Mission & Vision

Mission statement: 

To Provide Culturally Responsive Counselling and Promote Community Well-being.

Vision statement: 

A Safe Space – Engage, Connect and Thrive

Annual Report

Download our annual report to discover our activities.

Diversity Counselling New Zealand (DCNZ) is a Charitable Trust, established in September 2013.

We provide professional counselling in English and also in other languages. If we cannot provide a counsellor in your own language, we will try to find one who is familiar with and sensitive to your cultural background.

Purposes of the Trust

  • To promote and facilitate environments to accept the diversity of cultures, ethnicities, genders, religions and languages, though supporting people who come from different backgrounds to encourage their agency and dignity.
  • To provide professional counselling services to people who have their own unique backgrounds, such as cultures, ethnicities, genders, religions, and languages, in their own language. If it is not possible, a counsellor who is rather familiar with their backgrounds will provide this service.
  • To provide various activities to promote better mental health conditions among people from their own unique backgrounds, for example, educational courses, workshops, group works, and individual consultations.
  • To promote awareness and understandings among helping professions on various issues which people from different backgrounds have, and otherwise which might not be heard, therefore might not even exist.

Mission Statement:

To Provide Culturally Responsive Counselling and Promote Community Well-being.

Vision Statement:

A Safe Space – Engage, Connect and Thrive


Integrity; Sensitivity; Community focused; Dignity; Social justice

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Our services

Professional Counselling and Family Support for Migrants and Former Refugees, and Various Programmes

Counselling and Family Support

Professional Counselling and Family Support service.

Everyone has access to counselling in their own cultural setting!

Family Well-Being Programmes

This Programme cover (1) self-care, (1) self-esteem & confidence, (2) self- awareness, (3) communication skills, (4) development of people’s social network, (5) promotion of counselling, and so on. All aspects of the programmes will contribute to foster their psychological well-being.

Tree of Life Workshops

The Tree of Life is a hopeful and inspiring approach to working with children, young people and adults who have experienced hard times such as trauma, civil war, and abuse.

Bridgeing the Gap Seminars

Seminars for Professionals and Community Leaders who work with migrants and former refugees.

For you to talk about your story from your point of view

What is Counselling?

Counselling is a talk …​

  • with a professionally trained person
  • which is strictly private and confidential
  • to discuss your goals, issues, difficulties, etc
  • for individuals, couples, families or groups

Counselling is often about ...

  • Settlement in NZ, Life Transitions, Family Matters, Parenting, Personal Matters, Relationship Matters, Studying & Working in NZ, Matters related to your cultures, custom,traditions, beliefs, identity, etc

Counselling Fees​​

  • Discounted rates are available for refugees, immigrants, and people with a Community Service Card. Please contact us for further information.

Get in touch


London Business Centre
Room 4, 1st Floor,
55 London Street,
Hamilton CBD, NZ

Contact Us

Phone : +64 021 0262 5587

Email : contact@dcnz.net

Referral Sheet

Please download our referral sheet [DOC or PDF formant] and send it to contact@dcnz.net it to us.

Coordinators and Counsellors

Offers Counselling in Tamil and English
(Call to her 021-068-9683)

  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)
  • Member of NZAC
  • Registerd Nurse in Sri Lanka
Vanisri Mills (MNZAC)
Manager & Counsellor

Offers Counselling in Japanese and English
(Call to her 021-069-0223)

  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)
  • Member of NZAC
  • Registered Nurse in Japan
Kaoru Tsukigi (MNZAC)
Counsellor and Financial Assistant

Offers Counselling in English and Korean
(Call to her 021-0861-7310)

  • Master of Counselling at University of Waikato
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Human Development, Japanese) at the
    University of Waikato
  • Worked at Student Counselling Centre at University of Waikato
  • Counselling at Problem Gambling Foundation (Asian Family Services)
  • Counselling at Waikato Korean Association in NZ
  • Member of NZAC
  • NZAC Committee member-Waikato Branch
Sunjin Heo (MNZAC)
Organisations coordinator & Counsellor

Offers Community Work for Chinese Communitiy
(Call to her 021-076-7834)

  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)
  • Teaching Experience in Microbiology and Immunology in China 
Freda Xia
Chinese Coordinator

Offers pychotherapy & life coaching in English, Hungarian, and German (Call to her 021-0858-5993)

  • PhD in Psychology (University of Waikato)
  • Diploma in Coexisting Disorders (NZ)
  • Diploma in Life Coaching
  • Certificate in Refugee Resettlement Support (NZ)
  • Member of NZ Association of Positive Psychology
Dr. Adrienna Ember

