Meet the Team
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. Richard was a part of the formational team that created E Tū Tāngata, a charity dedicated to ending the Tall Poppy Syndrome.
He has authored two books: Centred: Knowing who you are in an off-balanced world, and There’s a Happy Moon in My Side (a children’s book).
BD, BTH (Hons), MCouns (Distinction), MNZAC
Hazel is an experienced, effective, and sought after counsellor and supervisor. She works with all age groups and enjoys couple counselling and supporting parents and leaders in their roles. She is skilled in equipping people with new perspectives and strategies to feel better and live more successfully. Hazel is warm, caring and easy to relate to and her experience as a parent, school teacher and leadership coach adds to her understanding.
DipTch, BEd, DipCouns, MNZAC
Chris offers a caring and practical approach. He enjoys working with adults and couples to help them overcome obstacles, increase life satisfaction and enhance wellbeing. Chris also provides professional supervision to those in leadership roles. He has many years’ experience working in the commercial sector and with government organisations where he refined his skills in the areas of leadership development, communication and conflict resolution.
M Couns, MBA, B.Eng, DipCoaching, CertAdultEd, PMNZAC
Steve is passionate about helping people find freedom in their thoughts, emotions, and relationships. He works with adults, including couples, and has a special interest in counselling areas such as grief, emotions, burnout, and conflict resolution. With many years’ experience in leadership and communication, he is keen to help leaders remain emotionally healthy and resilient.
DipMin, Dip Couns, PMNZAC
Warren specialises in providing professional supervision to assist leaders and those in helping professions refine their skills and maintain good mental health. He has a passion to see leaders thrive in all their respective roles in life. Warren has over 30 years experience in pastoral leadership, and knows personally the many and varied pressures that leaders face.
BTheol (Hons), PGCertProfSup
Sarah enjoys working with adults, teens, children and parents. She is passionate about counselling and the power of the therapeutic relationship to bring healing, insight and personal growth. She has a special interest in the area of grief and loss. Sarah has a knack for working with children and young adults – funding may be available for 5 – 24-year-olds.
BA, Dip Couns, MNZCCA
Ana brings a warm, friendly and genuine approach to counselling. She is skilled at working with a range of age groups including teens, adults and parents. Ana has many years of experience working with young people and whanau, helping them navigate complex issues. Whatever season you are in or issue you are facing, you will find Ana is not easily shaken, offering you a calm space in which to process, heal, and grow. With significant ministry experience Ana understands the complexities and pressures many people face in leadership and people caring roles.
PGDipEd, MCouns, PMNZAC
Matt is a skilled counsellor with a genuine and calming presence. He provides a safe environment for clients and supports them to achieve their outcomes throughout their wellbeing journey. Matt works with a wide range of people, from 18 years up, and has specialised training in the areas of addictions and mental health. He has a special knack of working with those experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, and change.
Kath offers a safe and collaborative counselling space where people can explore, unpack, heal, and thrive. She works with adults and adolescents and is passionate for them to have genuine and mana-enhancing experiences. Kath has a special interest in the areas of trauma, spiritual abuse, grief, relationship challenges, parenting, and building a healthy self-identity. You can also book for professional supervision. After many years’ experience of working is leadership roles herself, she is committed to helping leaders be healthy, resilient and whole within their roles.
Jennifer Black is our administrator. She operates mainly behind the scenes keeping everything running well. She’ll be the one to respond to your email enquiries. Jennifer is married to Richard and has been a formational part of Mind Heath from the beginning.
Locations: Nelson, Wellington – Ngauranga & Karori, Christchurch – Riccarton, and Online