Christchurch Team

Counsellor & Social Worker

Phone: +64 20 4025 7903

Alan Pearson

Alan Pearson is a sensitive claims counselor and social worker. His experience in social work stretches from community homes for young people aged from 12 – 17, starting 30 years ago as an unqualified residential worker in the UK, culminating in him becoming Manager of a 6 bed family group home. Spells as a community development worker and advocate broadened his experience particularly in multi-cultural practice. Then in 2005 he came to NZ.

Working for Child Youth and Family, then OT for more than 15 years, Alan gained considerable experience working with young people & whanau affected by drugs, substance & alcohol abuse, a range of health and disability issues, mental health, and sexual and conduct issues were particularly prevalent.

Alan often worked with complex youth justice cases including High and Complex Needs, and those transitioning to living independently.

The nature of his work has ensured Alan is very familiar with the importance of working closely with local communities, which has included predominantly Maori, but also (in Manurewa) people with a Pacific Islander heritage. Other groups and communities were present in this very diverse area.

Alan is a Member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers.

Alan focusses on non-judgemental strength based social work, which sees the person as the expert in their own issues. He becomes a partner in the journey, offering support and advocacy. Alan is particularly experienced in working with other agencies, and has a track record of being particularly effective when advocating on housing and entitlement issues.

Phone: +64 21 270 3131

Cherin Abdelaal-Selim

Social worker & Counsellor
Phone: +64 27 817 3467

David Coom

David Coom has over thirty years in social services working with individual clients, couples, and seeing professionals for supervision.
David also works with companies offering support and counselling for employees, as well as providing mental well-being workshops for organisations throughout New Zealand.

Social Worker
Phone: +6427 221 2967

Delwyn Harvey

Delwyn gained Social Work qualifications in Christchurch in 2003 and for 16 years has held various roles within the statutory child protection services in Christchurch and North Canterbury. Delwyn Has worked with children and their families, co-ordinated and facilitated family group conferences, and worked alongside caregivers and parents. She has also coordinated multi-disciplinary social service professionals via the Childrens Team in North Canterbury.

Delwyn’s most recent role has been to Supervise a team of Social Workers. Along the way she has gained experience in the Family Court arena and has knowledge of social services throughout Christchurch and North Canterbury.

Delwyn is a registered Social Worker (Social Work Registration Board # 239) and holds a current practicing certificate. She is also a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers and hold a current Certificate of Competency in Social Work Practice.

Delwyn’s top five strengths (Gallup Clifton StrengthsFinder) are Relator, Connectedness, Activator, Command and Strategic.

Social Worker
Phone: +64 27 369 0667

Elizabeth Hamilton

Elizabeth’s discipline is social work. She has over 30 years of knowledge, skill and experience in older person’s health (especially dementia), and in palliative care.

She currently works in three main areas: professional supervision; counselling where change, transition, loss and grief are foremost; and as an ACC social worker under contract for sensitive claims and training in Independence. When requested, she presents education and training on change, loss and grief to community organisations.

Elizabeth is registered and a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers. She works compassionately and client focused, is a reflective listener, a supporter and an encourager.

Phone: +64 27 321 4840

Elle Morgan

Elle Morgan has been working as a registered psychologist since 2005.  Prior to this she worked as a primary school teacher mainly around Southland and Central Otago.  She has worked for the Ministry of Education Special Education Services through Otago, Wellington and Canterbury regions.  Elle has wide experience working across family, whanau and their support networks.  This has included using a variety of assessment tools to develop comprehensive plans, working in areas of high and complex needs, with people with disabilities and health needs, with at risk youth, and with people who have experienced trauma.

She is accredited to provide psychological services on behalf of ACC and she is an accredited Parent programme facilitator. Elle also provides Critical Incident Stress Management and counselling on behalf of employee assistance programme provider Vitae.

Areas of special interest include working with children, young people and facilitating parent support and education. She is also experienced in providing Supervision for practitioners within a variety of professional disciplines.

Phone: +64 22 689 3133

Emma Chapman

Social Worker/ Counsellor
Opawa Baptist Church
285 Wilsons Road

Phone: +64 20 4024 6424

Janine McIvor

Janine is a counsellor and registered social worker who has been practicing since 2004 and is a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers.

