We offer free and confidential short-term counselling, helping to equip you to deal with life's challenges.

If you're seeking support in relation to your mental health and wellbeing, we offer free counselling services. Our counsellors use a range of therapeutic approaches to better equip people to deal with life’s challenges.

This service is available to:

  • People living with HIV 
  • People affected by HIV (e.g. partners, whānau and friends)
  • Men who have sex with men

What can I talk to counsellors about?

Every person's situation is different. These are some of the types of things our clients work through with us:

  • Managing a new HIV diagnosis
  • Living with HIV (eg: the impact of stigma)
  • Ageing with HIV
  • Supporting a significant other/whānau with HIV
  • Sexual and gender identity
  • Sexual behaviour including sexual dysfunction and sex addiction
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Self-esteem and self-care
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Substance use and harm minimisation (Please note we are not specialists in substance use and harm minimisation)

 

Request an appointment

To request an appointment for a counselling assessment, call us on 0800 802 437 or complete the form below:

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Meet our Counsellors:

Richard Nind

Originally from the UK, I moved to Auckland with my partner (now husband) in 2002. I have worked with many different cultures and I have a particular interest in working with survivors of sexual abuse and trauma, grief and loss, sexuality, self-esteem, and identity and helping couples navigate difficult times in their relationships.

My counselling approach is to provide a safe and non-judgemental environment for my clients. Therapy often involves providing emotional support for people adjusting to living with HIV or developing new skills in relationship and self-management as well as processing internalised shame or homophobia. Clients also seek therapy to improve their self-esteem, to understand themselves so they can experience fulfilling relationships, to help with the coming out process, or to be able to change unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns.

I am happy to work with couples and individuals. I work at the Burnett Centre on Wednesday evenings and Thursday daytime only.  

I am a registered member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.

Mark McGoram

I have been counselling at the New Zealand Aids Foundation since 2019, working with clients from the LGBTQI community and people living with HIV, dealing with issues of identity, coming out, isolation, shame and stigma.

I am a gay man who has been out and proud for over 25 years. I have a strong belief that everyone can have a sense of their own personal identity, regardless of their sexuality, where they can embrace their unique life pathway without judgement. I feel strongly connected to a humanistic approach to counselling where the therapeutic relationship is client-centred, where he can sit alongside the client and be present.

It is vital for me to create an environment of trust, openness and mutual respect that promotes and encourages success and a positive outcome in the lives of my clients. I try to utilise my existing life skills and further enhance my abilities and passion with total genuineness, unconditional positive regard and empathy for my clients.

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