Nicole Smale

Counsellor & Family Therapist

Counselling Services

In counselling I provide the opportunity for you to explore all possibilities in a safe and confidential environment and will support you in achieving all the changes you want to make.

I am a Counsellor and Family Therapist with experience in a broad range of counselling issues. After working for many years in Auckland, I came to Coromandel over 30 years ago and now have a private practice in Whitianga working with young adults, adults, couples and families. I am a very enthusiastic, motivated, encouraging and non-judgemental counsellor and family therapist. I am quick at building rapport with clients of all ages, ethnic groups and diverse socio-economic backgrounds. I work creatively and strategically with logic and empathy using different methods to suit each client and their goals. I specialise in empowering my clients to make the changes they choose in order to improve the quality of their personal and professional life.


My role

As a professional counsellor and family therapist is to assist individuals, couples and families to make positive changes in their lives.

I can help you to:

  • Plan and set goals
  • Explore thoughts, emotions and behavioural patterns
  • Improve relationships and communication skills
  • Look at resolutions to conflict
  • Develop your unique potential and self-awareness


My professional experience

I have worked, both short-term and long-term, with individuals, couples and groups including group mediation. It has been a privilege to witness positive changes in client’s lives.

I have experience with a variety of issues, including:

  • Relationships
  • Communication skills
  • Parenting
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Conflict resolution
  • Family mediation
  • Life transitions
  • Work issues
  • Anger management
  • Personal development including assertiveness, self-esteem, confidence
  • Physical, mental and sexual abuse
  • Self-harm
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss


About Nicole

I was born in Belgium and moved to New Zealand in 1975. I am bi-lingual in English and French. I studied Classics for many years, and taught French in High Schools and for Community Education. After raising a family and being involved in various aspects of community life, I began training as a counsellor and have been working in this field for over 25 years. My life experience and passionate interest in people from diverse cultures and backgrounds has motivated me to help others during difficult and challenging times in their lives.



Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member, Registered with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Registered Psychotherapist

Q Qualifications

- Diploma in Counselling
- Diploma in Family Therapy
- Certificate in Transactional Analysis
- Diploma in Commercial Art

Q What my clients say

"I didn't feel judged. I felt understood. Counselling really helped me to sort out a way forward."

"Nicole was very straight forward. What she taught me about anger worked. I am happier and so is my family."

"Thanks for your help I've changed my life!"

Q Fees

The fees for private clients are:
- INDIVIDUALS: $120 per one hour session
- COUPLES: $140 per one hour session
- fees can be paid by internet banking