Our team (Counselling and Mental Health)

​All of our counsellors 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.​​

Jess Stevens – Senior Mental Health Advisor, City Campus

BA Psych, PGDip (Couns.), MNZAC

Jess has experience working in a range of services prior to working at AUT, including the district health board and non-profit organisations. She uses narrative therapy, solution focused therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy in her work.

Jess is continuing with her own studies and has a lot of empathy for the challenges and rewards of tertiary study. She works with students to explore solutions to problems within their strengths, values, social contexts and cultural background, and supports a sense of agency. She also supports students to access mental health support available in the community.

Jess has expertise in working with addictions, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. Her counselling style is warm, non-judgemental and encouraging.

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

Amanda Lees – Counsellor, North Campus

MA (Hons), MEd(Couns) (Hons), MNZAC

Amanda's counselling practice is influenced by neuroscience and the mind-body connection. She has a humanistic and client-centred approach, uses a range of strategies to facilitate change, and works with clients to build capacity for a more vital life.

Amanda provides a warm and safe space for working with issues about the ‘self’ and identity, self-worth, loss and grief, disruptive emotions, neglect and abuse, relationships, transitions, cultural adjustment, spirituality, and personal change.

Amanda's work history includes town planning, market research and tertiary counselling.

Amanda works at the North Campus (AX) on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Anna Fleming – Counsellor for Māori, City Campus

MPsychotherapy, Te Rūnanga o Waka Oranga, MNZAP

Tēnā koe! Ko Anna Hinehou Fleming tōku ingoa. Ko Ngāti Hine me Tūhoe ngā iwi.

Mā te rongo, ka mohio; mā te mohio, ka marama; mā te marama, ka mātau; mā te mātau, ka ora.

Through perception comes awareness, through awareness comes understanding, through understanding comes knowledge, from knowledge comes wellbeing.

Anna Fleming's whakapapa connects her to Ngāti Hine in the north, Tūhoe and Te Urewera, and London, England. Anna trained as a psychotherapist at AUT, and prior to this worked as a social worker.

Anna believes that therapy and counselling provide a way to gain support and understanding in times of difficulty. Her aim is to provide her clients with a safe environment to share what is going on for them, and together to explore understandings, possibilities and solutions.

Her practice is informed by both indigenous and psychodynamic models which offer a holistic, overall perspective to health and wellbeing. Her areas of interest include Māori health, attachment theory, identity issues, family dynamics, stress and anxiety.

Three days a week, Anna is situated within the Student Counselling and Mental Health space, and on Thursdays she works from the Māori Liaison Services space.

Anna works at City Campus (WB) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Katie Hunter – Counsellor/Mental Health Advisor, City Campus

BHSc(Counselling), MNZAC

Katie is a former student of AUT, graduating with a Health Science degree in Counselling. Prior to working at AUT, she worked with young people in diverse and challenging environments, and with young people who had alcohol and drug addictions. She helped them to make positive and lasting changes in their own lives and that of their family and whānau.

Katie offers support dealing with depression, anxiety, grief and emotional distress including anger management, low self-esteem and self-harm. She uses different therapeutic techniques according to what is appropriate for the individual client and can assist clients in reaching realistic and achievable goals. In addition, she encourages clients to learn ways in which to best support themselves during deeply challenging times. Modalities include CBT, DBT, ACT, Solution Focused.

Katie works at the City Campus (WB) Mondays to Fridays.

Rick Cusack - Counsellor, City Campus

MA Appl (SW), Grad Dip Psychotherapy, MNZAP

After growing up in the South Island, Rick studied at the University of Otago then went on to become a secondary school teacher in the Hawke’s Bay and Solomon Islands. He later trained as a social worker at Victoria University, then completed the Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy at AUT.

Rick has primarily worked in hospitals, alcohol and drug services and tertiary institutions. He can help you cope with addictions, anxiety and depression, sexuality issues, stress and many other issues.

Rick understands that how people relate to each other is the primary place from which to develop skills in living.

Rick works at the City Campus (WB) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Hendon Stephens – Counsellor, South Campus

BHSc (Couns); PGCert (Mental Health & Addictions); Prov MNZAC; Reg DAPAANZ

Kia ora tatou e te whanau

Ko Te Rarawa me Ngati Tuwharetoa oku Iwi.

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 modalities from a narrative, CBT, solution-focused, motivational interviewing, and strength based practice. My practice is a delicate blend of westernised and indigenous principles that represent my way of being. This connects me to my spiritual roots which has provided me guidance throughout my counselling journey.

I will endeavour to extend my counselling portfolio in 2020, with a PGDip in Professional Supervision at University of Auckland.

I am working at the South Campus full time and available in the MB Building. Feel free to arrange a time to book an appointment with me when you’re available.

Mauri ora!

Rachel Cusack – Counsellor/Mental Health Advisor, City and North Campuses

BA Hons SocSci, Post Grad – ECDevYrs

Rachel obtained her qualifications in her home country of Ireland and graduated with in 2010. She has been living in New Zealand since 2012 specialising in working with people with addictions and co existing mental health issues. Rachel has also worked with a lot of people in the criminal justice system by assisting those charged with drug offences to be treated with a health issue through counselling.

Rachel has eight years’ experience in counselling and uses CBT modalities as well as DBT and Motivational interviewing. Rachel has a particular interest working with mental health disorders, addictions, overseas students, stress related issues, anger management, sexual identity and domestic violence issues.

Rachel works Mondays and Tuesday on the North Campus and Wednesday to Friday in the City Campus.

Lili Latham – Counsellor/Mental Health Advisor, South Campus

PGDipCounsTh, BCouns, DipPsych, DipTrauMgt, MNZAC

Lili has worked in a variety of settings, including high schools, university, sexual harm, family violence and family therapy. She provides a warm, safe, genuine and understanding environment, and tailors her therapy to best support the client’s individual issues and goals.

Lili has a huge heart for working with students, knowing personally the challenges that can arise during a student’s study journey. Lili works collaboratively to help students overcome their barriers to succeeding with their studies.

Lili maintains relationships with local mental health agencies in South Auckland and can help students access wider support in their area.

Lili is very experienced in working with anxiety, depression, stress, anger, relationship issues, sexual assault and abuse, trauma and grief.

Lili works at South Campus, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (MB).

Attie Loots – Counsellor/Mental Health Advisor, City and North Campus

MNZAC

Attie is of Dutch heritage and was born in Holland, she was brought up in Waitākere since a young age. Attie is a counsellor by profession. She has a background in working with young people experiencing issues around alcohol / drug use and mental health difficulties.

Attie enjoys working with people helping them to become unstuck from the difficulties they are experiencing so they can live life more fully and in line with what is important to them.

Attie uses ideas from a range of models including Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Attie appreciates a respectful stance and safe environment when working with people, she values clients ability to get through the tough times and together to explore ways to regain a sense of overall wellbeing.

Erica March - Counsellor/Mental Health Advisor, City Campus

DClinPsy

Erica trained in Clinical Psychology at the University of Auckland. She has subsequently engaged in Open Floor, Movement Therapy training. Erica has experience working with adults and adolescents, with a range of difficulties (such as worries, mood, and interpersonal dynamics). She has a particular interest in spiritual and sexual considerations, which was the focus of her doctoral research. Her work is informed by a variety of therapeutic models including: ACT, CBT, DBT, and Movement Therapy. She works in a manner that is client centred and creative.

Erica works at the City Campus Monday to Friday.

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

Locations
City Campus: Level 2, WB Building
North Campus: AX Building
South Campus: MB107b

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