Affordable Counselling

In Wellington, Kapiti and Auckland, we offer affordable individual counselling and family therapy. Our counsellors/therapists are qualified and experienced and there to support you to solve your issues

Individual counselling

Parent Help offers a professional and affordable face-to-face counselling service for:

  • family problems
  • behavioural difficulties
  • relationship issues
  • child and adolescent counselling and therapy
  • individual parenting sessions
  • personal issues

Family therapy

Parent Help offers professional and affordable face-to-face family therapy to enhance:

  • parent and child relationships
  • the building of couple relationships
  • family/whānau relationships
  • blended and step family relationships

What is counselling?

 The counselling work may involve:

  • exploring emotions, thoughts and behaviour
  • becoming more aware of yourself, your values and what motivates you
  • planning and setting goals
  • improving your relationships
  • reducing your stress
  • doing things differently to bring about change in your life
  • learning alternative parenting strategies
  • exploring new ways of interacting with your child to improve your relationship

You can expect the counsellor to:

  • be trustworthy
  • respect your confidentiality
  • listen to you carefully and sensitively
  • discuss issues that are relevant and preferable to you
  • support you in making the changes you choose

Our counsellors are professionally trained and adhere to the code of ethics of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors, the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists and the Parent Help Code of Ethics.


Parent Help office, Level 4, 175 Victoria Street
Paraparaumu Community Centre, 15 Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu.

Location: 95 Great South Rd, Greenlane, Auckland 1051.

Our counselling sessions can be affordable to all – we don’t want costs to be a barrier for families who need assistance. If you are entitled to a Disability Allowance it may be possible for WINZ to cover your counselling costs.

The therapeutic session will be 1 hour. For the first session we would like you to arrive 15 minutes before to allow for time filling out paperwork.

If you wish to cancel, please do so at least 24 hours prior to your session. A cancellation fee may apply.


How to book an appointment

If you would like to book an appointment or if you have any questions about our counselling services, please

  • call us on (04) 802 5767 
  • or fill out the below form and we will get back to you as soon as possible

Request counselling

I AM HOPE – Free counselling for kids

We offer free counselling for kids in Wellington through I AM HOPE.

If you want to book an appointment for your child, please call our office on 04 802 5767 and mention that you would like to access funding through I AM HOPE and Gumboot Friday.

Accessible for all children up to and including 19 years of age.


Our Wellington counsellors/therapists

Maria Simblett

Maria has been working with individuals and families for many years both in New Zealand and the UK.  Maria enjoys working with families, applying a strength based approach and focusing on attachments within the parent/child relationship.  Maria has experience working with adults and children who have experienced trauma and abuse.

Maria has first-hand knowledge of what it is like to bring up children and manage family dynamics as she is a mother of three and a grandmother to four.

Maria (BSW, Grad Dip Counselling) is a member of SWRB and is working towards becoming a member of NZAC.


Mary Brownlow

Mary’s interests are working around relational issues, grief and loss, parent child difficulties and personal growth. Mary has experience in engaging families, individuals, groups, particularly with children, using creative ways of communicating and healing and using a strength based approach.

Mary has worked supporting families in a community hospice and in her private practice since 1991. She brings a warm, empathic presence and openness to her work.

Mary is a member of NZAC and the Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association.

“We appreciated our time with Mary at Parent Help.  We felt listened to and the advice given to us suited our situation.  As a family, we now have some new tools to help us, and wouldn’t hesitate to seek further advice from Mary if we needed to in the future.”

– A family (two parents and preteen/teen)




Heather Stevenson

Heather is currently a 3rd year student on the Bachelor of Counselling Program at WelTec. She brings her training as a Life Coach and Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programing to her practice and likes to work with a Solution Focused Approach to support individuals in their roles as parents and caregivers.

Heather has also completed Level 1 Clinical Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and plans to continue her development in this area alongside her training as a counsellor.

Heather brings her parenting experience from raising her two sons who are now in their early 20s, as well as a practical and compassionate approach to her work.


Pam Cassells

Pam has worked with parents, children and families for over thirty years in the roles of social worker, family therapist, advocate and counsellor.

Agencies she has worked in include child protection, family violence, child and adolescent mental health, disability and adult health.  She is a registered social worker (non practising) and provisional member of NZAC (awaiting interview for full membership).

Her qualifications include B.A, Sociology (Victoria University); Grad Dip Social Policy & Social Work (Massey University) and Post Grad Dip Counselling (Massey University)


Our Auckland counsellor

Olivia Selby

Olivia believes in creating a warm empathic space and tailoring each session to the needs of the individual. She works from a client centred and strengths based approach and believes in resourcing clients by working with them to build skills to help find a positive outcome to whatever situation or challenge they may be facing. Olivia works with both adolescents and adults and has particular experience in the following areas:

  • Relationship Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Trauma
  • Gender Identity Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Olivia (P.G Dip, Counselling Hons; B.A., Psychology) is member of NZAC (provisional).