Mary Smith

Counsellor & Supervisor


NOT TAKING CLIENTS I am not taking new clients until further notice.


Welcome! I am an experienced counsellor and supervisor and a full member of NZ Association of Counsellors since 2003. I provide counselling in the Buller & West-Coast districts. I provide supervision by Skype throughout Aotearoa and overseas.


I work with adults on a range of issues including:

  • anxiety
  • anger
  • depression
  • grief
  • loss
  • relationships
  • workplace issues
  • stress
  • trauma caused early childhood abuse and adult experiences of violence and loss

Counselling Services

  • Counselling to individuals
  • Supervision of counsellors
  • Supervision of counsellors in training
  • Supervision of other professionals

Counselling Approach

My approach is to build a safe therapeutic relationship where people are supported to explore ways through the issues which are affecting them. I draw on a range of approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Client Centred, Holistic Models of Well-being, Neuro-science, Play-therapy, Psychodynamic, Solution Focused, and trauma informed practice.

About Me

My background and experience is in counselling, teaching, social work, and life, including:

  • Self-employed (Private-Practice) in Counselling and Supervision
  • ACC Sensitive Claims counselling
  • Homebuilders Family Support Services Coinselling
  • Victim Support Counsellor
  • Benestar Workplace Counselling
  • Tutor of Counselling & Supervision, Nelson Marlborough Institute Technology (with management roles)
  • Guidance Counsellor, Secondary School, in Senior Management team.
  • CYPFS/OT Social Worker
  • Voluntary Trustee for a Charitable Trust – running a community house to support whanau wellbeing.
  • Married for many years; mother of 3 boys; grandmother of 7 grandchildren; member of wide extended family.

Supervision Services

I provide supervision by Skype throughout Aotearoa NZ and overseas. Supervisees are drawn to my background in counselling, social work, management and teaching in counselling and supervision programmes. I mostly supervise counsellors but welcome and enjoy working with practitioners from other disciplines.

I value forming collaborative relationships wherein supervisees feel safe to explore both their strengths and vulnerabilities. I believe in supervision being restorative, and involving learning and accountability. I see the main aim of supervision being that end-users are provided with safe and professional help. I work with a wide range of issues and draw on many theoretical approaches. I welcome a conversation with you to elaborate on these.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- ACC Registered Counsellor
- Victim Support Registered Counsellor

Q Qualifications

- Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision
- Master of Counselling
- Diploma in Teaching
- Diploma in Social Work

Q Locations

- Westport & Greymouth.
- Enquire about availability at other locations. Specific address will be provided when an appointment is made.

- Online counselling and supervision by Skype for people on the West Coast and around New Zealand.

Q Appointments

By arrangement, please enquire.

Q Fees

- Please enquire as I have a sliding scale from $60 - $120. The fee depends on who the funder is e.g. fees are often covered by an agency (e.g. ACC, WINZ) or a workplace.

- Free first 30 minutes for those inquiring about supervision.

Q Payment Options

Pay online or in cash (no eftpos).

Q Cancellations

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