Brent Cherry

Session Type

  • Face to face
  • Online


  • Lower Hutt - Monday and Tuesday
  • Paraparaumu - Wednesday and Thursday


Brent comes from a private practice counselling background of some 30 years. He has a unique set of counselling skills, developed over 30 years, combining; narrative therapy, mindfulness meditation, emotional agility and appreciative inquiry. He combines this with the latest research into happiness, trauma recovery, resilience and positive psychology. He specialises in working with – loss, grief and sorrow, heart break, life transition, life acceptance, recovering one’s mojo, depression, anxiety, anger, resentment, stress and chronic stress from both work and in one’s personal life. His counselling practice is about encouraging people he works with to become more emotionally agile – where they can create a space between stimulus (their hooks and hidden agendas) and their responses. He encourages clients to name and unpack their emotions, to observe and feel them in a new self compassionate light. As people learn to stay with and keep their emotions company, rather than avoid them, they become more resilient and able to cope with both current and past events.

He is also a skilled Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. Meditation became part of his life, when attended the Gawler Cancer Foundation, Living with Cancer programme in the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia, in 2004. Mindfulness meditation allowed him to cope and stay present as he faced his wife Karen’s death from Breast Cancer and to then engage with grief as it took him on a wild, feral and untamed ride.

In March 2016 I completed Meditation Teacher Training at The Gawler Cancer Foundation and became an approved provider of their 8 week Mindfulness Based Stillness Based Meditation Class.

Professional Body Membership

  • NZ Association of Counsellors

Areas of Expertise

  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • Health and Physical Issues
  • Past Trauma
  • Stress

Qualifications / Training

  • Social Work training Tiromoana Social Work Training School
  • Post Grad in Environmental Studies

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