Allanah Elvy-Arnold

Accipere Wellness Services


PLEASE NOTE I am not accepting new clients at present.


Personal growth through understanding and acceptance.

Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it.
– Michael J Fox


Counselling Services

I am an experienced counsellor specialising in addictive behaviours, diverse sexualities, genders, and relationships.

I provide a non-judgemental safe environment where you will have the time and space to talk and reflect on your concerns. We will then work together to find the way forward.

My hope is that through a greater understanding and acceptance of yourself and the current situation you will be able to make the decisions and changes needed to live more fully; learn and practice the strategies and tools needed to face life’s inevitable difficulties, and have the peace of mind to enjoy the journey.

I offer brief solution-focused interventions or longer-term holistic counselling as needed. ‘No man is an island’ and it is often beneficial to involve the people that care for you in treatment.

Accipere Wellness Services Ltd. is not a crisis service. Please call 111 or Te Haika 0800 745 477 if you are concerned about your own or another’s safety.


Counselling Approach

The person-centred counselling approach is the foundation of the way I work. This approach involves listening, thinking together, coaching, sharing ideas and seeking feedback. You are at the centre of this process.

In addition, I integrate the following approaches as appropriate:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Values that underpin my practice:

  • Māia- Accepting myself as I am
  • Pono- Being honest and authentic
  • Maramatanga- Understanding
  • Whanaungatanga- Belonging and connectedness
  • Ako- learning from one another


Background and Experience

I am of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne, English and Scottish decent. I grew up in the South Island but have made Wellington my home for the past decade. I am Takatāpui. My pronouns are they/them/ia.

I have over 10 years’ experience working in the mental health and addiction sector in Wellington. I have worked with people from all walks of life. I respect and work safely with all cultures. I am a strong advocate for the rights of people affected by mental illness and addictions, and the LGBTTQI+ community.

I have experience in providing assessments; report writing; treatment planning; individual, couples and family counselling; group therapy and group education.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered AOD/PG Practitioner Member of the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa-New Zealand (DAPAANZ)

Q Qualifications

- Post Graduate Certificate- Psychology
- Graduate Diploma Addiction Studies
- BA Hons (Psychology)

Q Location

Level 4, 32 the Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington. Saturdays. By appointment only.

Rooms close to bus routes, and paid parking options in inner city.

Q Appointments

In person:
Saturdays 9-5pm

Online video sessions:

Q Fees

- Individual sessions (Counselling or Life Coaching) (60mins): $130
- Couples and Family sessions (60-75mins): $150
- Group education/therapy fees by negotiation.
- Comprehensive Alcohol and Drug Assessment reports 3-4 hrs plus admin $800

Q Payment Options

- Bank deposit
- Fees to be paid in full on the day.

Q Cancellations

You will be billed for cancellations or postponements made less than 24 hrs of the scheduled appointment.