Rata Counselling Centre Staff Christchurch


 Rata 2014 online


      Beth Garvey Senior Counsellor MNZAC, MTAAP   Dip. Counselling, Dip. Analytical Psychotherapy, Dip. Relationship & Psychosexual Counselling  B.Mus, TTC


Beth has a passion for her work at Rata. Working from a ‘client centred’ approach, Beth really enjoys helping her clients’ on their journey of growth and being with them as they understand who they are, identify what is important to them and discover their potential. Beth is a member of the local committee of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) as she has a deep interest in counselling and the local counselling scene. Prior to joining Rata, she worked as a secondary school teacher and a phone counsellor. Beth brings a Jungian approach to her work and has many counselling qualifications as well as supervision training.

When Beth is not at Rata she fufills her love of music by playing in two orchestras, and is involved in choirs. Photography is another passion of hers.

What Beth likes most about working at Rata is the friendly staff and warm, friendly supportive atmosphere. This touches every part of her day; to all the clients, staff and executive as well as the counsellors she supervises to help develop their counselling skills, approaches and abilities.

Karen Freeman  Administrator


Maria Moody – Receptionist       


Maria loves living in Christchurch, New Zealand and emigrated from England 15 years ago with her husband Ian and has a 14 year old daughter Jasmine who was born in NZ. Maria really enjoys working at Rata, meeting and interacting with the clients and working with all the friendly and caring counsellors and reception staff.

When not at Rata, Maria enjoys spending time with her family, her cat Milo and her dog Casper, she also enjoys listening to music, watching movies and walking.


Jennifer Purdie - Counsellor  B.Mus, Dip. Teach, Dip Coun, Provisional member NZAC


Amanda Hoffman - Counsellor  BFA, Dip. Coun, Prov MNZCCA



Debbie Thompson - Counsellor  Dip. Coun, Prov MNZCCA

Shirley Prendaville - Counsellor  Dip Developmental Psychology, Dip Archetypal Psychology, Dip Analytical Psychology, MNZAC  


Counsellors in Training 


Jocelyn Knipe - Vision College

Darryn Hickling - Laidlaw College

Hayley Shearer - Gestalt institute

Kate Bracefield - Gestalt Institute, Provisional member NZAC



Our Executive Committee are:

Jim Higgins Chairperson
Paula Taylor Treasurer
Mandy Nottingham Secretary
Carol Hannagan  
Robert Manthei  
George Te Pania  
Rosa Bellolio