Our Counsellors

We provide experienced and qualified professionals who are all members of their appropriate professional body.

Sheryl Smith

Accord Service Manager and Counsellor

BSocSci (Psych). GDipEdSt. PGDipCouns. NZAC Registered Counsellor

Sheryl has worked in a range of services providing Counselling and Therapy since 1991. As well as managing the Accord service, Sheryl provides therapy for individuals, couples and families.

“Clients present many issues. There are themes such as stress, depression, anxiety, loss and life transitions that are difficult to deal with. Events in people’s lives can be similar, however each person has unique experience.”

Sheryl can talk with you on the phone or in person to discuss your particular needs and make an appointment with a counsellor.

“People who come to us have often tried a number of ways to manage and have got stuck. When you are ready, Accord Counsellors are here to help.”

Contact Sheryl

Alayne Cullen


NZAC Registered Counsellor

Alayne has worked as a Counsellor for over 30 years and specialises in grief and loss.

“I provide a safe and confidential space for us to process the issues you bring.”

Alayne is trained as a Elisabeth Kubler-Ross facilitator – dealing with grief and loss and has worked with adults suffering mental and emotional health difficulties. She also has recent training in trauma release techniques.

Mandy Pentecost


MCouns. MA DipTch. NZAC Registered Counsellor

Mandy works with groups, individuals and in organisations with issues such as stress and conflict management, communication, assertiveness, self-esteem, harassment and bullying.

“I enjoy working with families, adults and young people who want to make changes and improve their well being. I offer a calm place to talk openly.”

Mandy is a narrative therapist which means she can help you separate a problem when you get stuck. She is an experienced and well qualified counsellor.

Cherilea Stalker

PNAP Facilitator

Dip.Psychotherapy Dip. Integrative Psychology (Hakomi). Provisional member of NZAC

Linda Elliott-Ghadami

Registered Psychologist


Joseph Stone

Registered Psychologist


Patricia Schimanski Clark


Provisional member of NZAC


Kurt Fenton


BA  MDiv.  BCouns.

Provisional Member of NZAC

We have additional external providers for ACC funded counselling for survivors of sexual violence. For more information please click here

“Our mission is to provide services that help families along life’s journey. Our values of integrity, teamwork, innovation and compassion guide our actions and decisions.”