Bren Balcombe

Session Type

  • Face to face
  • Online
  • Phone


  • Monday-Thursday (9:30am - 4:30pm)


Kia ora, connecting to people is what counts – a warm, genuine real person is what I offer first and foremost. I bring over 30 years of combined experience and training to the counselling room. From Eastern practices and understanding of psychology to contemporary Western approaches of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I began working in the counselling field in 1999 with individuals, groups, couples and families addressing a wide range of issues. Relational problems, grief, anxiety, distress, depression and all forms of violence and abuse. Helping parents to negotiate parenting plans and making care arrangements. Providing workplace employee assistance for workplace issues and Professional Supervision.

The technical approach I use is influenced by a collection of ideas that are called Response-Based Practice (Allan Wade, Cathy Richardson, Shelly Bonnah, Linda Coates) but also Adult Attachment Theory (Susan Johnson – Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy) and Narrative Therapy (Michael White). In this work I am always learning – learning how to listen and respond. Recognizing the small yet significant things that are often overlooked. These are often meaningful attempts to uphold self-respect and dignity.

I continue to learn the power that other people’s responses, or the social responses have to either aid in recovery or continue to cause pain. How often those responses are overlooked leaving the person either believing that there is something broken or wrong about them or feeling trapped. Being a counsellor is a huge privilege, I’ve made working for people my life and I find it extremely rewarding.

Areas of Expertise

  • Anger or violence issues
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Couples therapy
  • Family issues
  • Grief & Loss
  • Stress
  • Workplace performance and relationships

Qualifications / Training

  • Bachelor of applied social sciences major Psychotherapy
  • Master of Professional Practice (Distinction)
  • NZ Association of Counsellors

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