Esther Ritter

Hello Counselling


NOT AVAILABLE I am not taking on new clients at this time.


I provide counselling to individuals and couples, helping them gain the confidence and skills to make positive changes in their lives.


Areas of Special Interest

  • anxiety
  • PTSD
  • self-acceptance
  • gender
  • highly sensitive people (HSP)
  • grief and loss
  • improve relationships
  • separation
  • reconciliation and mediation
  • anger
  • work place issues
  • life skills
  • experiential learning
  • Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT)


Counselling Services

People come for counselling for many reasons, to help them to get clarity around matters do to with thoughts, feelings and behaviour for example, feelings of confusion, low mood and relationships. Going to counselling can be for themselves or a loved one. They might want to improve a relationship, to be closer and without conflict. They may want the sadness and pain to be less and for the weight to be lifted, or for the worry to stop.

Whatever brings you to counselling, I am experienced in working with a wide range of issues and people from diverse backgrounds. I am caring, warm and non-judgmental. I will listen to you and provide support to that you may achieve your goals. I will respect your need for confidentiality and a safe place to talk.

Equine Assited Therapy: I am a member of Vanora, which incorporates horses within therapy for experiential personal growth, learning and skills development for individuals, couples and groups see the Vanora website for more details


Counselling Approach

I am skilled in a variety of counselling therapy methods including Transactional Analysis, Solution Oriented Counselling, Imago Relationship Therapy and the EAGALA Model (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association).

I have an interest in working with Highly Sensitive People (HSP) experiential learning and I am a certified to work with the EAGALA model (Equine Assisted Therapy).

In addition to my professional training and experience, I have a lifelong interest in and commitment to living holistically and as authentically as I am able to. Having a regular meditation and yoga practice helps me to be at ease with who I am. I continue to study Eastern and Western spiritual philosophies and teachings.


Background and Experience

I have worked as a counsellor, a mediator and group facilitator for Relationship Services/ Relationships Aotearoa and the Stopping Violence Program. I worked with youth and family at Mirror Youth Counselling before starting my own private practice overseas and now in New Zealand. I have managed a Mental Health Services Agency in Canada. As a full member of the New Zealand Association of Counselling (MNZAC) and I have the training and affiliation with a professional body which upholds high standards of professionalism and a Code of Ethics. I am working towards the Certified Transactional Analysist qualification which gives me direct access to registration as a Psychotherapist with New Zealand Psychotherapists Association (NZAP).



Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Aoteroa New Zealand Transactional Analysis Association
- ACC Registered Counsellor
- Registered Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance)

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor of Counselling
- Honours Degree in Visual Arts
- Diploma in Business Management

Q Appointments

- Tuesday - Thursday 9am - 6pm
- Friday 12 - 5pm

Q Fees

Regular sessions are:
- Individuals $100 for 50 minutes
- Couples $120 for 50 minutes

External funding may be available from WINZ and ACC.

Q Payment Options

Payment is to be made at the the time of the session by Cash or Internet Banking.

Q Cancellations

Cancellation or postponement of an appointment with less than 24 hours notice will still cost half the session fee, unless appointment gets filled.