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  Our Services

Whilst we work with people from all cultures, genders and religions, Sahaayta’s primary focus remains the safety well-being of South-Asian migrant and refugee families. We provide culturally appropriate counselling for:

  • Individuals
  • Couples  
  • Families
  • Children
  • Youth
  • Elderly                                                                                                                                                                                                  

We provide general counselling in Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Urdu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Fiji-Hindi, Tulu, Arabic, Dutch and English with issues relating to: 

  • Migration and settling in
  • Grief and loss
  • Anger
  • Self Esteem
  • Relationships
  • Conflict resolution
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse
  • Trauma 
  • Communication
  • Parenting

We offer periodical seminars, workshops and groups (not court approved) which can also be run on request for groups of at least 6 people at a reasonable fee. Anger Management Programme, Ahimsa Men's Non Violence Programme, Saveraa Self Esteem Group and Parvarish Parenting Programme can be delivered in a group or individual format. In addition we conduct Sahaara women's group monthly. 

Counselling Fee:

Our qualified team provides services for anyone who needs it with utmost integrity. Contributions from our clients are essential for us to continue to provide our services. Some charges may apply. We can help you apply for WINZ counselling subsidy if you are eligible. Please discuss possible payment/donation options with your counsellor.

We network with and provide information on appropriate community organisations and help with accessing these services (legal services, budgeting, food parcels, specialist services etc.).     


Our Team:

Sucharita Varma – Director (Dip. Counselling)

Mob: 021 251 6860
Tel: (09) 280 4064


Zoya Salim Kara – Counsellor (Dip. Counselling)
Provisional Member of NZAC 

Mob: 021 104 4443 
Tel: (09) 280 4064 


Karthik Nandikoor - Social Worker (MSW, Graduate Dip. Addictions, Alcohol and Drug Studies)

Mob: 022 690 4469
Tel: (09) 280 4064


Shehana Hassan - Counsellor (BAppSocSci (Counselling))
Provisional Member of NZAC

Mob: 022 600 9829
Tel: (09) 280 4064


Dr. Uma Devi Ananth - Counsellor (B.D.S., Dip. Hypnotherapy, BAppSocSci (Counselling))
Provisional Member of NZAC

Mob: 022 439 3738
Tel: (09) 280 4064


Omar Ali - Counsellor (Dip. Professional Counselling)
Provisional Member of NZAC

Mob: 021 0240 3480
Tel: (09) 280 4064


Carols Gimmy - Social Worker (MSW, Graduate Dip. Addictions, Alcohol and Drug Studies)                                                                                                                   SWRB

Mob: 022 163 6962
Tel: (09) 280 4064


Sahaayta Canterbury

Nimi Bedi - Manager/Programme Coordinator

Mob: 021 862 334


In addition, our team is supported by volunteers and family support workers who are fluent in multiple South Asian languages.

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