About Karey

Karey Meisner CounsellorQualifications & Professional Memberships:

  • PhD (Mental Wellbeing), MEd (Dist) (Counselling), BA (Psy/Crim);
  • Member of the NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counsellors).

Fees (Adjusted for Covid-19)

Karey normally charges $90 for a 50 minute session. However, he also believes in affordable counselling so is willing to negotiate fees depending on your financial/employment circumstances. 

Cancellations within 48hrs of appointment time incur a 50% fee. Non-attendance incurs a 100% fee.

Please speak to Karey about training fees. He has a strong community orientation and in the past has lessened his fee for non-profit organisations.

Online or telephone counselling services are available.


New Zealand Association of Counsellors

Karey is a full member of the NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counsellors/Te Roopu Kaiwhiriwhi o Aotearoa), the national professional association that acts for and with counsellors to monitor and improve the service they provide. The aim of the association is to promote counselling services which are safe and accountable. They point out that not all counsellors are members of NZAC, and only those counsellors who are members are accountable to NZAC. Only full Members may use MNZAC after their name.


Solution Focussed Brief Therapy

Karey completed his main training in Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT) at the University of Canterbury. SFBT originated in the United States. It was started by a group of experienced therapists at the Milwaukee Family Therapy Centre in the 1980s. They found they could be more effective in a shorter time period by focussing on building solutions rather than solving problems. Importantly, this approach emphasises a collaborative approach where the client has the ability to contribute to the solution as much as the counsellor. Karey has adapted this approach specifically for the New Zealand culture.


Narrative Therapy

Karey also did some study of Narrative Therapy at Waikato University. Narrative therapy has been developed by Michael White (Australia) and David Epston (New Zealand) in the 1980s. Narrative counsellors are interested in the story, or narrative, that a client believes about themselves. At the start of counselling, this story is often a ‘problem saturated’ one, for example, a story of feeling stuck (‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘I can’t get on with others’) or not in control (‘I’m not coping due to stress, worry or feeling low’). During counselling, the counsellor assists in making the problem external (visible) and developing a different story, one without the problem or, alternatively, where the problem is acceptably managed.