Paul Letham



CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY I am only practicing online at present, with very limited availability. Please note that I am currently relocating to Christchurch and so will be offering in-person sessions there from late June, 2022.


Paul is an experienced, fully-qualified registered counsellor based in Christchurch, and online. His counselling style is warm, interactive, exploratory, and methodical.

Paul’s main areas of specialty are:

  • Creative and performance industries
  • Existential concerns (the search for meaning, purpose, or direction)
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Relationship problems
  • Gay, lesbian, and bisexual concerns
  • Transgender and gender identity issues
  • Intimacy and sexuality
  • Jungian, transpersonal, and depth psychology

Counselling can help you:

  • Understand your emotions and thinking patterns
  • Develop coping strategies
  • Explore options and possibilities
  • Empower you to make decisions
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Build a healthy self-image and identity
  • Understand influences from your personal history and upbringing
  • Relate to others more productively

About Paul

​Born into a rural Canterbury family, Paul showed an early interest in both human behaviour and the creative arts. After an initial foray into the worlds of theatre, music and performance, which included gaining an undergraduate degree in Drama, Paul began studying psychology, culminating in two diplomas and a Bachelor of Counselling degree.

In addition to his academic background, Paul also brings to his practice first-hand experience of depression and anxiety and a deep understanding of the conditions that can lead to their development.

Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakens.
– Carl Jung

Paul’s Approach

Paul’s work is fundamentally rooted in the idea of “client-centred practice”, reflecting the philosophy that you are essentially the expert in your own life, but Paul integrates other kinds of modalities as well, depending upon your needs. Drawing from a number of therapeutic approaches, he also works within existential, solution-based, narrative, psychodynamic, Jungian, and cognitive-behavioural (CBT/DBT) methods.

What is counselling?

Counselling provides an opportunity for you to express your thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential space. It is an opportunity for you to talk about what’s important to you, to seek clarity or insight, and to gain control over aspects of your life that may be troubling you. Counselling relies on the therapeutic relationship that builds over time between the counsellor and yourself. Therapy can be short-term or longer-term, depending on your needs, and the dynamics of counselling will differ from person to person.

What is a counsellor’s role?

Your counsellor is primarily a listener and a collaborator. Once the goals of your therapy have been determined, your counsellor is there to listen, reflect, interact and even gently challenge you when necessary. He will help you make sense of what is going on for you, or provide a new perspective. The discussions you have with your counsellor are supportive and respectful, free from criticism or judgement. You are in control: your counsellor is less of an “expert” and more of a well-informed, unbiased, encouraging and friendly ear, holding your needs in mind, and ready to help you reach your full potential.


Q Registrations and Memberships

Member NZ Association of Counsellors

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor of Counselling
- Bachelor of Arts (Drama)
- Jungian & Post-Jungian Clinical Concepts Certificate (CAJS)
- Diploma in Psychology
- Diploma in Health & Human Behaviour

Q Sessions & Fees

- Sessions are 60 minutes in length.

- Paul operates a sliding scale, from $90 to $130 per session, depending on your circumstances. He's always happy to negotiate this with you.

- Payment can be made in cash at the end of the session, or by bank deposit within 3 working days of the session. Monthly invoicing is also available upon request.

- Partial funding may be available through WINZ if you are a beneficiary or student.