Our team (Counselling and Mental Health)

​All of our counsellors and mental health advisors are professionally trained and are members of their relevant professional body. We also have intern counsellors at the City Campus who are in their final stage of training and ready to work with individuals.

​Counsellors and mental health advisors have supervision with another professional as a requirement of their practice. Supervisors provide feedback on the counsellor or mental health advisor’s work and support their professional development.​​

Peter Shimwell – Manager Student Counselling and Mental Health

BA Hons. (Psychology), MA (Youth and Community), PG Cert (Management and Supervision), DAPAANZ, Ara Taiohi

Kia ora koutou, I’m Peter. I have the privilege of leading the Student Counselling and Mental Health Team here at AUT

Originally from the UK I have lived and worked in Aotearoa since 2014 where I have helped develop community health services for children (tamariki), young people (rangatahi) and families (whānau), working with some of the most vulnerable people and groups in NZ. With a background in youth mental health, education, and community development, my role is to ensure my team are equipped to deliver the very best service to our student community particularly at times when students might be feeling stressed or overwhelmed in their journey through their studies.

I am passionate about wellbeing, health, and personal development, and I will ensure we work hard as a team to be here to support you when you need us, working closely with colleagues in our academic departments, student support services and external community agencies. We look forward to seeing you across our three campuses; keep well and keep safe.

Jo Fairclough, City Campus – acting Senior Mental Health Advisor

MA Psych, PGDip AT, BA Couns, PMNZAC

I was born in London, grew up in Kuala Lumpur, and have moved around a fair bit in my life since. I came to Aotearoa ten years ago, and I’m now a full citizen and feel very blessed to be putting down roots in this beautiful land.

I was drawn to study Psychology at the University of Edinburgh mostly to better understand myself, and that stirred a calling to work in mental health. I’m creative and passionate about artistic expression, so I did a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Therapy at Whitecliffe. I then qualified as a Counsellor through Wintec, which gave me a strong grounding in therapeutic practice and in NZ’s unique socio-political history and context. I have worked as a Counsellor in schools, in family violence and sexual harm, and in the public health sector, with a wide range of different people and issues.

I draw on several different methods and tailor my approach to suit the person I’m working with, informed partly by intuition, and partly by our collaborative conversations. I’m always interested in unpacking the full scope of any issue from micro to macro; from what’s going on at the neurological level, to understanding the personal history, to placing it within the context of wider social issues. Fundamental to my practice is supporting people to build a better relationship with themselves, as I think that is the key to wellness and resilience.

Hendon Stephens – Counsellor for Māori

BHSc (Couns); PGCert (Mental Health & Addictions); PGCert (Professional Supervision); PMNZAC; DAPAANZ

Tena koutou katoa e te whāanau

Ko Taumatamahoe toku Maunga

Ko Tinana te waka

Ko Te Ngonge te wai

Ko Te Tahāwai te Hapu

Ko Te Rarawa Te Iwi

No Pukepoto raua ko Rangi Point ahau

Ko Hendon Stephens taku ingoa.

My name is Hendon Stephens, the first Māori, and first male graduate of AUT’s counselling programme. I have a background in the addictions sector, working alongside addicts in recovery with varying degrees of mental health concerns. My experiences have enabled me to work in the community, with youth and within our prison systems using methods from a narrative, cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused, motivational interviewing, and strength-based practices. My practice is a delicate blend of westernised and indigenous principles that represent my way of being and place in Te Ao Māori and Pakeha realms. This connects me to my spiritual roots, which has provided me guidance throughout my counselling practice and personal journey.

“Mā te wairua tātou e kawe, koia rā taku mahi, kia mauritau te ākonga kia rere ki ngā taumata.”

“My role is about healing from within, assisting tauira (students) to find their wings so that they can fly.”

Mark Evans, City Campus

MHSc (Hons), PGDipCounsPsych, NZPsS

Hello, I have been a mental health advisor at AUT since 2020 after I completed my post-graduate training in Counselling Psychology (also at AUT).

Prior to joining AUT, I worked for almost 15 years in mental health, including as a graduate psychologist for the UK’s National Health Service and then as a Dual Diagnosis clinician for the Community Alcohol and other Drug Service (CADS) in New Zealand.

