Counselling & Psychology

Briar Haven

After 25 years, this practice has taken the tough decision to dissolve as a team. This is due to Geoffrey Samuels retiring, simultaneous with the sale of the premises from which we have all opperated from. Our lease was not renewable.

Briar Haven has new rooms and is contactable on 022 620 4235

If you have suffered trauma and loss in your life, you may have developed methods of coping that are causing problems now (with relationships, participation with family and public life, relaxation, sense of safety, sex, self-harm and so on). Together we can explore these patterns of interacting with the world, and develop new, more effective skills.

My primary objective is to work with clients to identify what they want their lives to reflect, and to help them to achieve their goals. My specialisation area is early childhood trauma, and historic sexual abuse. However I have more than 30 years of clinical experience working with adults and adolescents suffering from mood disorders, psycho-spiritual concerns, self-esteem, themes of meaninglessness, isolation and fear, major-life transitions and grief. My focus is on providing a compassionate therapeutic environment with a focus on warmth, relationship, and fostering and developing clients' inherent strengths.

Written by Admin on Wednesday October 1, 2014

Kathleen Huitema (BaSocSci, MNZAC)

Bachelor of Applied Social Sciences (Counselling)

  • Regestered Member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC)
  • Associate Member of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association (AANZPA)
  • Registered ACC Sensitive Claims Provider

207 Bridge St, Nelson, 7100
Ph 028 2554 1930
(My 028 number is a number, not a cell phone number)

I believe that everyone has the potential to change and move beyond feeling overwhelmed, unhappy, anxious, frustrated, lonely, isolated or stuck. With support and information, you can resolve past issues and make the changes needed to live life to its full potential. Talking to a counsellor, somebody other than a friend or relative, can provide you with an opportunity to express and explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, without guilt or feelings of being judged. My approach is warm, professional and down to earth. My commitment is wholehearted and genuine. Come see me at our Nelson Counselling practice oppersite the Suter Gallery in Nelson City.
Written by Admin on Friday November 28, 2014

John Parsons

Cyber Safety and Risk Assessment Consultant

BIT, Diplct5, Diplct6.

I am an Internet Safety and Risk Assessment Consultant to schools, the private sector and the health sector. I provide specialist advice and direction on the safe use of Digital Communication Technology.

I works alongside Police, Children Young Persons and their Families (CYF) and Health Professionals delivering training in child protection to attendees who come from a wide range of professions.
The focus of this work is the reduction of child abuse in New Zealand.
Written by Admin on Sunday August 16, 2015

Beverly Hodder (B.A. SocSci, RN, MNZAC)

Registrations and Qualifications

  • Registered Psychiatric Nurse
  • Registered General and Obstetric Nurse
  • Approved Counsellor - MNZAC
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Nursing)
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing - Mental Health
128 Hardy St, Nelson, 7010
Ph: 021 027 10332


Written by Admin on Thursday May 7, 2020