Jenny Hellyer

Counsellor & Supervisor

I am an experienced counsellor and supervisor and a full member of NZ Association of Counsellors since 1997. I have managed a successful private counselling practice for 25 years and provide professional supervision in Westport and Greymouth, and by Skype throughout Aotearoa and Australia.


Supervision Services

I supervise professionals in many fields, including counselling, education, social work, support agencies, management and medical practice. I bring a combination of experience, combined with a willingness to learn and remain open to changing contexts. I will respect the inherent dignity, culture and experience of you and your workplace.


As we develop a relationship and environment of clear boundaries I will help you:

  • find support in challenging situations
  • address professional accountability
  • restore personal wellbeing
  • develop professional resilience and strengthen professional identity
  • find insight, understanding and creativity in your work with clients and organisations


Continual professional development and my own supervision refresh my practice and ensure clarity, confidentiality and ethical accountability. I have access to a range of supervisory approaches, and use gentle but challenging enquiry, careful listening and solution-focussed methods. I am currently particularly inspired by reflective learning theory and the potential of a collaborative supervisory relationship.

You are welcome to contact me for an initial half hour free of charge.


Areas of Special Interest

Working with people who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse and family violence. I have a thorough understanding of complex trauma and the process of recovery. Also, interpersonal well-being, grief, stress, anxiety and depression.


Counselling/Therapy Approach

My approach is to build a trustworthy relationship where people feel safe to explore ways through the issues which are affecting them. Having worked for many years with people from a range of backgrounds, genders and cultures my practice recognises the inherent dignity of each person. I draw on array of effective therapeutic approaches to meet individual needs, with a fundamental understanding that we have the ability to overcome adversity, create change, resilience and wellness at any point in our lives.


Background and Experience

I have managed a successful private counselling practice for 25 years. Throughout my working life I have undertaken regular professional development and robust supervision. This refreshes my practice, ensuring I have an array of traditional and contemporary methods to draw on to meet specific needs of supervisees or clients.

Experience includes:

  • Working with ACC for Sensitive Claims counselling since1994
  • Contract with EAP and other workplace support agencies
  • Contract with Homebuilders and other community agencies
  • Experience with Critical Incident Debriefing
  • Being a trustee for a Charitable Trust which has developed a community
  • house to support whanau wellbeing.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Registered NZAC Supervisor
- ACC Registered Counsellor (Sensitive Claims)

Q Qualifications

- Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision (NMIT, Nelson)
- Certificate in Counselling for Professional Practice (Christchurch Polytechnic)

Q Locations

- Westport
- Greymouth
- Online counselling and supervision available.

Q Appointments

By arrangement, please contact me.

Q Fees

- Counselling fees are $80 for individuals; often covered by ACC, WINZ or other agencies.
- Supervision fees negotiated and an initial 30 minutes are offered free of charge.

Q Cancellations

24-hours’ notice is requested for cancellation, otherwise a fee may apply.