Wellington health and counselling staff

Nicky McGeorge

Practice Manager | Phone: 04 979 3030 or extn 63036

I joined Student Health and Counselling Services in February 2016.

I am originally from the UK, having lived in Wellington for 5 years. I have worked in healthcare for 25 years, 20 years in the UK working as a Practice Manager and then as a Commissioning Manager for primary, community and acute services. The last 5 years I have worked in a large medical centre in Wellington as a Business and PHO Manager.

I am thrilled to be working here at Massey and having the opportunity to be involved in providing high quality medical and counselling services to students and our future generation.

In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family, usually pursuing outdoor activities.

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Doctor | Phone: 04 979 3030 or extn 63030

I joined the Student Health and Counselling team in the middle of 2011. I trained at Otago University and gained my Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2009. I currently work at Massey Student Health and Counselling and also at a General Practice in Wellington.

I completed my Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare Diploma in 1993

My interests outside of work include cycling and running and I enjoy spending time with my family.

Debbie O'Connor

Counsellor | Phone: 04 979 3030 or extn 63030


Hi all

I am Debbie, the new Counsellor with the Student Health and Counselling Services. I am very excited to be part of Massey University and am looking forward to working with some of you.

I am originally from South Africa and have been living in New Zealand for nearly 3 years. I am a registered Social Worker that did my training in South Africa.  I am passionate about working with people and enjoy assisting clients to become the best versions of themselves.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, I spend allot of my time on weekends Skyping with family back in SA. I love cooking, baking and entertaining at home.



Patricia Ford

Senior Counsellor | Phone: 04 979 3030 or extn 63030

Kia ora. I grew up in the South Island and have lived in London, but now consider myself a Wellingtonian. I completed a Masters in Counselling degree from Massey University, extramurally, as an adult and identify with your efforts to balance work, study, family etc. My four adult children have all been to University. I specialise in working with youth and queer people and am experienced in working with issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, sexual orientation, coming out, grief, loss, family and relationship issues, other mental health issues and career counselling.

I believe that the relationship built between the counsellor and client is one of the most important factors in the satisfaction and success of counselling. It allows self discovery, change and growth to develop in a safe, supportive environment. You can expect I will appreciate and respect who you are - your culture, feelings, thoughts, beliefs and strengths. We will mutually agree a clear contract about the process of counselling.

Transactional Analysis informs my work and I will draw on other approaches depending on our contract. I am a member of NZAC and ITAA and work according to the ethics of these organisations.

Mark Pope

Counsellor | Phone: 04 979 3030 or extn 63030

Hi. I grew up in Ashburton, Canterbury. My maternal ancestors in New Zealand came from Ireland as horseman and farmers whilst my Dads family are working class Irish. I have strong values around social justice and support for the marginalized. I moved to Christchurch to train as an agricultural economist and teacher before working in Wellington schools for 30 years. Just over a decade ago I completed a Masters in Counselling from Massey University and have worked privately, in the voluntary sector and in Adolescent Counselling at Wellington High School. I am continuing my study towards the C.T.A. in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy.

I believe that the connection established between client and counsellor to be crucial. I practise eclectically and work with what suits each person’s needs best. I am interested in mental health, sexuality and, esteem amongst others.

I enjoy spending time with good friends in the coffee shops of Wellington. I live near the beach and I enjoy interior design, architecture and reading. I love harness racing and horses and have a small lifestyle block in Canterbury to escape to.

Hester Reich Hester Reich

Counselling Intern | Phone: 04 979 3030 or extn 63030

Hello there, my name is Hester and I am in the third year of a Bachelor of Counselling.

I am working as an intern counselor at the Massey University health and counseling service this year.  I returned to my hometown of Wellington two years ago, having spent 4 years in Dunedin studying Art History and 7 years living in London.  In London I pursued my passion for food and culture by working in hospitality management.  Since returning I have switched my focus to another passion- people, and have begun training as a counselor.  Within counseling, I aim to build a trusting and respectful relationship, where you feel heard, understood and empowered.  I work collaboratively, to support you in whatever it is you might be seeking- be that addressing difficulties that you are experiencing, making changes within your life or trying to gain clarity and a better understanding of a situation or yourself.

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Reception | Phone: 04 979 3030 or extn 63030

My name is Penelope Kandiliotis and I have been working as a Medical Reception/Administrator for the last 16 years. I was first employed by Wellington Polytechnic back in 1994. In 2005 my family and I moved overseas for a short time. When I returned I worked at the Peninsula Medical Centre. I returned to Massey Student Health on 22 June 2009.

Judy Horsburgh

Reception Phone: 04 979 3030 or extn 63030

I have been working as a part-time receptionist at Student Health and Counselling since December 2015. I am originally from Christchurch and then Auckland but have spent many years living overseas in Asia and Australia. I moved to Wellington in August 2015 and I am very happy to be back in beautiful Aotearoa. Outside work hours I enjoy walking (usually with our dog), camping, playing piano and making the most of all the things our wonderful city has to offer.

Voula Halikias

Reception Phone: 04 979 3030 or extn 63030

I was born in Greece and am one of a family of three girls. My family immigrated to NZ when I was six weeks and all bar the first six weeks of my life I have been living in Wellington and loving it. I have worked in the corporate sector for over 25 years in various roles including contract management, procurement and helpdesk management.

I started at Student Health and Counselling on a casual contract in July 2015 and was offered a permanent contract in December 2015. Customer service is my passion and not having had any previous experience working in a Medical Centre I am enjoying my new role at Massey University and the new challenges this role brings.

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