Our counsellors

We have a range of qualified (& senior student) women counsellors available for up to 10 low-cost sessions.

Call our Social Workers on 03 54 68441 to make a referral appointment. 


Our Counsellors at present are: Ashlyn Hornsby, Cath Clarke, Liz Putaura, Rachael Brooks


Counselling Coordinator Counselling Coordinator



Elizabeth Putaura Senior Student Counsellor

My name is Elizabeth Putaura. I was born in Rarotonga and raised in Nelson. After a 13-year career in hospitality, I decided to study full time at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology to acquire my degree in Bachelor of Counselling. I have been working individually with clients as well as co-facilitating group sessions called Positive Psychology and Wellbeing.


I consider myself trustworthy, transparent, friendly, approachable. My personal and professional philosophy sits more alongside with Solution Focused Brief Therapy. I prefer this model to highlight the client’s previous accolades and strengths and focus on the future potentials and reframe issues. I hope to explore empowerment and potential with clients and bring awareness to the individuals’ value.

Cath Clarke Bachelor of Counselling

My name is Cath Clarke, I joined the Nelson Women’s Centre in 2020. I am a qualified counsellor, and 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. I use a client centred approach to assist the client to bring about change and to reach their desired goals.

I have balanced employment and training over a period of six years to achieve my counselling degree. I graduated at NMIT in 2020.

Rachael Brooks Senior Student Counsellor

My name is Rachael Brooks and I am in my final year of my bachelor’s degree in counselling at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. Originally from Dunedin, I moved to Nelson in 1999 and I am the proud Mum of 2 teenage children.


Within my scope of practice, I work from a very collaborative client-centered perspective using some solution-focused elements along with body awareness incorporating all the senses of the body to allow for integration and healing.  I provide a calm, gentle, private, and creative therapeutic space for women to explore their world.  While my passion is for all people, I hold a deep and profound passion for Women. I consider myself incredibly trustworthy, reliable, honest, friendly, approachable, and I also have a spirited sense of humour.  It is an honour and a privilege to stand with and be a part of the collective voice for Women in the Nelson and Tasman region.

Ashlyn Hornsby Senior Student Counsellor

Kia Ora. In my counselling practice I aim to provide clients with a safe space to build a collaborative relationship where we can work together to explore the challenges of life. I have a passion for identifying and increasing client strengths with a respectful and caring approach to the process.


My previous experience lies in drug harm reduction and education coordinating a volunteer initiative. I am studying toward a Bachelor of Counselling at NMIT. My passions lie in drug harm reduction, sexuality, gender identity, and consent culture.

Jen Stewart Senior Student Counsellor

I believe that the goal of therapy is to help you connect to your own inner compass, in whatever way you see that – as a relationship with your wisest self, with your intuition and inner strengths, or with a spiritual/wairua dimension. In my practice I draw on mindfulness meditation, self-compassion, visualisation, art, and body-based activities that allow us to explore your inner and outer worlds in a creative, trauma-safe, and intuitive way. Every client is unique, and we’ll discover what is most helpful for you as we investigate your concerns together.

I enjoy working with people from all walks of life. I moved to Nelson from New York state in 2011 and am a mother of one, an avid reader of the neuroscience that underpins transformational change in therapy, and a student at NMIT in the Bachelor of Counselling degree.