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The Couch was founded by Sara Scott.


Sara has been in Clinical and Private Practice since 2006, and in 2019 formed The Couch to group together individual practitioners to create a team with a wealth of professional experience and skills. 

Our therapists have been selected to provide confidential, non-judgemental support to help develop coping strategies and life skills.


We have many years experience in Mental health, Mediation and Life Coaching, and all work in the field of Wellbeing. 

The Couch team includes:

Social Workers



Mediators / Facilitators and Conflict Coaches

Policy Writers




Clinical Mental Health Specialists

Our services help Individuals, Couples, Families, Companies and organisations from one to one counselling, relationship counselling, family work and wellbeing plans for businesses and their employees.


Individual and relationship counselling sessions are available in Christchurch, Ashburton & Methven and company wellbeing programs are available throughout Canterbury.

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Our Team
sara & wayne


Sara Scott has worked in Adult Mental Health and Children’s and Families Services since 2006. Sara holds qualifications in Social Work, Counselling, Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy, specialising in Adult Mental Health and Relationship Counselling.


Sara is currently specialising in working with Individuals to enhance their satisfaction in life, whether struggling with Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Loss, Trauma, Motivation or Confidence problems. 

Sara works from a Solution Focussed perspective and feels it a privilege to work alongside others in their journey as they continue to grow and develop a greater understanding of their world and the world of others and gaining a sense of belonging in the world around them. 

Sara has SWRB, ACC, WINZ, EAP & Rural Support Registration and is also accepting Private & GP Referrals for Individual, Relationship and Family Therapy.


Wayne has 19-years experience in conflict management including, organisational-ombuds, mediation; conciliation; restorative justice facilitation; conflict coaching and conflict analysis / complaints system design, with organisations throughout New Zealand. 

He has a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Transformation from the Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, US.

Wayne takes a systems approach to organisational change and the management of conflict. He brings ‘fresh-eyes’ to organisations wrestling with diversity issues and supporting values of inclusion, collaboration and participation. 

In 2019 Wayne was recognised by the Resolution Institute of Australia and New Zealand for his contribution to community peacebuilding with the ‘Michael Klug’ award.

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