Janet Walter-Kerr

Te Awatea Counselling Services


I am a teacher and after hours counsellor. I have been working as a counsellor for over two decades, providing the service for people who work full time and cannot access therapy during working hours. Having been in the teaching profession for 51 years I feel I have a wide experience with people.


Areas of Special Interest

Couples, families and young people with relationship difficulties.


Counselling Services

I am prepared to walk alongside of my clients, supporting and encouraging until they are strong and equipped enough to walk on their own.

I am able to listen carefully and respectfully to all my clients. Being heard and understood is the foundation from which progress can be made. I work with my client to understand their difficulties and thereby find a way forward. I do not pretend to hold the key to all the problems faced in life, but a way through them can usually be found. When the need arises I can employ a directive approach if my client feels ‘lost’ or in need of guidance, but always the final action is left up to the client to use or not as they see fit.

I am in contact with young people everyday and I find it easy to communicate with them in a way they feel safe, respected and heard.


Counselling  Approach

‚ÄčI use whatever tools I feel suit the needs of my clients including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dream work
  • Transactional Analysis (TA)
  • Rogerian Approach
  • Gestalt


Background and Experience

Throughout all my 51 years of teaching I have always taken a pastoral approach with my students. I formally recognised such skills with qualifications in therapy and have practised as a counsellor for over a decade. I am experienced with people from all backgrounds and ethnicities.



Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)

Q Qualifications

- Masters in Guidance and Counselling
- Diploma in Family Therapy
- Certificate in Applied Dreamwork
- Certificate in Transactional Analysis

Q Appointments

- Monday to Thursday after 4.30pm.
- Some weekend times are available depending on particular circumstances.

Q Fees

A koha is charged unless receiving counselling through WINZ whereby a specific charge is made.