Maria Hartley

Just like everyone I've had some really shit times, times when I haven't known how to make the pain stop. Ive also had times when my heart and soul have been filled with awe and wonder at how amazing life is. My goal as a fellow human being is to support you in finding more of your awe and wonder moments and how to deal with the shit times in a soul enriching way.


Here's some of the background info on me,

I was born in England and immigrated to New Zealand as a teenager with my family in 1997. Since this time Canterbury has been home, I've lived and worked throughout Canterbury in both town and rural settings. I grew up in a family with alcoholism, at 13 my father found AA and gained his sobriety. Throughout my teens and early twenties I battled with Depression and Anxiety before finally finding Meditation, mindfulness and an excellent counsellor. When I was 26 I lost my father in a motorcycle accident and this made me realise how precious life was. At this time I decided to start studying as a counsellor, to help others along their journey using my experiences for something good. During my study we had the big Christchurch earthquakes which meant that we changed campuses and had a shorter academic year. I graduated with my Bachelor of Alcohol and Drug Studies in 2012 and have been practicing as a counsellor ever since. 

I'm a solo mother to two spirited children (that's a nice way of saying they challenge me in ways i never thought existed)

We live in a small town about 45 mins out of christchurch and spend most of our time outside, either in our garden or at some of the awesome places around north canterbury.


Here's a bit about the things I've done...



2012 - Bachelor of Alcohol and Drug Studies

Main Topics covered

Psychological Theory and Practice

Motivational Interviewing

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Person Centered Therapy

Family Systems Therapy

Historical Sexual Abuse

Co-existing Disorders and Dual Diagnosis

Counselling and Mental Health

Assessment and Treatment Planning

Clinical Practice

Abnormal Psychology


Gambling and Other impulse control disorders


2022 - Spiritual Life Coaching

2021 - Crystal Healing Practitioner

2021 - Shadow Mastery Diploma

2021 - Reiki Level 2

2020 - Shamanic Healing and Energy Work Diploma

2020 - Reiki Level 1

2020 - Art Therapy

2016 - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

2014 - Anxiety and Depression in youth

2012 - Youthline Otage Communication and Awareness Training

2011 - Preventing Suicide - The Solution Focused Approach

Previous Roles

2019 - Present

Therapist in Private Practice

2008 -2011

Counsellor and Group Leader - Familial Trust

2016 - 2019

Various roles at Community Wellbeing North Canterbury including Youthworker, Counsellor, Community Outreach, Strengthening Families Coordinator.

2013 - 2015

Counsellor - Whanau with Canterbury Youth Development Project (Refocus)


Methadone Clinician and Whanau support - Southern DHB (CADS)