Offers Counselling in German and English

Viola Beintken
Side by Side Counsellor in Auckland

Offers Counselling and Supervision in Japanese and English
(Call to her 021-362-2174)

Kou Kunishige (MNZAC)
Counsellor and Communications Coordinator

Practicum Counsellors

I am a counselling student at Waikato Institute of Technology in Hamilton and I am a Buddhist monk originally from Sri Lanka. I have more than 30 years of religious and community work experience as a traditional religious counsellor. I practice meditation and yoga with the intention on developing kindness and compassion. I have also been leading a community meditation center by providing personal and family guidance to the community. As my overseas experience, I have lived and worked in the USA and New Zealand for 17 years as a Buddhist Minister.

Metteyya Dunuvila
Practicum Counsellor

My name is Linglin Shi. I’m from Yiwu, Zhejiang province, China. I used to be a medical doctor in a local public hospital in Yiwu, China. I trained as a doctor for 5 years and worked as a physician for 5 years.

I decided to change my career into counselling because I realized that it’s also important to nourishing people’s spirit instead of just curing people’s body. The counselling program offered by University of Waikato is based on narrative therapy. There is a motto in narrative therapy says, “The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem”. It resonates with my value. Then I started my master’s degree in University of Waikato for my learning to be a counsellor.

I can offer counsellin sessions in English and Chinese. Please feel free to contact me.

Linglin Shi
Practicum Counsellor

Board of Trustees

Jenny Field has worked as an adult ESOL / literacy teacher for many years, having been a primary teacher earlier in her career. Her interest in language learning and teaching developed after becoming part of a team re-settling former refugees in Hamilton.

She has been working in the community, coordinating and managing at English Language Partners Waikato, and is currently ESOL teaching and researching at Wintec, after completing study in Applied Linguistics at the University of Waikato. Jenny has spent time overseas teaching both in Papua New Guinea and more recently in Timor-Leste as a volunteer with Volunteer Service Abroad.

Jenny Field

Steven Donald has been involved in English language teaching for over 20 years. His interest in helping people from different and diverse backgrounds stems from his childhood. His father took his family in the 1970’s to live in the Solomon Islands for a while. This started his interest in helping people from different countries and cultures. After he graduated from university, he travelled to Japan as a language teacher and stayed there for 16 years. He met his wife there and returned to New Zealand in 2010 where he aims to finish his education with a PhD from Waikato University.

He enjoys working with people from a variety of backgrounds and ethnicities. Being asked to be involved in DCNZ has allowed him to bring his experience and background to help others. Also, he finds he is learning a lot from the other Board members and counsellors. 

Steven Donald

Dr Barnard is an associate professor of applied linguistics at the University of Waikato. Over a long career, he has taught and/or researched in many countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. His main interests lie in the classroom interactions between teachers and students for whom English is not their first language, and the beliefs and values they bring to the teaching/learning contexts in which they work. As a result of his lived experiences in many places, he has learned a great deal about the diversity of cultures and people.

Roger Barnard

Jo de Lisle is currently manager of English Language Partners Waikato. Coming to New Zealand from the UK as an immigrant in 1985 with previous ESOL and general teaching experience from England and Thailand she has worked in the fields of ESOL teaching, research, management and governance in New Zealand since 1986.

She is mainly involved with how agencies and individuals can work together to encourage respect, recognition and involvement between people of migrant and refugee backgrounds who settle in New Zealand and the local communities who receive them. She has learned to recognise the importance of social inclusion and the great value of cultural diversity in creating vibrant communities now and in the future.

Jo de Lisle

Journalist, broadcaster, background in Northland and Waikato refugee resettlement, domestic violence intervention, interests in youth hostelling, cycling

Melvan Earle Driscoll

 After theological training and study at the University of Otago, Richard studied counselling and pastoral care for a year at the University of Birmingham, UK, and social ethics at Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia, USA. Twenty years of parish ministry and industrial chaplaincy followed - in Picton, Wellington and Hamilton.

Later in life, Richard studied Applied Linguistics at the University of Waikato. Since 2001 Richard has worked as a tutor in English language at Wintec. Richard has travelled and taught in a number of countries, including China, South Korea and North Korea. He is co-chairperson of the NZ ROK (South Korea) Friendship Society. He is intensely interested in language and communication, literature, music and running.

Richard Lawrence
Leslie Forrest
Komala Pather
Sandya Rajapakshe
Kaoru Tsukigi
Inoka Abhayawardena
Financial Assistant

Community Grants

Thanks to Their Great Support