Counselling in Nelson

Kia ora my name is Donna Rivers, I grew up in Dunedin and I have been living in Nelson for the last 21 years. I have been providing professional counselling for 6 years and work in private practice locally in Central Richmond and once a week in Blenheim and I also offer online counselling sessions.
I am provisionally registered with New Zealand Association of Counsellors which provides a strong code of ethics and complaints procedure.

I provide counselling walking alongside whānau with a range of issues from anxiety, depression, prolonged grief disorder, suicide bereavement, relationship problems, trauma, self-esteem and much more.

My Counselling Approach

I provide a gentle approach utilising te ao Māori and western world approaches to develop effective strategies, or a longer term move towards more distressing issues.

The modalities of practice utilised are Pūrakau Pūtāketanga, Te Whare Tapa Wha, Meihana as well as the western world approaches Person-centred therapy, Solution-focused therapy, Cognitive behavioural therapy and Outdoor therapy.

I look forward to welcoming whānau to share the journey of healing in a way that is conducive to whānau.

Tēnā koutou te whānau.
Ko wai au.
Ko Kurahaupo te Waka,
Ko Ngāi Takoto te Iwi,
Ko Tuwhakatere te Tupuna,
Ko Rangi Aniwaniwa te Maunga,
Ko Rangaunu te Moana,
Ko Awanui te Awa,
Ko Waimanoni te Marae,
Ko Wikitoria te Whare Tupuna,
Ko Donna Rivers tōku ingoa,
Nō Ōtepoti tōku kainga e noho ana inaianei ko Whakatu Te Tau Ihu o te Waka-a-Maui ahau.
He Whakatauki
“He iti Pioke no Rangaunu he au tona”
No reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.
Donna Rivers, Nelson Counsellor

About Me

I have a Bachelor of Applied Social Science Counselling degree, I have previous study in Business IT Technology, Small Business Management, and learning in Rongoā Māori.

I have continued training in the areas of Trauma, Working with Trauma using Māori Tikanga-base Models of practice, Addictions, the Outdoor Experience in Therapy, and Wairuatanga Connection to Māori suicide.