Central Counsellors

Home & Family Counselling – Central

344 Mt Eden Road Mt Eden 1024

Booking and Enquiries:

Phone 09 630 8961

Email via contact page.


Shelley Anderson

Executive Director

Shelley Anderson started in the position of Executive Director in March 2014 however she is not new to Home and Family. Prior to this role, Shelley was the North Shore Manager of Home and Family Counselling for eight years.

Shelley also provides supervision for students and practitioners. 

John Carney


Family, Couple, Individual, Children, Adolescent; and Supervision

John is a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) and has over thirty years’ experience working with families, couples, and individuals including children and adolescents. John also provides supervision for students and practitioners

Cash (Clarence) Fillis


Individual, Couple, Children & Family

Clarence (aka Cash) regards counselling as a devotion to assisting others in a collaborative journey to achieve their goals, overcome barriers and to explore alternatives in their lives which will create meaning, fulfilment, harmony and stability.

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Eileen Haung


Individual, Couple and Family

Eileen was a Medical Lab Scientist at the Auckland Hospital prior to becoming a counsellor 10+ years ago. She was trained at Laidlaw College and is currently a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. Eileen is fluent in two languages; English and Mandarin; and two dialects; Cantonese and Taiwanese.

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David Legg


Individual, Couple, and Family; and Supervision

David has worked as a full-time counsellor since he completed a Diploma in Counselling and Family Therapy in 2003. He also has trained for eight years with the Auckland psychodrama training centre.

David also provides supervision for students and practitioners. 

Supporting people with, grief, anxiety, loneliness, depression, addictions, and relationship difficulties, David has a love for working with couples and is part qualified as an Imago therapist and also is also using skills learned from Susan Johnson’s Emotional Focused Therapy to support creating loving and intimate relationships.

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Jacqui Basham


Individual, Couple, and Family

Jacqui holds an AUT Bachelor of Health Science in Counselling. She uses an integrative and relational framework to work alongside clients with issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, relationships, loss, and grief. Jacqui’s lived experience enhances her perspective and understanding of clients experiencing a range of challenges. Jacqui’s passion is to support clients overcome life’s difficulties.

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Phoenix Norden


Individual and Couple

Phoenix is a Psychologist registered with the NZPB and a fully paid member of the NZPsS. She spent 10 years completing all her academic training at AUT. Since graduating and becoming registered she has followed her passion and continues to train in the developmental model of relationships and has expertise in working with couples.

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Dean Letfus

Counsellor In Training

Dean has owned and operated a variety of businesses over a 30 year period, before moving to Fiji and engaging in charity work for the last 10 years. He has always tried to assist others to become all they could be, and in pursuing that goal for himself, began a more formal counselling career.  Dean’s current areas of special interest are in trauma, somatic-based therapy, and IFS.

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Deanna Wharton

Counsellor in Training

Deanna has a BSc (Psychology) and is currently studying for a Master of Counselling at The University of Auckland. She integrates a variety of counselling approaches with a special interest in Mindfulness-based practices and facilitates Mindful Parenting courses.

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Islay Rackham

Counsellor in Training

Islay (she/her) is in her final year of a Master of Counselling at the University of Auckland. She is a compassionate person-centred practitioner who loves creative therapies. She aims to create a friendly, collaborative space where people feel safe to explore their experiences, identify and draw on their strengths, and navigate toward their preferred way of being.

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Annette Nichols

Counsellor in Training

Annette’s experience mentoring youth and working alongside people with disabilities led her to study for a Bachelor of Health Science in Counselling. She is presently in her third year at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Annette is compassionate, authentic, and non-judgemental.

Helen Carter

Counsellor in Training

Helen has a graduate diploma in psychology from Massey University and is currently completing her third and final year of a Bachelor of Counselling at Bethlehem Tertiary Institute where she has developed a passion for working alongside clients from a person-centred and strength-based perspective.

Frances Greening

Counsellor in Training

Frances is in her third year working towards a Bachelor of Applied Counselling at Manukau Institute of Technology under the tuition of lecturers who are active counsellors in our community. Before starting her learning, Frances’s career path was in accounting and finance management where listening and supporting people were key to their success in the team. Disability brought forward the need for Frances to train for a new career that utilises her natural abilities, empathy, and passion.