Bay Counselling & Therapy Service

68 Tenth Avenue
(07) 578 0959


Beryl Riley


Kia ora katoa. Welcome to our Bay Counselling and Therapy website.

What we all do here is TALKING THERAPY - giving our clients a special place, attention and space to explore what’s not working well for them and consider options for moving forward. Research is able to demonstrate that “talking therapy” really is beneficial and does help clients to make positive changes in their lives.

A little about me - I was born in Taranaki and grew up in the Eastern BOP and Tauranga Moana, leaving here to train first as a primary teacher and later as a psychologist. I returned to Tauranga when my children were young to be near family and have lived here for most of the last 22 years- except for short spells in Auckland, Bougainville (PNG) and Whakatane. I have been a Registered Psychologist for over 30 years working across many agencies with many age groups. I enjoy working with children, teenagers, families, adults and couples on a range of issues. Yes I did say I enjoy working with teenagers! I have been working as a part time Guidance Counsellor in a local secondary school for the past 5 years.

I am trained to help with everyday personal, behavioural, parenting and relationship problems, as well as life transitions and challenges such as grief, work stress, redundancy or separation. I can also assist with more serious concerns including burnout, anxiety, depression, living with chronic ill health, sexual identity issues, addiction, and current or past trauma.

I take a holistic approach to assessment and therapy, preferring to consider your issues in the context of the complex world we live in. This includes an awareness of culture, health, age and stage, and your own unique personal life history. I also think it is very important to affirm the essential mana of each client. Added to this, I encourage clients to tap into their own strengths and resiliency. Therapy is targeted and focussed, with the aim of people finding ways to lead rich and fulfilling lives.

My practice is evidence based and I draw on developmental psychology, applied behaviour analysis, attachment theory, neuropsychology, organisational psychology and various “talking therapy” approaches including narrative therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), compassion focussed therapy (CFT), trauma focussed therapies, and current developments in positive psychology and mindfulness based approaches. I utilise Nga Tapa Wha (a model for conceptualising holistic health from a Maori perspective) plus I use creative therapies such as interactive drawing therapy (IDT), sand tray work and play therapy with children and teenagers – and with adults too if they would like to work in a more hands on creative way.

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

In order to keep my Practicing Certificate as a Registered Psychologist current, I participate in ongoing professional development, regular clinical supervision as well as cultural and peer supervision.

Professional Qualifications:
  • Registered Psychologist (General Scope of Practice) with the NZ Psychologists’ 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 in Celebrant Studies (NZ Celebrant School), 2013
Availability :

Tuesday (all day)

Wednesday (afternoons)

Weekend appointments available by arrangement.

I am happy to see clients from 8am through to early evening. Please ring Sharyn to make an appointment on 07 5780959

Fees :

$130 for 50 minute session

$160 for 75 minute session with couples / families.

Fees can be negotiated in certain circumstances. Please contact me by email prior to our first appointment.

I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Noho ora mai,   Beryl



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