Nichola Palmer – Confide Counselling

Affordable support when you need it most.

Counselling/Therapy Service

I welcome adults from all walks of life and diverse cultures, working one-to-one. I use counselling rooms in the Timaru Community House building, the rooms are bright and quiet, and there is wheel chair access.  I also offer counselling sessions via Zoom.  As we work together I’ll encourage you to draw on your life experience, finding ways to access your strengths and enhance your ability to live a full and satisfying life.

Counselling sessions give you space to:

  • Unload & de-stress
  • Make sense of your experiences, emotions and thoughts
  • Let go of what’s holding you back & discover a way forward
  • Develop coping skills that can be drawn on right now and when other challenges arise


Counselling/Therapy Approach

Person-centred counselling is my main approach and what I think is special about this way of working is the core belief that you, the client, knows best what it’s like to be you, and you will ultimately discover a way forward. In our sessions together we build and maintain a therapeutic connection, so that you experience a sense of trust and understanding. The aim is to empower you to access your wisdom and recover self-direction.  I also utilise Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is mindfulness based CBT, and other modalities depending on your need and focus.


Areas of Special Interest

  • survivors of sexual abuse and trauma
  • coping with stressful change
  • anger management
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • grief
  • communication and relationship issues


Q Fees

Sliding scale, based on individual client’s financial circumstances.

Q Qualifications

- Diploma in Counselling & Family Therapy (Human Development & Training Institute, 2012)
- Certificate in Social Services (counselling prerequisites, 2007, MIT)
- Certificate Counselling Theory (2006, Massey University)

Q Registration & Membership

- Member, Registered with NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- ACC Registered Counsellor

Q Cultural awareness

I have worked with a culturally diverse range of people including Maori, Pakeha, Fijian-Indian, South African, Chinese, Japanese, German and Chilean.

Cultural Awareness Training:
• Inter-Cultural Competence – Facilitated workshop (2021) – Selwyn Community College
• Working Effectively with Maori & Working with Trauma: Using Maori/tikanga based models – Facilitated workshops (2021) – Manuera Life Development Services Ltd
• Dynamics of Whanaungatanga – Online facilitated training (2020) - Kawei Ltd
• Workshops in Maori tikanga & Treaty of Waitangi with Oranga Tamariki (2020)
• Counselling Across cultures and The Maori Client (2011) with HD&T.
• Wairua Tikanga Awareness and Treaty of Waitangi (2007) with MIT.

Q Appointments

- Available slots: Tuesdays - 1pm, 2pm & 4pm . Thursdays 9am, 10am & 11am
- Face-to-face or via Zoom (by prior arrangement).

Q How many sessions are needed?

• Usually 4-6 sessions, then we assess how things are progressing and decide together if further therapy is necessary. Longer term work is usually necessary for deeper issues, e.g. trauma, grief, and relationship issues.
• Sessions are 50 minutes in duration.
• Referral to other professionals if appropriate.

Q Cancellations

24 hours notice of cancellation is required, however individual circumstances will be taken into consideration.

Q How does counselling work?

• You and I develop a shared understanding of the issue or problem that you bring to counselling, negotiating a way to work together towards a resolution.
• Together we discover new ways of viewing the issue in order to find a way forward.
• Positive action and change can take place with support and encouragement.