The Hope Community Trust runs a professional counselling service in which we aim to provide quality outcomes whilst removing barriers to accessing help with a wide range of issues.
All you need to do is to contact us and we will meet with you to talk about how we can help you. At this time you can work out which of the counsellors may best suit you, what the cost will be, who has referred you and what goals you have. Our service is confidential and all information collected is securely stored.
Gaye White (B. COUNS., MNZCCA)
Counselling Coordinator /Counsellor
Gaye is the co-ordinator and as such does most of the client needs assessments and matching these needs to the counselling staff. She also supervises the counselling team. Gaye has a number of counselling clients with particular interest in broken families and those who feel helpless and isolated. In her spare time she is a keen gardener and recharges with family time
Sue Page (B. COUNS., MNZCCA PROV.)
Sue enjoys working alongside people of all ages including children. The development of self -awareness and a strong identity are a part of her focus. Sue undertook her training at Laidlaw College. Away from work she enjoys outdoor pursuits, time with family and friends and music.
Steve Brown (B. COUNS., DIP. BS., MNZCCA)
Steve Brown’s focus is to help people into greater wholeness, use their strengths and reach their potential. He works primarily with adults, couples and children. Steve has grown up with a farming background and still enjoys the rural life.
Allistair Odgers (B. COUNS., MNZAC PROV.)
Allistair counsels all ages and has a strong background focused on drug and alcohol issues within the North Canterbury area .Like all our team he works with any issue as it comes up. In his spare time he is outdoors, with his family and playing sports.
Lisa Jackson (DIP. COUNS., NZAC STUDENT MEMBER)
Lisa works primarily with adults and has a particular interest in childhood attachment styles. She has settled in NZ after arriving from the UK back in 2011. Lisa enjoys the outdoors, fitness and social contact.
Counselling Intern (2018-2019)
Johanna is a counselling intern at the Trust. Johanna’s counselling approach is relational and practical. She works mostly with adults trying to cope with whatever life has thrown their way. Outside of work she unwinds outdoors and with family.
Counselling Intern (2019)
Virginia is in her final year studying at Laidlaw College towards a Bachelor in Counselling at Laidlaw College. She has joined the Hope Community Trust team as she feels it gives her a wonderful opportunity to implement her learning and help clients. Virginia enjoys being in nature, reading and being involved in creative activities.
Counselling Intern (2019)
Sarah is a second-year counsellor-in-training at Vision College. She expressed that the placement with Hope Community Trust means she can work in a professional environment and learn from the team as a whole. She likes spending time outdoors, relaxing with family and friends and expressing her creativity through art and gardening
Nyrene Taylor (DIP. COUNS., MNZCCA PROV., CERT. FAC. SUP.)
Group Co-ordinator / Counsellor
Nyrene coordinates and administrates our therapeutic groups. She is responsible for supervising the facilitators and assists with ongoing training. Nyrene also counsels vulnerable adults, youth and children to explore and heal from trauma, grief and loss. Spending time relaxing with family, exploring nature and listening to music helps her to keep a balanced lifestyle.