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Community Counsellor

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Please use the provided contact information  to arrange a meeting or if you would like to talk to me.

Andrew Connelly (M.Ed. (Hons) Counselling,  MNZCCA, MNZAC, ACSD)

Areas of Specialisation
With a background in horticulture, community development and career counselling as well as a Masters degree in counselling, Andrew brings breadth and depth to his counselling.  For ten years he has counselled men, young men and their families in Helensville.
Andrew has lived in the Helensville area with his wife and two children for over 20 years and was founding Director of the Men and Family Centre, the venue formerly operated by the South Kaipara Men’s Trust.  He has particular interests in working with men, young men and school children.  Personal and professional interests relate to anger, relationships, sexual addictions and spirituality.  He is recognized as an ACC provider.  He believes no one should be prevented from receiving quality professional counselling because they can’t afford it.

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Other  sources of counselling services...

Not everyone is able to attend counselling locally and some men may not wish to do so.  Because we acknowledge that, here are some useful links to other sources of help for men and their families.  (Please note that the South Kaipara Men's Trust has listed these links to help men to find their own solutions but the Trust does not have any responsibility for the nature and calibre of services offered and nor do we exercise any control or influence over the costs of services you may choose to receive.)

This agency provides counselling for men by men.  Man Alive counsellors are trained and experienced in dealing with men's issues, so they'll understand yours. They'll help you develop a broader range of options to deal with the issues.

Lifeline provides high quality, affordable face-to-face counselling in Whangarei, Auckland, and Hamilton. It's available 24/7 and children can speak with specially-trained and supervised telephone counsellors aged 16-24 between 4pm and 9pm Monday to Friday.  (Kidsline is a member of Child Helpline International.)  Lifeline also works as a Suicide Prevention provider.

Youthline works on a wide range of issues, from relationship stuff (family issues, girlfriend issues), emotional stuff (feeling down, grief or losing someone close, experiencing tough times), to helping you to connect with services or help in your community.

A trained Youthline counsellor will work with you to develop a plan to support your short or longer term needs.

Our purpose is to connect and inspire men. Our approach is experiential, holistic and 100% New Zealand-grown in response to the needs and diversity of men in New Zealand. We conduct events for men of all ages and foster an ethos of men supporting each other within the context of their whanau and community. We encourage community development, a culture of service, and respect for women.


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10 Awaroa Road, Helensville, 0800
Tel:  027-8008081