What is Hope for the Children?

Hope for the Children is a fundraising initiative that encourages people to contribute towards counselling for children and young people for whom the cost of counselling may be a barrier. It is important to see children and young people recognise their potential and we believe counselling is one way of contributing to this outcome. Our approved counsellors work towards helping children and young people build upon their strengths so they can overcome the challenges they face in todays world.

Hope for the Children is Hosted By:

BRIDGING THE GAP || Hope for the Children bridges the gap between the counselling needs of children and young people and the current counselling resources available to them.

EMPOWERING || Hope for the Children is about fostering a culture of empowerment for all people involved in the counselling process. Through a trust relationship with our approved counsellors we support them to empower children and young people.

RESPONSIVENESS || Hope for the Children strives to respond promptly to the counselling needs of the children and young people. We respond to funding applications within 7 days because we trust our counsellors to identify that the children and young people meet our criteria.

VALUING || Hope for the Children recognises the professional value of our approved counsellors. We provide funding for our counsellors so they do not discount their fees in order to meet the counselling needs of the children and young people they work with. We feel this places value on their professional worth.

Hosted by Community Development Network Trust ( CDN )

(CDN) Community Development Network Trust has been working with children and young people for over 20 years in Christchurch. They do school based youthwork, run holiday programs for kids and also teen camps. They are a respected non-for-profit trust in Christchurch and have a real passion to see people lives impacted. CDN Trust are proud to host the Hope for the Children fund.

Approved Counsellors of the HFTC fund

CDN Trust has a process where by they approve counsellors who can draw from the fund. If an approved counsellor has a child or young person that is in need of some financial assistance, the approved counsellor will apply to Hope for the Children for the amount of sessions they require. Only approved counsellors are allowed to access the funding for the children.

I grew up in Brightwater, Nelson. I moved down to Christchurch to study at Teachers College in 2007 and left with a degree in primary school teaching. After meeting my husband Mitch Shaw, we got married in 2009. I have always been passionate about children and young people and volunteered as a youth leader for a number of years. It was inspiring to see the impact I could have into the hearts of the youth.

This led me to begin my counselling training as I really wanted to help people make sense of their struggles in life and help them to overcome them. I am passionate about journeying with children and young people through the difficult times and helping them to see and have a brighter future.

I completed my counselling degree through Bethlehem Tertiary Institute and after 3 years was a qualified counsellor.

Phone: 021 052 7787

Email: nicolemshaw@gmail.com



I was born a southern girl, growing up on my parents’ 20 acre lifestyle block just north of Invercargill. Twenty–eight years ago, I moved to Canterbury where I worked as a professional ice-skating coach for ten years. Following that, I spent twelve years in the social service sector, mostly in community mental health and it was from there that I trained as a counsellor. I have been in my private counselling practice now for six years and consider it a privilege to be invited into peoples’ lives, just for a season, while they need support.

I am married, with three married adult children who have given me three wonderful grandsons and two delightful granddaughters. Two years ago, my husband and I became residence of Whitecliffs, a small rural village 15 minutes’ drive inland from Darfield towards the Southern Alps. As a result, my private practice now services Rural Canterbury, in particular the Selwyn and Ashburton Districts. I am passionate about helping Rural Canterbury children, young people and families to live and relate well. I am also very experienced in working cross-culturally with people who come from cultural backgrounds other than my own, which is Pakeha.

I have a Bachelor of Counselling (BCouns) in Person-Centred Counselling (PCC) and have trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for individuals, couples and families. I am a Registered Counsellor with and full member of, the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) working within their code of practice. I am ACC registered for sensitive claims and am a contracted provider for both Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and Hope For The Children.

Phone: 021 138 8184

Email: kathycaughey.counselling@gmail.com



Hazel Prickett counsels adults, teenagers, couples and families, and has a special knack working with children.
Her experience as a primary school teacher and leadership coach adds to her knowledge and understanding.

DipTch, BEd, DipCouns




Bex is passionate about creating a space where people of all ages can share their experiences and feel heard. She sees her work as a privilege to journey alongside others as they continue to grow in their understanding of themselves and the world around them. 

When she is not counselling she enjoys being creative with art, music and words, getting out into nature and spending good quality time with family and friends in her life. 

Bachelor of Counselling

Email: bexsmithcounselling@gmail.com

Website: https://www.bexsmithcounselling.com/