leader Bachelor of Counselling degree, Head of School of Health Sciences (Technical Institute), Former Clergyperson, Social Auditor and Company Staff Counsellor. Currently a Registered Celebrant.


Supervision Services

Supervision for women and men employing a holistic supervision perspective:
Supervision services for Counsellors, Addiction Clinicians, Therapists, Medical personnel, Clergy, Middle Managers, Academic staff, Agency managers and staff and health professionals.