Irene Paton

IreneIrene Paton believes that essentially all people want to live with integrity and inner peace and the counselling process assists clients to identify and respond differently to the barriers that prevent this from happening.

61 Teesdale Street
Christchurch 8053

Phone 03 3584447
Cell 0274483760

B.A. Otago, 1974, B.A. (Hons.), Canterbury 1994
Masters in Counselling, Massey 1997
Diploma in Teaching Hamilton T.C. 1974,
Diploma in Guidance and Counselling, Massey 1987


  • New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC), 1985
  • Family Courts Association of New Zealand (Christchurch), 1997
  • Arbitrators & Mediators Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ), Associate (FDR), 2014


  • Family Court Counsellor from 1988
  • Registered Psychologist from 1997
  • ACC approved for sexual abuse and post physical injury trauma work from 1998
  • Recognized Supervisor (NZAC), 2007
  • Certified Imago Therapist, 2001
  • Private practice in Central Otago – counselling and supervision – from 1984
  • Independent practitioner in Christchurch – counselling, supervision and mediation – from 1991
  • Psychological Perspectives (LTD) from 2008
  • Stratos (Auckland) Employee Assistance Programme which has nationwide contracts with large companies and government departments from 1995
  • Other individual EAP contracts from 1995
  • Assessor for Diploma in Counselling final assessments
  • Consultant for: NZAC Journal Editorial Board from 2004
  • Health & Disability Commission from 2012
  • New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) Various roles on National Executive since 1993, Currently Deputy Convenor of the Ethics Committee
  • Te Kaiawhina Ahumahi (Social Services Industry Training Organisation) as Registered Assessor 1997 – 2000 and Regional Moderator (South Island) 1998 – 2002
  • Teacher in Nelson from 1975 until 1978
  • Mental health service delivery since 1987
  • Areas of special interest include: recovery and healing from abuse;conflict resolution and mediation; relationship issues; supervision and coaching; managing adoption, death and dying; stress management; transgender; counselling, supervision and ethics education.
Irene has two sons, their wives and grandchildren who bring her great joy and pride. She is in the “use it or lose it” stage of life, so she goes to yoga, swims, walks and bikes as often as she can. She enjoys travelling with her partner and expressing her creativity in craft work, especially knitting. She also loves music and playing the piano and flute.
Available for ACC appointments 8:00 to 5:00 Monday to Thursday