If you feel you need support to explore challenges in your life, please get in touch!

We offer a confidential counselling service for all women and non-binary people of Whakatū/Nelson. 


Our counsellors are all professionally trained volunteers (NMIT or elsewhere). They can help you address and work through a wide range of life issues.


We have two rainbow specific counsellors if you'd prefer.


The counselling service is low-cost:  only $20 per counselling session - unless you want to contribute more. There is also the option to make this cheaper if needed. All proceeds go towards supporting the centre.


To arrange counselling, please contact our counselling coordinator on counselling@nelsonwc.org.nz or call and leave a message on:

03 546 7986

Phone or video counselling are available on request.

There may be a delay in contact.


Our current volunteer counsellors are: Cath Clarke, Rebecca Pannell, Alice Read, Isabel Law, Samantha Delgarno, Lizzie Wood, Rachel Graham, Noa Vodnizky and Chanel Sharp.


Our counselling coordinator is Ashlyn Hornsby.

Ashlyn Hornsby: Counselling Coordinator 


(She/They/He) Kia Ora. In my coordination practice I like to employ a peer-support based approach with a focus on making things as comfortable for clients as possible when we do a referral.


I am currently not doing any counselling at NWC.



 My previous experience lies in drug harm reduction and education coordinating a volunteer initiative at outdoor music events. I have a Bachelor of Counselling from NMIT.

Cath Clarke: Volunteer Counsellor, Bachelor of Counselling



My name is Cath Clarke, I joined the Nelson Women’s Centre in 2020. I hold a Bachelor of Counselling degree and I am a Provisional Member registered with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.  I am passionate about working alongside women to navigate through their difficulties. I have a caring, calm nature and place trust in a collaborative relationship within counselling. I believe counselling brings about positive change, creating growth in one’s life. The approaches I use are a person-centred approach, solution-focused therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy. I work alongside the client to assist the client to bring about change, to reach their desired goals, and to help a client to challenge negative thinking, also bringing mindfulness techniques into practice to improve client wellbeing. 



Noa Vodnizky: Senior Student Counsellor 



Kia Ora, I am Noa, a mature Counselling student at Te Pūkenga NMIT and a new addition to the NWC Counselling team.  My background is in yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. Since 2016 I have been lucky to follow my passion and facilitate/co-facilitate women's retreats; spaces for women to rest, connect to themselves and each other, and explore and celebrate their lives. I believe in our inherent capacity to know ourselves and what is best for us and in our ability to develop self-awareness, self-compassion, care, and love. As a counsellor I am committed to providing a safe, judgment-free, and supportive space for you to pause, reflect, explore, and move forward.

Isabel Law: Bachelor of Counselling




Kia ora, I am Isabel, another human being navigating the journey of life. Like everyone else I have faced my share of struggles, and my personal path has inspired me to become a counsellor and offer support to others. I hold a Bachelor of counselling degree and I am committed to walk alongside you on your journey of self-discovery and growth. I believe you are the expert in your life and together we can find ways to help you move forward. I tailor my approach to your specific needs, and you will decide the pace that works best for you. My intention is to create a safe, calm and confidential space where you can cultivate a relationship with yourself where all parts of you are welcomed, understood and allowed to be there. I draw on a variety of modalities such as Person-Centre Counselling (PCC), Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Te Whare Tapa Whā (Māori health model) and Mindfulness.  

Chanel Sharp: Senior Student Counsellor


Kia ora, my name is Chanel, and I am a counselling student in my final year at NMIT studying towards a Bachelor of Counselling. In my counselling practice, I work towards providing clients with a safe, and non-judgmental space. By first gaining an understanding about what is happening for you in your life, collaboratively, we will then explore what support, resources, and strategies would be most helpful for you to navigate through any difficulties you may be facing, to enable growth, change, and to facilitate ways forward.

 I have a history of working alongside people in challenging situations, and my passion has always been to empower and support people to reach their true potential. I have a holistic and pluralistic approach, drawing from Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, and Narrative Therapies.

Samantha Delgarno: Student Counsellor


Kia ora, my name is Samantha (she/they). I am a student counsellor currently in my second year studying the Bachelors of Counselling at Te Pūkenga/NMIT and am a volunteer counsellor at the Nelson Women’s Centre as part of this study. I have a gentle, affirming and holistic approach to counselling.



 I have a background in holistic health as a qualified Meditation Teacher and abdominal massage/bodywork therapist specialising in reproductive health. Prior to moving to Whakatū Nelson to study, I spent some time living and travelling in a campervan around Aotearoa New Zealand. I have a particular interest in working with women, the rainbow community and neurodivergence (autism, ADHD etc).




Rachel Graham: Student Counsellor



Lizzie Wood: Student Counsellor



Alice Read: Student Counsellor



Contact us

Phone: 03 546 7986

Email: office@nelsonwc.org.nz

Visit us:

44 Trafalgar Street, The Wood

Nelson 7010, New Zealand

Centre opening hours:


Temporarily closed to drop-ins.

By appointment only.


 About us


We are an Incorporated Society since 2008.

NZBN number: 9429042921783

Charity registration number: CC25321