Individual Sessions

Individual counselling is a therapy session which involves a single client who speaks confidentially with a therapist. The purpose of such therapy is to meet in a safe environment where the client can discuss and process any issues he or she may have with a trained therapist.

Most individual sessions are:

  • one hour long
  • weekly
  • on the same day each week at the same time
  • have therapeutic goals based on the client's needs
  • sessions cost $125 per hour.


Emma Watkins is a registered I am Hope Counsellor. You may be eligible for free counselling through this service. Information can be found at:

Support for individual sessions is also available through WINZ CAP Counselling support. Information can be found at:




 ACC Counselling


Any adult or child who experiences sexual abuse in New Zealand, is eligible for ACC counselling. It doesn't matter how long ago it happened ACC will support you when you are ready. You do not have to report the event to the Police to get counselling from ACC for sexual violence. Everybody has a different response to the abuse they suffered. For example, you might be depressed, anxious, have sexual problems, not be able to trust people, abuse drugs or alcohol, have nightmares or flashbacks, have relationship problems, or just feel unsafe. If you are unsure whether you meet ACC criteria, please contact us or ACC to discuss your circumstances. There is no cost to ACC ISSC sessions. ACC pays the full cost for counselling if you meet the criteria.




Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge. Theraplay sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.

  • Parent/caregiver attends the session with the child
  • Mainly used with children aged 14 and under
  • Focus is on co-regulation, connection and relationships
  • Learn playful strategies for parenting and engaging with your child
  • Usually a recommended course of Theraplay sessions would be 16-20 weeks.


Specialised therapeutic support for children and adults. ACC Accredited counsellor and registered Art Therapist.




Papanui Youth Centre,

1a Harewood  Road, Christchurch 8053

021 - 932 - 855



Monday - Thursday: 09:00 to 2:30


Blue Brush Therapy is a family focused service. In our experience children find it challenging to attend a therapeutic session after school when they are tired as they need time to play or relax. To ensure our clients have as positive an experience as possible our standard operating hours are during school term times and hours.




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