Richard Black

Richard is the founder and director of Mind Health. He is sought after as a counsellor, coach and communicator, and has been involved in people work for over 25 years. Richard has the knack of being able to communicate complex issues in a way that is practical and easy to understand. Through his counselling, training, and public speaking he helps people enhance their thinking, be proactive in relationships, and thrive in life.  He has authored two books: Centred: Knowing who you are in an off-balanced world, and There’s a Happy Moon in My Side (children's book).

BA, BD, MCouns (Distinction), MNZAC


Hazel Prickett

Hazel counsels adults, teenagers, couples and families, and has a special knack working with children. Her experience as a primary school teacher and leadership coach adds to her knowledge and understanding.

DipTch, BEd, DipCouns, PMNZAC


Chris Dalglish

Chris is an experienced coach and facilitator. He has many years’ experience working in the commercial sector and with government organisations. Chris is passionate about working with leaders, teams and individuals to overcome obstacles and enhance wellbeing and productivity. He has particular skills in the areas of leadership development, communication, conflict resolution and emotional wellbeing.

B.Eng, CertREBT, CertAdultEd, DipCoaching, CertCouns, MBA


Kirstie Wilton

Kirstie has had many years of experience working in management with diverse groups of people. She is keen to help people change, and see them equipped to overcome what life throws at them.  She counsels adults, teenagers, couples and families, and has a soft spot for the older generation. Kirstie sees children from 10 years of age.



Laura Hanna

Laura loves working with people from a variety of ages and backgrounds. She has a particular interest and training in mental health and addictions counselling. Laura is both astute and highly relatable. It is her passion to see people grow in their overall wellbeing.

BTheol, DipMH, BCouns, PMNZAC


Joanne Ballingall

Joanne has a wonderful ability to work with adults, adolescents and children. She is compassionate and insightful. Joanne has been in ministry and knows the pressures many face in caring for others. She also desires to support parents in their role of parenting, and has an engaging way of working with children. Her aim is to help people gain the insights they need to thrive in life.

DipMin, BA (Psych), BCouns, PMNZAC


Steve Gwyn

Steve is passionate about counselling people of all ages, helping them to find freedom in their thoughts, emotions and relationships. He has a special interest in counselling areas such as grief, emotions, burn-out and conflict resolution. With many years’ experience in leadership and communication, he also keen to help leaders remain emotionally healthy and resilient. He currently completing is counselling qualification.



Larena Brown

Larena is passionate about helping clients reach their full potential in life. She works with all ages in an insightful and empathetic way. Larena counsels a range of issues including anxiety, depression, work, and relationships. She has a special interest and expertise in the areas of pregnancy and infertility. Larena is currently completing her counselling qualification.



Jennifer Black

Jennifer Black is our administrator. She operates mainly behind the scenes keeping everything running well and making everyone else look good. She'll be the one to answer your questions.


Locations: Auckland - Devonport, Wellington – Lower Hutt & Karori, Christchurch - Riccarton and Online