‘A bruised reed He will not break and  a smouldering wick He will not snuff out…’(Matt 12 v 30

‘…be transformed by the renewing of your mind.’ (Romans 12 v 2)

We will work with you to:

  • Help you understand yourself better
  • Help you understand and improve your relationships
  • Develop strategies and skills to overcome and/or manage your current difficulties
  • Help you resolve and/or move forward with presenting past issues
  • Help you with grieving

To view our Grief Care brochure please click here

Christian Counselling  is based on a Christ centred view of a person which tells us that we are created in God’s image as physical, emotional, thinking, choosing and spiritual beings. We explore all these areas of a person’s life and works towards helping them to reach their God-given potential.

However, we do see people from any faith and non-faith background. Prayer is available if the person requests it.

Turning Point is part of East Taieri Church which has been a positive contributor to the community for over 150 years.

Turning Point was established in 2005 to offer professional, affordable Christian counselling to people in the greater Taieri and surrounding area. We try to keep our costs as low as possible and this is made possible with funding from various organisations.

To view our brochure please click here

We offer:

  • Christian counselling & psychotherapy
  • Community Education
  • Ministry/Spiritual Supervision & Direction
  • Professional & Clinical Supervision

We see:

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Youth
  • Couples
  • Groups


Your choice:  You can choose which counsellor you would like to work with and phone them for an appointment. Please leave a message if no-one takes your call and they will get back to you. 

Your time:  Each counsellor is available at different times throughout the week and some evening appointments are available. We meet with people at a room in East Taieri Church, some counsellors also offer appointments in Fairfield or Dunedin.  We are grateful for the use of a counselling room in Dunedin.  This incurs a charge which will be added to your fee - please check with your counsellor at appointment time.

If you are late:  If you are late for an appointment your time with the counsellor may be shorter so please arrive on time. If you are unable to keep your appointment please phone the counsellor as soon as you can, preferably the day before. If you do not cancel your appointment we may have to charge you as this takes up time that someone else could use.

Length of each sessionSessions last up to 50-55 minutes


Counselling Fees (All per session)

Payment is required at each session. We can also invoice you so you can make a direct credit transfer. We also accept cheques and cash but no EFPTOS.

In order to make counselling affordable to as many people as possible we have a scale of fees based on the person’s ability to pay. Please discuss payment with your counsellor if this may be difficult.

  • Person with a Community Services Card/ Jobseeker  Support Beneficiary: $25
  • Person with a regular income in the household: From $50
  • Supervision: From $70
  • Person on Disability Allowance: From $50
  • Charge of $20 extra for couples work
  • Community Education/Groups: $50 per hour per counsellor; printing & preparation costs extra

At counsellor's discretion fees may be lowered - please discuss this with your counsellor at the initial consultation appointment.

Our Counsellors

Paul Reet

Paul Reet (BA, Grad Cert Ed, Adv Dip Therapeutic Counselling, Dip Nursing (MH), is a registered Mental Health Nurse and Counsellor (NZAC/BACP). He has had additional training in Supervision, Psycho-dynamic Psychotherapy, CBT/DBT & ACT. Paul has worked in mental health for over 12 years. He has experience in working with trauma and abuse as well as common mental health problems. Paul offers both clinical/professional supervision and ministry/spiritual supervision.   

Contact: 476-1462  Cell  0272333597 


 Elaine Gough

Elaine Gough (MNZAC, DAPAANA, BA, BSS (Counselling), Cert Psych Theory Ashburn Clinc

Elaine provides Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision.

Contact: 489 7581   Cell 021 166 1509


Deborah Taylor (B.Sc., Psychology., PG Dip. Counselling.) Trained in Narrative CBT & group work with additional Bicultural training - Tangata Whenau & Tangata Tiriti. Reg Student Associate Member of NZAC & NZCCA. Deborah has experience in individual counselling in a variety of areas including trauma, grief care, depression & anxiety, self-esteem, burnout, relationship issues & working with high school students.

Contact: debtaylor898@gmail.com