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Lea | Counselling and Psychotherapy

Counselling & Psychotherapy Richmond NZ
485 Hill Street
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Counselling and Psychotherapy Richmond NZ

My name is Lea.

With a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology, I am certified in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. A graduate therapist in Integrative Psychotherapy (Hakomi) and am a certified Buddhist chaplain.

Specialising in loss, grief, and end-of-life counselling, I have extensive experience using mindfulness and cognitive behavioural skills therapy for depression, anxiety, workplace stress, and burnout. 

I work in a way that is client centred, valuing the clients' lead in exploring their difficulties at their own pace and in their own way - I see my role as a guide in this process.

I also run Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy groups in Nelson and on-line. And coach individuals in the MBCT programme.

I draw on a range of therapeutic modalities, including mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychoeducation, mindful and somatic psychotherapy (Hakomi), and non-sectarian chaplaincy counselling.

If you want to know more or make an appointment, contact me.


Online therapy

60 minute sessions via zoom

Qualifications and registrations

Professional Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Integrative Psychotherapy (Hakomi graduate)
  • Buddhist Chaplain 

  • NZAP

Professional Development
  • Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness (MTIA)
  • Teaching Mindfulness in the Workplace (Oxford University's Mindfulness Centre)
  • Teaching MBCT-L and Peace in a frantic World curriculum (Oxford University's Mindfulness Centre)



Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy 
12 Session package

Learn the life-changing tools of mindfulness meditation with cognitive skills to:

• Find calm, increase focus and reduce stress to avoid burnout

• Increase self-care and resilience
• Enhance self-compassion, moving away 
from rumination and self-criticism

MBCT is a clinically trialled and evidence-based eight-week program for managing stress, anxiety and depression. Recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, UK for the treatment of recurrent depression and to manage ruminative thinking and anxiety.


$100 per one hour session

Availability (Opening hours)

Monday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday 9.00AM - 5.00PM
Saturday -
Sunday -


Reviews Counselling & Psychotherapy Richmond NZ

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Rating of 5 out of 5
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I strongly recommend Lea

I am extremely fortunate to have had a series of psychotherapy sessions with Lea. She is a sensitive, empathetic and professional therapist who really helped me cope with my family background, medical history and life experiences in a positive way.

I feel privileged to have started this ongoing process with Lea who used her knowledge of psychotherapy and deep understanding of mindfulness to provide me with the tools I needed to become more accepting and positive.

I strongly recommend Lea as a psychotherapist

| Christchurch | 3 Feb 2022
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Gentle and respectful

I have been fortunate to enjoy 8 sessions of Mindfulness training with Lea Godfrey. Her approach has always been gentle and respectful. I have learnt strategies to enable me to function more calmly when faced with stressful situations in my everyday life.

| Nelson | 21 Jan 2022
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Thanks so much

Thanks so much again for a life changing 8 weeks (MBCT). This practice is changing the relationship I have with myself, my thoughts, feelings and my actions and transforming the way I relate to and connect with the world (environment and people) around me every day in surprising ways.

| Australia | 11 Jan 2022
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I cherish the time I had with Lea

I found Lea incredibly caring, and she always made an effort to understand me and challenged me in ways that worked for me.

I would have no hesitation to recommend her for anybody that I care about.

I cherish the time I had with Lea; she is a very caring person who has great tools to help others.

| Nelson | 18 Dec 2021
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Incredibly helpful

Lea showed that she listened carefully to what I said, as she often referred back to points I had made and was able to weave those points back into the conversation.

Lea helped me to feel how my body reacts and where my body reacts. This has proved incredibly helpful outside the counselling sessions and has made me far more aware of my stress and anxiety levels and how to help myself.

| Motueka | 30 Nov 2021
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