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. My therapy room is private and easily accessed, and 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

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


Q Fees

- Full fee: $100
Discounted fees:
- Low income/financial difficulties $50
- Adult students/beneficiaries $25
- All prices are per 50-minute counselling session
- Payable at the session by cash or online transfer.

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

- Provisional Member of NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC)
- Application for full membership has been presented to NZAC for their consideration in early 2022.

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

- Appointments available on Saturdays, between 9am and 1pm.
- These appointment slots also apply to Zoom sessions, arranged in advance.

Q How many sessions are needed?

• Usually 4 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 Parking/Transport

On site parking and short walk to bus stops

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.