Bay Counselling & Therapy Service

68 Tenth Avenue
(07) 578 0959

Beryl Riley

"Ko koe ki tena, ko ahau ki tenei kiwai o te kete

You at that handle, and me at this handle of the basket”

I grew up here in Tauranga Moana and left at age 17 to train firstly as a teacher then later as a psychologist. I returned to the Bay when my children were young to be near family. I have been a Registered Psychologist for over 30 years, and am experienced in working with clients of all ages, from young children to older adults across a wide range of issues.

I can help with everyday personal, behavioural, parenting and relationship problems as well as life transitions and challenges such as grief, chronic ill health, job stress, redundancy and separation. I can also assist with more serious concerns including burnout, anxiety, depression, addictions and surviving trauma.

Supervision and coaching - I am trained and experienced in providing both clinical supervision and leadership coaching. I have worked with psychologists, counsellors, guidance counsellors, probation officers, allied health professionals, senior educators and RTLBs (resource teachers learning and behaviour).

In my experience, it can be very powerful and healing for clients to have someone to talk to who is there to focus solely on them and LISTEN TO THEIR STORY away from the demands of our complex world. Because I believe in the strength of the human spirit, I think it is very important to affirm the essential Mana of each client and to encourage them to tap into their own strengths and resiliency. With this in mind, I take a holistic approach to understanding client's issues and find utilising Nga Tapa Wha (a model for developing holistic health from a Maori perspective) can be very helpful for some clients.

I have trained in several evidence based therapeutic approaches and also incorporate creative therapies when working with young people - or the young at heart!  Counselling sessions are focused, with the aim of the clients finding ways to lead rich and fulfilling lives.

Professional Qualifications

  • Registered Psychologist with the NZ Psychologists's Board
  • M.Ed (Hons) in Psychology and Education (Waikato University)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology (Auckland University)
  • Registered Teacher with the NZ Council of Teachers
  • Trained Teachers Certificate (Hamilton Teachers College)
  • Diploma of Celebrant Studies (NZ School of Celebrant Studies)

Availability: Tuesday (all day) and Wednesday (afternoons)

My fee is $130 for a 50 minute session, $170 for a 75 minute session with couples / families.

Please call the office (07 578 0959 or email: to make a time that is suitable to you.

I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Noho ora mai, Beryl