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Valda Gummer | Counsellor

Richmond Heights
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Counselling Taupo



Sometimes life gets messy. In me you’ll find a welcoming, supportive place to work through the situation you are facing,  a chance to restore the things that you value or uncover new strengths.

As a counsellor in Taupo, I enjoy coming alongside of my clients, whether they are adults or teens and supporting them to grow through  the changes or challenges they experience.


My training in Narrative Therapy and Person-Centred Therapy combine to work at your pace, to help you explore the situation, look at the different perspectives and work towards a solution that sits comfortably with who you are and your experience of life.


If you’re not ready to put it into words, sometimes the Sandtray gives a easier way to explore your situation, or sometimes just having the tools mindfulness gives to let you be present, escape to now, and find rest, allows space to find a way forward.


Even where they are messy, family connections, and the friends become family, as part of your support base are also important.  I appreciate the role the relationships around us may contribute to the mess,  and often to the healing.



Would you like to know more or make an appointment?  Feel free to contact me.




Online therapy

Online therapy is via Doxy-me, a simple counselling/health practitioners video conferencing app, which is as simple to use as clicking the link you are sent for the session and having the Doxy-me website do the rest.


Online sessions can be done from any device with a camera and a microphone, ie phone, tablet, Ipad or laptop. Its as simple as finding a space where you are comfortable, have privacy, and as a bonus you can set yourself up with your  favourite tea, coffee or hot chocolate. 

Statement concerning the coronavirus pandemic

As a small, home based practice appointments are staggered so that no waiting room is needed, and the room surfaces can be cleaned and aired between clients. Spacing within the counselling room allows for a comfortable 2 meter spacing.  

Feel free to bring you own water bottle to the session.  

Qualifications and registrations

  • Bachelor of  Counselling (Laidlaw College)
  • Bachelor of Ministries (Spiritual Formation) (BCNZ)


MNZCCA (New Zealand Christian Counsellors Association)

Registered Provisional Member with NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counsellors) 



$100 per 1 hour session

Availability (Opening hours)

Monday 9am to 6 pm
Tuesday 9am to 6pm
Wednesday -
Thursday -
Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday -
Sunday -



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