I have a particular interest in primary care mental health and Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT).  I strive to empower clients experiencing typical and atypical problems of living to enhance personal, social, educational, and vocational functioning. My practice is informed by a variety of scientific and phenomenological models, including cognitive behavioural therapy and solution focused therapy.

Jane McLean, City Campus

BHS (Occupational Therapy), OTBNZ

Kia ora koutou. My name is Jane. I am an occupational therapist and have joined the AUT student counselling team after working in a range of mental health settings including DHB and primary care services.

I value a holistic approach to mental wellbeing and enjoy working with people to identify their individual strengths, social supports, cultural and personal values, meaningful activities, whilst developing skills/strategies to manage the challenges of daily life and associated thoughts and feelings.

I draw on acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and occupational therapy models to inform my practice.

Seeking support takes courage and I aim to bring a gentle and warm presence to sessions.

Morgan Daw, City Campus

BSW (Hons.), PGCert (Mental Health & Addictions), SWRB, ANZASW

Tēnā koe! Ko Morgan Daw tōku ingoa.

Hello, my name is Morgan Daw and I have spent much of my life living in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa, after immigrating from the United Kingdom in 2004; I consider myself a Kiwi and feel Aotearoa is my home. I am a registered Social Worker and studied Social Work for four years at Massey University alongside studying at AUT for my Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health & Addictions. After five years of being a full-time university student alongside working where I could, I feel as though I have a solid understanding of the complexities of student-life and the difficult challenges that come alongside it, both academically and the potential impact on the wellbeing of ourselves.

Before I started here at AUT, I worked in the field of acute child & adolescent mental health for almost five years, both in the non-government sector and for a district health board. I feel as though I have a range of experience in the therapeutic environment, I love working from a systemic and psychotherapeutic approach to anxiety, depression, OCD, relationship challenges, struggles with identity and the difficulties humans experience with gender identity, sexuality, and anything LGBTQIA+.

I strive to make the therapeutic space safe and warm by getting to know who you are first and foremost, alongside working transparently with you to reach goals in therapy. I also endeavour to de-colonize the work we do by researching and continuing to educate myself on culture, language and learning indigenous models of practice to assure you are respected and feel empowered.

Ali Bevan, City Campus

MSW, B.Soc.Sci (Couns.), SWRB

Kia ora, Talofa, Malo, Hello, my name is Ali and I am a Counsellor/ Mental Health Advisor at AUT. I am from the beautiful and sunny Eastern Bay of Plenty, Whakatane and have been in Auckland for 7 years. I have a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) from Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) and a Master of Social Work (Professional) from the University of Auckland. I have followed by own dreams and passions for mental health and wellbeing throughout my career to arrive now at AUT.

I come to AUT with a range of experience, working in Non-Government Organisations such as Emerge Aotearoa in a Mental health respite service and ATWC as a social worker in schools. I also come with Clinical experience from working as a Clinical Social Worker in Child and Adolescent Mental health most recently for the Auckland District Health Board. I was working with a range of moderate to severe mental health presentations and using evidence-based practice interventions to support young people on their recovery journey.

I am hugely passionate about continuing to work to support Student's wellbeing in order for them to thrive and achieve the goals that they have for themselves. I am a kind and compassionate person that always endeavours to put people at ease and feel safe and comfortable to speak about their challenges.

I love to work with evidence-based practice interventions as well as always taking a person-centred, strength-based, and holistic approach to each and every person that I meet.

Calvin Wang, City Campus

BHS (Occupational Therapy), NZROT

Kia ora, hello and Nihao, my name is Calvin. I was born and grew up in China. I came to New Zealand 17 years ago. I studied the Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) at AUT. Since I graduated in 2008, I worked in various type of mental health services/settings which includes non-governmental organisation and the district health board.

I am passionate in mental health support and students' wellbeing. I was an ex-international student at AUT. I deeply understood and valued the mental health issues and other stressors could potentially impacts not only on students' academic performance but also their health and wellbeing.

I value a client-first, relationship-centred, and non-judgemental approach in the education sector. I also use a strength-based approach.

