Ali Syme


284 Joyce Road, Pyes Pa, Tauranga   |   Phone: (027) 543 4432    |   Email:



Bachelor of counselling

Full Member of New Zealand Christian Counsellors Association

Approved District Health Board PHO Counsellor

Member of Bay of Plenty Therapy Foundation

Child Matters. Working with child protection

Advanced Certificate in Interactive Drawing Therapy (IDT)

Advanced Certificate in Sand Tray Therapy

Art Therapy


About Me


Hi, my name is Alison (everyone calls me Ali) I am 51 years of age, I am married to Dave. We have been married for thirty-two years. We have three adult children who are all married and four beautiful grandchildren that we love dearly. My childhood was in a large family that went through separation, trauma and abuse. I can understand that family life is not always easy as I have experienced both healthy and unhealthy relationships.


Up until the commencement of my counselling career I worked primarily with children as an early childhood teacher, primary teacher's assistance, 'Banardos' child care and mother of three. Since then my focus has grown more towards family's health and wellness helping individuals and families to find more balance and wholeness in life.


Through my own experiences and having helped many people explore their stories and make sense of struggles in their lives, through learning skills and strategies that can enable people and families to move forward. Models of therapy I employ include; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Attachment Therapy, Play Therapy. My intuitive understanding of people's needs and emotions allows me to work well in a caring and relaxed manner while maintaining a safe working environment.


My private practice is found just five minutes from Greerton in Pyes Pa and is in a lovely therapeutic country setting that enables opportunities for therapy outside of a closed in room environment. This can allow for creativity or just simply a garden seat to connect, reflect and process the struggles being experienced in life and family.




I am an experienced counsellor specialising in working with children, young people and families. I work with all ages and a variety of issues including:


Grief and loss

Relationships and family struggles

Communication & Confidence

Stress, burnout & resilience

Anxiety, depression, emotional pain and other mental health difficulties

Feelings of anxiety and depression, anger and suicidal thoughts or feelings

Physical, emotional and sexual abuse





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Ali Syme


284 Joyce Road, Pyes Pa, Tauranga

Phone: (027) 543 4432