Pathways Counselling

Counselling is about working together to make sense of what is happening and finding ways to go forward. Often
our current patterns of behaviour, thinking and relating to ourselves and others have formed in reaction to past experiences. When these are not useful they can cause huge emotional stress. Becoming aware of these patterns and the things in us that drive them can be hugely useful in helping us to take charge of our lives and to change the things that we need to do so.
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Karen Buckland


Contact Details:

Phone: 07 378 1828
Mobile: 021 667 307
Pathways Counseling Services


The areas that I find of special interest are:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Domestic Violence
  • Survivors of sexual abuse
  • Relationship issues
  • Family Therapy
  • Eating disorders
  • Careers Counselling

My name is Karen Buckland and I am a counsellor in private practice operating under the name of Pathways Counselling Service. I have been a counsellor for 20 years and have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters in Counselling, both from Massey University. I am a full member of NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counsellors) and I am ACC accredited.

I work with individuals, male and female, from teenagers to adults. I also work with couples and families. Sessions are 50 minutes to one hour long. It is usually best to meet weekly but other arrangements are possible. It is essential when sharing issues of importance that you feel confident and safe in relating to the counsellor. Please feel free to make initial contact with me by phone or email to further discuss the issues you would like to bring so that we can decide together whether I can help you. My fee is $120 per hour. However this is negotiable under certain circumstances. In some situations there is also funding available. Please feel free to enquire about this on the initial contact.

Helen Armstrong
M. Counselling, B.Ed
Pathways Counselling Services
I currently counsel at my home office

Contact details
Mobile: 0272962220
Pathway Counselling Services


Some areas of interest

  • Adolescent issues
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Self esteem and Identity issues
  • Stress and Workplace Issues
  • Parenting and Family Relationships
  • Communication Skills
  • Anger

My name is Helen Armstrong, and I have recently moved to Taupo after living overseas for 3 years. I have been counselling for 10 years and have a Masters in Counselling from Massey University and a Bachelor of Education from Otago University. I am a full member of NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counselling)

I am passionate about counselling, and believe that when people are able to share honestly and are really listened to in a caring, trusting and non judgemental environment, they can make great changes in their lives.

My approach is to work alongside you in a respectful, understanding and accepting manner, helping you to rediscover your uniqueness and the vision and wisdom that may have been lost due to life’s challenging situations.

My role as a counsellor is to support you, respect your views and to help you to find your own insight and understanding of your problems. My particular emphasis is to work with  individuals and families to find strengths they may not have recognised, and to allow those stories of resilience to emerge so they can be used as a support in times of  difficulty and crisis.


As we are individuals with our own personalities and unique difficult situations to face, I will use counselling strategies that best fit you and your  circumstances. Some of these may include Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Drawing Therapy (IDT).

I enjoy working with a wide variety of people, and have worked in a range of settings with children, adolescents and adults. I have experience working in New Zealand and overseas in private practice, in a healthcare centre and as a  Guidance Counsellor in a large Secondary School for 6 years.

Angela Gallacher
Pathways Counselling Services

Contact details
Mobile: 02040234663
Pathway Counselling Services


Some areas of interest

  • Person Centred
  • Cognitive Behavioural
  • Mindfulness
  • Adolescents

My name is Angela Gallacher and I have been counselling for 11 years.  The last 5 years I have worked as a Guidance Counsellor in New Zealand with students aged 11 – 18 years.  I have a Masters in Counselling from The University of Manchester and a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling from the University of Salford. I am a full member of NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counselling).

My previous experience gained in the UK included working with adults in a charity based organisation, as a volunteer for bereavement counselling with an organisation called Cruse and with students in Tertiary Education.

Since moving to New Zealand I have discovered that working with young people in school is both fascinating and rewarding.  At first I found it quite challenging as I didn’t understand the reasons for the behaviours I sometimes witnessed.  I knew I needed to understand more and this led to a journey of discovery about the workings of brains in young people. My learning has allowed me to provide better support for students, teachers and whanau.  I work with a wide range of issues including grief and loss, anxiety, trauma, relationships, self-esteem and other life challenges.  

I work with a variety of counselling modalities such as Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and the ‘Proactive Approach for Adolescents’.  I believe the most important part of my role is to provide a place where people feel safe, accepted and able to share their thoughts and feelings.  We all have amazing abilities but sometimes we don’t see them.  I want to be able to provide a place for anyone working with me to be able to recognise and celebrate their abilities.