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Roger Elley-Brown

I have been working solely in private practice as a psychotherapist and counsellor for the past 25 years. In my other work lives I have been incarnated as a policy writer, self-employed lawnmower, pastor, and housepainter.


My reputation as a private practitioner in personal and relationship counselling has been described as "organic" in that my business often involves clients self-referring years later and referring friends or family members.

I specialize in relationship counselling and in this role, my work is undergirded by training in Emotion Focussed Therapy. I regularly lead Hold Me Tight workshops along with colleagues, Susan Harding and Lynne Dunphy. A word that I use to describe a lot of my client work is BALANCE. Helping clients to achieve this, in their work lives, their relationships and families is key.  A favourite saying of mine is “It takes a great deal of energy to craft a good life.”

I am a committed family person, and have been married to Margie for 37 years and we have four wonderful adult children. Building a strong relationship and family has been my life’s seminal work. The big decisions in my life have been made with the needs of my marriage and family paramount. 

I love the outdoors and enjoy exploring whether it is in New Zealand or overseas. For many years I have been an avid road cyclist and have cycled extensively around New Zealand and in France. These days, as I have more discretionary time, I like nothing better than to be out walking and my current project is to section walk the Te Araroa trail accompanied by friends and family. 


 BA, BD (Melb), Grad Dip Psychotherapy, MNZAC (AUT)