About me

"I feel passionate about being able to offer tools to enable change and privileged to be part of this process"

Karin Schaeper

Originally trained in ‘Client-centred therapy’ and ’Behaviour Modification’. Through ongoing training I have acquired a broad spectrum of therapy skills. Nowadays I describe my approach as ‘eclectic’- enabling me to draw on a variety of skills to being able to offer what suits my client best. I believe strongly in empowering the individual.
My own therapy journey and integrated traumatic experiences have shaped me into the person I am today. My working class roots enable me to relate to people from diverse backgrounds. I enjoy horse riding and gardening for recreation.


qualification-green Qualifications

Socialwork Diploma (Germany 1982) – equivalent to CQSW, Additional training in Addiction, Addiction Studies (C.I.T), Member of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Socialworkers. Approved by ACC as a sexual abuse counsellor.



I have over 30 years experience of working with adults, couples and youth with special interests and experience in eating problems, trauma, Alcohol and Drug Service and community Mental Health.
I studied socialwork in Germany and came to New Zealand in 1982. All my employment has been in a counselling capacity. After leaving work in the mental health sector I started private practice in 1993, originally at the Health and Awareness Centre moving the Durham Centre in 2007. Since 2018 I have been practicing at Otakana in Christchurch. I also hold a clinic in the rural sector (previously Banks Peninsula and currently in North Canterbury).  I provide supervision to other socialworkers, counsellors, mental health professionals and people working in community settings.

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