Marian Leicester

Counselling & Supervision

Talking sure does work! I have over 40 years’ experience of my part in making this happen, for many people, over a very wide range of issues. I work alongside people to help them work out how they can get on top of issues that are bothering them.


Areas of Special Interest

  • relationships
  • life transitions
  • self esteem
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • stress
  • grief & loss
  • trauma
  • family issues
  • family violence
  • sexual abuse
  • spirituality
  • working with dreams
  • clinical supervision for a wide range of helping professionals


Counselling Services

It’s essential to find the right “fit” in a counsellor, as a foundation for the important work to be done.

You will find me warm, supportive, welcoming and professional. I am committed to being up front with you at all times. You will experience me listening really closely and deeply, as bit by bit, or maybe all in a rush, you find your way, at your pace, to tell me what you need me to know. I am generous with my feedback, which I aim to present as positively and usefully as I can.

In these ways, we build a mutual trust that enables the issues to be more fully brought to the surface. This then triggers the creative process of generating and exploring new and life-changing ways of responding to the issues.

I continue to marvel at how this process of co-creativity between client and counsellor can so often, and sometimes, so surprisingly, lead to safe, effective, long-term changes for the better.

(Note: I no longer take new ACC clients)


Counselling Approach

Fundamentally person-centred, solution focussed, based on a foundation of understandings from family systems therapy, narrative therapy, feminist therapy, dreamwork, gestalt, psychodramatic role theory.


Background and Experience

I began my professional career over 40 years ago, working with couples in the then-national relationship services agency, moving to work as a counsellor / supervisor in the public health sector. Then, for many years, I managed a counselling agency in the not-for-profit sector, working with whoever arrived on the doorstep, and doing extensive Family Court and ACC Sensitive Claims counselling (Note: I no longer take new ACC clients), and co-facilitating groups addressing family violence. Since 1990, I have been self-employed as counsellor and supervisor.


Supervision Services

I have wide-ranging supervision experience – with established counsellors and therapists, student counsellors, medical personnel (doctors, nurses), social workers, case managers, community support workers, managers from a number of different work settings.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC), member since 1994.
- Dream Network Aotearoa/New Zealand

Q Qualifications

- BA Hons (Sociology & Women's Studies)
- Trained Teachers Certificate
- Certificate in Applied Dreamwork

Q Appointments

- Johnston Street, CBD: Tuesday - Thursday 9 - 5
- Karori: Friday 9 - 5

Q Fees

- Sliding scale, fees negotiated to be affordable for all-comers.
- WINZ-subsidised funding can sometimes be arranged.
- Fees can be paid by cash at the end of appointments, or by bank transfer completed on the day of the appointment.