Jemma Bennett

“He awhia, he aroha, ngā miro tuitui I ngā haehaetanga a te mate”

“Love and support knit together the lacerations of anguish”

To make an appointment you can do so by calling Sharyn on 07-578-0959 or contact me direct at:

My commitment to my clients is to create a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space, to explore the challenges and obstacles that are impacting on your well-being and to facilitate the process of uncovering the best possible version of you.

Everyone encounters times of struggle, pain and challenge at some stage of their lives.  Through empathy, authenticity, active listening and relevant therapeutic tools, counselling can provide the space to validate your experiences and to identify and nurture the things that nourish your emotional well-being.

I honour all clients who step into the counselling space, acknowledging the courage it takes to do so and the privilege it is to hear your story and to journey with you toward self-empowerment.

My Professional Qualifications

I have a Bachelor of Counselling (NZ) and I am a Provisional Member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).   I work under the guidance of the Code of Ethics and as such attend regular supervision, cultural supervision and ongoing professional development.

Areas of Work

  • Māori health and well-being
  • Bereavement
  • Grief and loss
  • Couples and families
  • Adolescents, teenagers and young people
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Terminal illness
  • Blended families
  • Family Harm
  • Parenting
  • Women’s health and well-being/sensuality/sexuality

Availability & Fee

My days of work are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Individuals – $120

Couples – $130

Families – $150


I am a wahine Māori, born and bred in beautiful Tauranga Moana and currently living in Pāpāmoa beach with my five children ranging in ages from 10 years to 18 years old and our ragdoll kitten.  Having been a stay at home mum for 13 years, I worked as a teacher aide for a couple of years before deciding to pursue my passion and study toward a degree in counselling.  Having a range of rich practicum experiences from child and family work, family harm, guidance counselling at a local college and a variety of group facilitation, I was fortunate enough to secure a position at my final practicum placement, Waipuna Hospice which is where I have been for the past few years.  I love to connect with nature, often venturing with my kids (who are not always enthusiastic participants!) on hikes up mountains, into the bush or to the beach.  I also love longboard skateboarding, horse riding, yoga, meditation and chocolate and I am a life-long learner of Te Reo Māori.

“Poipoia te kākano kia puawai”

“Nurture the seed and it will blossom”

Availability & Fee