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, Jen Stewart, Sally Scott, Karen Paice, Sarah Miratana, Lily Gower.


Cath Clarke Counselling Coordinator 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.

Ashlyn Hornsby: Temporary Counselling Coordinator (IT support) 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 at outdoor music events. I am studying toward a Bachelor of Counselling at NMIT. My passions lie in addictions, sexuality, gender identity, and consent culture.

Elizabeth Putaura Bachelor of Counselling


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, from where I graduated in 2021. 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.


Sally Scott Senior Student Counsellor


I emigrated from South Africa and am married with adult children. I have lived experience with mental health, disability and parenting challenges, autism, and neurodiversity. I have a degree in psychology and am currently studying toward a Bachelor of Counselling. I have volunteered at NWC since 2021 and am now a student counsellor.


I have experience working with all kinds of people, including immigrants, refugee background, tertiary students and the neurodiverse. Being a mature woman, I bring not only academic training but also many years of life experience to my counselling practice. Clients tell me I am compassionate, approachable, friendly, empathetic, and trustworthy. I can offer you a safe, calm, welcoming, respectful counselling space, where together we can explore and understand your challenges and enable growth and change.



Karen Paice Senior Student Counsellor 

Sarah Miratana Senior Student Counsellor

Lily Gower  

Jen Stewart Senior Student Counsellor (currently on leave in 2022)

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.