Vanessa Gardner

Vanessa Gardner

Sorry Vanessa is not taking new clients at the moment.
Online Therapy

Kia ora! Ko Vanessa toku ingoa. My pronouns are she/her and I am an experienced and qualified counsellor registered with NZAC. I specialize in providing therapy for individuals who have experienced trauma and other significant disruptions in life. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process, and I work closely with my clients to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses their unique needs and goals. My counselling approach is non-judgmental and I can help with grief, anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues, self-esteem, lifestyle changes, addiction, sexuality, neurodivergence, and trauma. I also specialise in rainbow and gender affirming counselling. If you or your young person are struggling with these issues, i'm a safe person to to talk to. I also have a corporate background and can understand the challenges that come with working in large scale and smaller scale environments. I also have lived experience with mental health issues and advocate for better understanding and less judgement within the workplace. I am currently studying towards clinical registration as a psychologist and this allows me to bring a unique element to my counselling practice. I strive to create a safe and affirming environment for you to explore your thoughts and feelings, and work together to set and achieve your goals. I understand that accessing counselling can be daunting and try to make the process as easy as possible. Sessions can be held face-to-face, online or phone. Find out more at


Bachelor of Applied Counselling




adults, families, adolescents, children, men, gender diverse, women, elderly

Therapy Type

person centred therapy, attachment theory, trauma therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (act), cognitive behavioural therapy (cbt), māori models of care, strength based therapy, mindfulness

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • self esteem and confidence
  • stress
  • trauma
  • sexual abuse
  • gender and sexual identity
  • life changes
  • relationship issues
  • anger management
  • burnout
  • motivation and purpose
  • conflict management
  • break up and divorce
  • communication skills
  • insecurities
  • feeling stuck
  • loneliness and isolation
  • social anxiety
  • coping issues
  • sleep issues
  • domestic violence
  • identity
  • abuse
  • upbringing issues
  • body image and eating disorders
Youth Counselling Session
$138 NZD
Adult Counselling Session
$138 NZD
Whānau Counselling
$195 NZD
Or free if your organisation uses Clearhead to provide wellbeing support
Funding Options

ACC Sensitive Claims, I Am Hope

nib foundation