Anne Bate



In Counselling I offer a safe, confidential, and supportive space to share what is going on for you without a fear of being judged. I offer a warm, friendly and down to earth approach, and can work with you to gain new skills to get more from your life and relationships.


Areas of Special Interest

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • grief
  • loneliness
  • relationship issues
  • anger issues
  • parenting issues
  • suicidality
  • self esteem and confidence
  • trauma
  • PTSD
  • sexuality
  • gender issues
  • spirituality
  • toxic religion matters
  • existential concerns


Counselling Services

Counselling can help a person when they are feeling stuck or overwhelmed by life situations or relationships.

I offer a safe, confidential and supportive space, where clients can feel at ease sharing what is going on for them without fear of judgement. In a counselling session we will work together to understand and move through areas of stuckness, and I am passionate about equipping people with insights and skills to take away and practice, when they leave.

I like to write notes through the session and give the person a copy to take away, with helpful insights and strategies.

I work with individuals of all cultures, religions, genders and sexual orientations.


I use a variety of counselling methods:

  • In a counselling session I practice Person-centred Therapy, by listening carefully to what a person tells me about their experiences and challenges, and working with the person to set realistic goals to get the change they are wanting.
  • Through REBT therapy I focus on connecting current conflicts with themselves or others, to historical life events, or unhealthy ways of thinking. I equip them with empowering tools to manage unbearable feelings and moods. And I offer life skills to help a person manage difficult situations and people in their life.
  • Through Strengths-based counselling I focus on a person’s strengths, and together we focus on new ways of managing stress and achieving dreams.


Background and Experience

I have nine years experience working as a counsellor, starting with training and working as a telephone counsellor and face to face counsellor with Lifeline. I also have counselled in different churches. Recently I have counselled with Supporting Families, Marlborough. for 18 months. I have run workshops on mental and emotional health topics through the Women’s Centre.

I am also a Provider Counsellor with Aoake Te Ra, a recently new organisation which provides free counselling for people that have lost someone through suicide.



Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling)
- Diploma in Applied Counselling
- Diploma in Ministerial Studies (Theology)

Q Appointments

I am available in the following days,
- Monday 7.30pm - 9pm
- Tuesday 7.30pm - 9pm
- Thursday 9am - 5.30pm
- Friday 9am - 9pm.

Q Fees

- Individuals $90 per one hour session
- Couples $120 per one hour session
- WINZ funding may be available for clients with a community Services Card.
- Aoake Te Ra funds four sessions of counselling with me for clients bereaved through suicide.

Q Payment Options

- Online banking.
- Cash.