Rachel Paterson

Counselling for Women


UNAVAILABLE I’m not taking new clients at present.


Sometimes, it’s just better to be able to speak to someone who is independent from your everyday life – someone who can support a new perspective. I’m here to provide a safe place for you to express your troubles, and together we can work through what concerns you.

I help women with:

  • depression and anxiety
  • grief
  • trauma
  • disability and chronic illness
  • stress
  • confidence and self-esteem
  • relationship and family issues

Counselling Services

Modern life evokes a multitude of stressors which can often lead to anxiety, depression, and generally feeling overwhelmed. Counselling is a good way to help ease the pressure of these situations, and assist to promote enjoyment from life. However, sometimes, situations or circumstances occur that cause distress which requires professional help. I am trained to provide this assistance, and I view it as an honour to be able to work with my clients in this way.

Counselling is the perfect place to explore thought processes and life issues/events. As my client, you are the expert in your own life, but I can help by providing a sensitive and safe place for you to voice your concerns.

Counselling Approach

My approach to counselling is inherently person-centred; I treat my clients with unconditional positive regard, empathy, and a focused presence. I have been trained in short-term solution-focussed methods, behavioural strategies, and work in an embodied gestalt-style approach. Overall, we will work together in a way which best suits you and your concerns.

Background and Experience

I trained and have been working as a counsellor since 2015, after my physical health caused me to cease my role as a lawyer. My training involved comprehensive practical instruction in a number of counselling approaches, as well as robust theoretical and cultural work.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (ProvMNZAC)

Q Qualifications

- Post-Graduate Diploma in Education with distinction (Counselling and Guidance)
- Diploma of Professional Counselling
- Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Music

Q Appointments

Sessions are available on Thursdays, by appointment.

Q Fees

- $100 per hour.
- WINZ subsidies are available for those on benefits or low incomes

Q Payment Options

Eftpos, credit, cash, or bank transfer.