Helen Mounsey

Helen Mounsey is our South Island Regional Director and one of our Christchurch therapists

As regional director, it is my job to direct you to the therapist who is most suitable for your needs. We have three therapists operating in the South Island region.  All reside in Christchurch but for those who live further afield we are available for Skype sessions.

I have a private practice in the suburb of Spreydon, Christchurch. Both the location and parking are easy to find, and appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I have particular training and interest in individuals and couples who come with emotional and sexual intimacy concerns including the wish to repair from infidelity, compulsive sexual behaviors, surgery and trauma related matters. I have been involved in sex therapy for over 12 years and completed the Advanced Sex Therapy training in 2006. I work with relationships issues in general and have done so for over 20 years.

I believe most people want to work out practical solutions which they can sustain in their often busy lives.  Confidentiality is always paramount. I am accountable to the Code of Ethics of NZAC and ACC. I use a range of approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Narrative therapy and Attachment theory.

I also provide consultancy for a range of issues which include depression, stress, anxiety,  grief and loss and major life changes.  I worked for a number of years in high schools with adolescents before establishing my own clinical practice and so have a strong interest in parenting and families.

Regional Director
M.Ed (Cert. in Counselling), B.A, Dip Teaching (Secondary), NZAC

Dennis Mills

Dennis Mills is one of our Christchurch therapists

The aim of my work as a sex therapist is to encourage optimal personal satisfaction and intimacy for individuals and couples in a respectful and safe atmosphere free of judgement.

I specialise in working with people who are stuck in damaging habits of interpersonal conflict, with Out of Control Sexual Behaviour (sexual addiction) and I have particular interest in exploring blocks to sexual desire in men and women and in the part that play and humour has in the maintenance of a fully alive relationship. 

I also work with clients who are seeking strategies to recover from an affair and others who wish to end a relationship with integrity. Increasingly I am meeting clients who are wondering about the absolute nature of lifelong monogamy.

I am in private practice in Merivale, Christchurch. I completed advanced sex therapy training in 2005 but have worked as a relationship counsellor for twenty years in New Zealand and in the UK. 

I also work at the University of Canterbury Health Centre and have skills and experience with issues including depression and stress and anxiety and I encourage the maintenance of physical and mental well-being. 

Before moving to New Zealand I was a social worker in child protection and spent several years working with men in violent relationships.

Dip.Psychotherapy & Counselling, Cert Social Work, Dip. Community Development, MNZAC.

Lisa Phelan

Lisa Phelan is One of Our Sex Therapists

I completed advanced sex therapy training in 2015 and I am an approved provider for ACC for sensitive claims. I have worked extensively with with couples for the last 10 years. I have a particular interest in desire issues. I also have experience working with out of control sexual behaviour commonly called sexual addiction and gender identity issues.

I see my role as a sex therapist as working collaboratively alongside people in order to support them to develop or increase intimacy in order to experience a full and satisfying and authentic life. I respect that this can be a sensitive topic for many people and I work at the client's pace and tailor therapy according to the needs of the couple or individual. Confidentiality is of utmost importance and as a member of NZAC I adhere to their ethical guidelines.

I work in Private practice in Riccarton and am happy to see both couples and individuals. Although I endeavour to work from a person – centred and relational framework, I also use bio-psycho-social approach and other models such as Acceptance and Commitment and Solution Focused therapy.

My past counselling experience includes many other issues such as grief, depression, stress, anxiety, eating issues, post-traumatic stress and communication issues. 

M(Ed) Certificate in Counselling, BSc (Hons) Psychology with Philosophy; MNZAC