John Melling, Counsellor

Hello, I’m John Melling and I’m a counsellor, a philosopher, and a gamer! I have been fortunate to be around computers my whole life – even as a child in the ’80s! I love computer games. Single or multiplayer, RPG’s and shooters, Epic 4X games and space flight simulators – they are all great! I have even been lucky enough to run my own computer building and repair business once upon a time, which proved very handy for keeping up with the latest gaming gear!

In addition to computer games, board games, and role-playing games, I enjoy indoor football and squash. I love reading fantasy and science fiction books and watching films and TV shows. At one time, I used to run tournaments for the Lord of the Rings trading card games in Christchurch!

I am passionate about supporting people managing anxiety and depression. Specialising in solution-focused and philosophical counselling, I also love to support fellow gamers that want to find a better balance between the many benefits of gaming and moving towards the future they desire.

John the counsellor with Sylvia the rabbit

I am very fortunate to be married to my wonderful wife, who also loves games! Together, we live with two mischeivous bunnies. Sometimes self-care is as simple as putting my feet up with a cup of tea and a furry friend!

John’s Qualifications and Counselling Modality

I utilise a Solution-Focused approach to counselling, paired with a philosophical curiosity to explore your best hopes from coming to see me. My qualifications include a Master of Counselling with Distinction from the University of Canterbury, as well as a BSC with BA honours in Philosophy. My annual practicing certificate and provisional registration are with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).

Get in touch with John

If you are looking for a qualified counsellor to support you through whatever life throws at you including anxiety and depression, support with your philosophical outlook, or general counselling from a fellow gamer, Enquire now to book a counselling sesion with John Melling, counsellor, philosopher, gamer.