Janine has a non-judgmental approach. She believes that people have skills, strengths, and resources, but sometimes need support to reconnect to their resources to work through difficulties in their life. She has had over 18 years’ experience working with people experiencing mental health
difficulties, survivors of sexual abuse, children, teenagers, and families.

Janine’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (psychology/sociology), Graduate Diploma in Social Work (with distinction) & a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling from the University of Canterbury. She is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

In her counselling, Janine likes to combine solution-focused therapy with cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness techniques. Janine is an accredited ACC sensitive claims provider approved to work with individuals and groups.

Phone: +64 27 406 6167

Joanne Frethey


Julie Densem

Julie is a registered, experienced Clinical Psychologist and a Family Therapist.  

Julie has experience working with children, adults, adolescents and families.  She uses several different approaches, which have been established as being effective through research.  These include EMDR, for trauma, anxiety and phobias, and cognitive behavioural techniques for difficulties with self-esteem, major depressive disorder and parenting.  Gentle exploration can help us face griefs and old issues that are preventing us from being with ourselves

Phone: + 64 20 4032 9355

Kathy Mackenzie

Phone: +64 27 202 2284

Kimberley Wilson

Phone: +64 21 540 214

Louise Barber

Counsellor & Social Worker
Phone: +64 22 594 1055

Lynda Jelley

Social Work is Lynda’s registered discipline which underpins her knowledge, skills & professional ethics within the healing field. Lynda integrates a variety of counselling methods including: ‘Hakomi’ method of experiential psychotherapy; which incorporates the following five principles: mindfulness, organicity, unity, holism and non-violence and ‘Interactive Drawing Therapy’.

Experience within – Stopping Violence, Mental Health, Addiction, Women’s Services, Prisons, Training & facilitating.

Lynda’s traditions, values and beliefs are moulded through the connection to the land and nature; this connection has given me a sense of belonging and spiritual identity. She enjoys family, friends, pets and the great outdoors.

Phone: +64 22 313 0259

Maree Stace

I have a bachelor in counselling and offer family, whanau care through Tui Counselling Services. This care includes individual and relationship therapy as well as workshops. I have worked with a varied age group from children, adolescents, young adults, adults, couples and families. Specializing in the areas of anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relationships, pregnancy, abortion, parenting, self-esteem and values. My style of practice is being relational with a clients centered approach, incorporating Narrative, Imago and Creative therapies.

Social Worker
Phone: +64 21 0292 0681

Mary McCaffrey

Mary is a honest and hard working professional with 27 years experience as a Social Worker, Brief Intervention Worker, Probation Officer, Group Facilitator, External Supervisor, Trainer and Manager within both statutory organisations and NGO’s in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Passionate about Social Justice and committed to contributing to positive, reality based change for individuals. Motivated by working alongside others to help them overcome challenges in a constructive, energetic and supportive way. A clear communicator and skilled reflective listener whose aim is to affirm and support individuals to affect the changes they wish to make in their lives.  

Areas of Speciality:
-Alcohol and Other Drug Misuse
-Anxiety and Depression
-Family Violence
-Anger Management 
-Relationship Issues
-Offending Behaviour
-Abuse and Trauma (Including Sexual Abuse)
-Grief and Loss 
-Low Self-Esteem and Confidence Issues 
-Stress Management
-Conflict Resolution

Counsellor & Social Worker
Phone: +64 27 961 8860

Nikki Pileff

Phone: +64 21 164 9688

Ruth Humphries

Counsellor & Social Worker

Sarah Garrett


Phone: + 64 21 238 0997

Teracia Sehgal

Associates that work in Christchurch

Candice Larson;  Psychologist

Fleur Abrahamson;  Psychologist

Jenny Hunter; Psychologist

La Vida Counselling Service;

Margaret Evans;  Psychologist

Nathan Gillespie; Psychologist

Prue Wignall; Speech & Language therapist

Rashi Gadekar; Psychotherapist

Ruby Myers Cough-Nagy; Clinical Supervisor

Sarah Whitcombe-Dobbs; Psychologist

Shannae Kean Psychologist

Sharyn Gousmett; Psychologist