I am trained in areas of intervention such as anxiety/stress/mood management skills/strategy, problem-solving, behavioural exercises, cognitive behaviour therapy, solution focus therapy. I have heart to support your health and wellbeing, alongside of your study journey at AUT.

Jessie Mathews, South and City Campus

BHsc (Occupational Therapy), PGCert (Mental Health and Addictions.), NZROT

Kia ora! My name is Jessie, born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. I am a registered occupational therapist and completed my Bachelor of Health Science [Occupational Therapy] and Post-Graduate Certificate in Mental Health & Addictions here at AUT.

Before joining the team at AUT, I was working in the mental health sector for a district health board. I have experience in working with adolescents and adults and providing support for people experiencing a range of mental health difficulties. My most recent role was in early intervention which I believe is important and I hope to bring those principles into my work here.

I am committed to supporting, enabling, and empowering students to achieve their goals, improve their well-being and learn skills to manage the ups, downs and challenges that come with student life and beyond. I draw on a range of different clinical models and interventions to guide my practice, and endeavour to create a safe and inclusive therapeutic space to work collaboratively with students.

Katie Gribble, North Campus

BHSc (OT), PGCert (Child and Adolescent Mental Health), NZROT

Kia ora tatou! My name is Katie. I grew up in Warkworth before moving down to Auckland to study Occupational Therapy, graduating from AUT. I completed further study through University of Auckland in child and adolescent mental health. Prior to coming to AUT as a counsellor/mental health advisor I have had a range of experience working primarily with children, adolescents, young adults, and their whanau experiencing mental health difficulties.

I am passionate about exploring and unpacking different challenges that may arise in the context of a person’s current and past experiences. I draw on principles from clinical interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialetical Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in my work and aim to provide practical tools and strategies.

I have a warm and non-judgmental approach in my practice and endeavour to be client centred in supporting people to reach individual goals and support their wellbeing.

Roseanna Lewery

BSc Occupational Therapy, NZROT

Kia Ora! My name is Roseanna and I am originally from the United Kingdom where I was born and raised in a place called Brighton. I finished my training as an Occupational Therapist in 2014 and made the move to Auckland in 2018 for what was meant to be a gap year; however, 4 years later New Zealand very much feels like home.

Prior to joining the AUT team I was working within community mental health services for the district health board which saw me work with a range mental health difficulties. Most of my experience is working with young adults and largely focusing on supporting them to maintain engagement in meaningful activity such as work/study whilst also receiving support for their mental health.

In my practice I draw from my occupational therapy principles and like to take a holistic approach. I like to work in partnership with students to identify current and past challenges but also the individual’s strengths and how these may be used to overcome their current challenges.  I have experience in providing a range of interventions such as anxiety management, distress tolerance, behavioral activation and sensory modulation. In my work I like to support individuals to build a tool kit to manage their well-being going forward and to be able to build resilience to the ups and downs that come with student life.

I take on a non-judgmental and warm approach and strive to create a safe therapeutic space when working with students. I am committed to working in collaboration with students to help them reach their goals and support their mental health and wellbeing.

Jessica Klippenstein – Senior Mental Health Advisor, City Campus (currently on parental leave)


I was born and raised in Canada., I trained there as a social worker specialising in mental health working with older adults, adults, children and youth. Since moving to beautiful Aotearoa, I’ve focused on child and adolescent mental health where I supported children, youth, and their families experiencing mental health struggles.

I’ve been trained in a variety of clinical interventions including cognitive behaviour therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy. I’m passionate about advocacy, mental health awareness, group and workshop development and facilitation, as well as evidence-based practice.

I strive for a client -centred and approachable practice that supports people to reach their goals and improve personal, educational, and social effectiveness. I enjoy skills -based practical strategies to build towards wellness.

Jess works at the City Campus, Monday to Friday (WB)

Contact us

Counselling and Mental Health
Phone: +64 9 921 9292
Email: counselling@aut.ac.nz

City Campus: Level 2, WB Building
North Campus: Level 2, AS building
South Campus: MB107b

Lifeline 24 Hour Support: 0800 543 354
Central Auckland Crisis Team: 0800 800 717

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