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Jo Chapple

B.App.Soci.sci (Counselling) MNZAC (Full)

I have lived in the beautiful Nelson/Tasman area for 24 years where my husband and I have raised our three now adult daughters.

I provide counselling that is confidential and respectful, offering a space where clients are free to talk openly about what is troubling them.

I consider it a privilege to be able to work with individuals wanting to address their struggles with anxiety, depression, grief and low self-esteem. I work with people who are wanting to understand themselves better or are seeking to change patterns of thinking that may be identified as unhelpful. I promote self-efficacy, self-awareness as well as giving support to couples and individuals in establishing and maintaining healthy interactions with others.

The modes of counselling I use are Person Centred along with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focussed (SFT) and I work with couples offering skills to discover and maintain effective life-long communication.

I graduated in 2015, from Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Applied Social Science in Counselling and belong to New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) as a provisional member (since 2015).

Trish Watson

B.App.Soci.sci (Counselling) MNZAC (Prov)

I enjoy working with a diverse range of people and have a special interest in mental health; sexual abuse, support, and healing. I also support and welcome couples. I offer strategies to bring positive changes in your life, to allow you to live life to the fullest. Alongside volunteering at Life Linc, I work for SASH Nelson. I graduated in 2014.

Emillee McRitchie

Tena koutou katoa. I am passionate about helping clients to explore and become their most authentic selves. My approach is pluralistic, valuing the unique needs of the individual and allowing for the use of a range of techniques. I very much believe in a holistic approach to wellbeing and especially enjoy integrating mindfulness and creativity into my practice. My hope is that I am able to help my clients find the courage to take their place in the world. I am currently in my final year of my Bachelor of Counselling.

Reba Safko

No matter what you’ve been through or what pain you carry, there is an innate healing and transformative capacity within you. I offer a space that is affirming, compassionate, and undoing of aloneness, so that this inner drive can come forward to do its magic. I would be honoured to support you in your journey.

I came to working as a counsellor from a life-long fascination and passion for understanding what supports human flourishing, as well as my own experiences of healing from childhood trauma. Understanding how oppression impacts wellbeing is particularly important to me in my work, along with special interest in serving LGBTQ+/queer people, (including trans and non-binary people), non-monogamous people, highly sensitive (HSP) and gifted people, neurodivergent people, teens & young adults.

I’m currently doing a Bachelor of Counselling through NMIT and training in AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) through the AEDP Institute.

Interested in joining our counselling team?

Talk to our clinical manager Harriet on 03 548 2400 or email [email protected]

Staff Team- being updated

Dawn Allan

Operations Manager

Harriet Denham

Clinical Manager

Life Linc Board

Diana Bartle


I have been a Registered Nurse for more than 40 years. I completed my nursing, Public Health and Occupational Health nursing training in London before spending two years in rural Bangladesh with the Save the Children Fund. This was followed by three years with Oxfam and the British Red Cross in Somalia, where I lived in refugee camps, trained refugees to be health workers and organized feeding centres for malnourished children, before becoming the Community Health Advisor to the Somali Government Refugee Health Unit.

On moving to New Zealand, I worked in occupational health and practice nursing, and taught CPR and First Aid in the community and to health professionals.

I now volunteer with Riding for the Disabled and Citizens Advice Bureau. Together with my position as chair of Life Linc, I see these roles as my ongoing contribution to the health of our community.

Tracy Wray


Our family moved to New Zealand from South Africa at the beginning of 2017 and settled in Nelson.

My career in finance and administration has spanned thirty years, with roles mostly in the financial services industry.

I obtained my Bachelor of Commerce degree, and then a BCom Honours degree in Business Management (specialising in Financial Management), both through long distance learning. Other qualifications include a Bookkeeping diploma and a diploma in Manager Development.
I joined the Life Linc Board and the finance subcommittee at the beginning of 2018.

I enjoy the cinema and reading books, taking long walks with my dog, and travelling in New Zealand (especially the South Island) and the South Pacific Islands.

Jeremy Callander

I am a lawyer, specialising in trusts, estates, succession and most if not all of the other legalities that tend to attach themselves to the latter stages of human existence. Outside of the office, I enjoy music, hunting, fishing and spending time with my family and friends. I am painfully pragmatic, with a black, deadpan sense of humour that revels in finding joviality in the most inappropriate and awkward of contexts.

Surprisingly perhaps, I think that Life Linc provides a fantastic and much needed service to the people of the Nelson and Tasman regions. Furthermore, I am beginning to fear that long term exposure to Life Linc may even prove to cultivate within me a genuine empathy for the emotional, spiritual and existential suffering of other human beings.

Kenn Butler

I fell into the insurance industry following a chance meeting with an inspector from South British insurance, at my fathers’ garage and petrol station. This led to a career path spanning 47 years, culminating in the last 15 years as my own boss at Paradise Brokers, providing insurance for both SMEs and corporate businesses in addition to consultancy services.

Having spent so many years in the business of insurance, many enduring relationships and friendships have been created along the way, together with significant amounts of knowledge! I work hard to maintain this personal development whilst enhancing both the industry and fulfilling the needs of clients, particularly in difficult environments.

“He Tangata, He Tangata, he Tangata; it is all about the people and the relationships we create together.” My passion for people has informed my life’s work, articulated in my book ‘Life is Leadership’.

Suzy Mitchell

I have been working within the Community for the past 2 years in a senior management role with a region that covers the South Island. My role involves working with volunteers and community groups to provide health focused solutions. I have a background in project and relationship manager having worked previously in the Education and Banking sectors.

Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, travelling, walking, playing sports and keeping active. I’m currently learning how to play to the guitar and taking pottery classes as a creative outlet. My biggest passion is my beautiful dog who is a gigantic 40 kg golden retriever Samoyed

Join our Board

Places come up on our Board from time to time. Please email our manager if you would like to know more on [email protected]


Life Linc is looking for Ambassadors – people with a bit of time and energy to give, who care deeply about the value of counselling and how it can enable people to make positive changes in their lives.

Ambassadors can help us in a variety of ways:

  • Distributing Life Linc leaflets in the community
  • Helping our fundraising team

If you are interested, please get in touch with centre manager Rebekah on [email protected] or call 03 265 5566

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