Ruth Belton – Coast Counselling

Moving Forward Positively

Counselling Approach

As a counsellor I aim to create a supportive, non-judgmental, empathetic space so you can safely explore challenges and beliefs that are limiting your personal well-being and relationships. Everyone is unique so timing, therapies and techniques are woven into sessions depending on your individual needs. Counselling can support you to find clarity, understand yourself, your actions/reactions, identify your strengths, resources, goals and workable solutions and above all, find hope to move forward more positively.

My personal interest and therefore professional development has focused  on mindful somatic approaches when working with trauma memory. Trauma can be from  physical (accident/abuse) and/or emotional (grief/relationships) distress and can be a single event or accumulating. Trauma work can help when past events affect you everyday, in ways such as your confidence, your reactions and your relationships with others.  I find integrating trauma understanding with talk therapies invaluable with all clients.

Counselling is available for teens to seniors, couples, families or small groups. Either in person or online.

Areas of Special Interest

  • Trauma -sexual and physical abuse, grief, developmental relationships, accidents etc.
  • Emotional distress- stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm, self-esteem  etc.
  • Relationships – couple, families, parenting, work place etc.
  • Life transitions – relationship breakups, work changes, personal loss, etc.
  • Diversity- physical disabilities, neuro (e.g. ADHD), sexual identity, cultural etc


I worked in Naturopathy and body work before retraining as a Counsellor. In the past, I volunteered for Samaritans as a phone counsellor, trainee mentor and shift leader. Currently I work as a counsellor at a women’s centre/women’s refuge and in private practice. 

Past clients include males and females, teenagers to senior citizens, and clients with physical, neuro, cultural, religious and sexual diversity.

Cultural and Diversity Understanding

I come from an extremely large extended family. This has gifted me wide lived experience and appreciation of diversity. I feel my life journey has enhanced my empathy and non-judgement as a counsellor. This is reflected in the diversity of past and current clients that have shared their counselling experience with me. Core to my counselling philosophy, is that everyone deserves to be valued and supported to live life to its fullest.


Q Professional Membership

I am a provisional member of NZAC (NZ Association of Counselling) and abide by their code of ethics. Membership requires regular professional development and supervision to ensure my counselling work is safe, ethical and up with current practice.

Q Qualifications

Masters of Counselling -Distinction (University of Canterbury)

- Diploma of Naturopathy,
- Certificates in Western Herbal Medicine and Massage
- Bachelor degree in Horticultural Science (honours)

Q Appointments

- Inquiries - ph 0221409895 or use the email form
- Appointments are in person/ Zoom/ Phone
(see Covid-19 info below)

Q Fees

- Individuals: $90 to $120- 1 hour (sliding scale depending on your circumstances)
- Couples/groups: $120- hour, $160 – 90 min.
- WINZ /community card holders – Additional subsidy available- please inquire
- Payment: Cash or internet banking on day of appointment or by prior arrangement.

Q Covid-19 information

Red traffic light level:
- Counselling is available to all.
- Face to face Counselling with vaccination pass and face mask. Coastland’s consultation rooms are air conditioned, with a suitable filter system.
- Zoom or phone counselling is available for all.

Q Location instructions

- Coast Counselling is located on the first floor, Community services, Coastlands shopping Mall, Paraparaumu.
- The easiest entrance is via the lifts and toilets entrance, close to the Farmers inner mall entrance. Either take the lift or stairs to the first floor. Follow signage to "Coast Counselling "