Derek Borland

B.Couns., Cert. Supervision, MNZCCA, ACC approved, Victim Support approved.



About Derek and his work

Following a background in social work and then business, Derek then re-trained as a counsellor. After some years of working in the areas of trauma and child therapy, he has completed additional training in the EFT (Emotionally Focussed Therapy) model for couples therapy. Based on attachment science, EFT is internationally recognised as the most effective form of therapy for couples. For more information follow this link While he continues to see some individual clients for supervision or personal counselling, Derek’s primary focus is his work with couples


Venue and time

(by appointment)

Kapiti Coast - 25B Beach Road, Paekakariki - directions
Monday to Wednesday 8.30 am to 6.00pm.


The Zoom online platform is used to conduct sessions when appropriate.


Please email Derek with your preferred days and times, and he will respond and give you available options.

If you prefer, you can call 021 654 339, and leave a message if the phone is not answered.

Appointment Charges

Couples           $150 per session

Individuals      $125 per session

An invoice is emailed following each appointment and payment is due within seven days.

Contact Derek


Mobile: 021 654 339

25B Beach Road, Paekakariki, 5034


These are examples of handouts Derek has written for his clients:

Client Feedback

At a time under great stress and out of order in my relationships, Derek helped me face up to some changes that I needed to make for the sake of my marriage. His constructive directness took me to the heart of my problems very quickly, and gave me insights to myself which have been of great value ever since. I have valued his help greatly.

Since meeting with you we have really grown closer together which has been awesome. We had many conversations about what was talked about with you and feel as though meeting you with you at that time of our relationship was the best thing we could have done. So thank you so much for your time.

Definitely feeling the strength and resilience to push forward and make progress with my other goals now and deal with things differently in future. Many thanks for your help and support.

I just wanted to thank you so much for everything that you have done for us as a couple. You really helped us to unpack major feelings and thoughts and helped us to create the story behind our struggles. You helped to do that both in our relationship and for me personally as well. You did it with so much empathy and non- bias and in such a way that my husband was also willing and able to talk. Our relationship has come so far from the time we first walked in your door and I just wanted to honour you for that.

Too many people in my life have been gentle and soft toward me with their messages of concerns and worry, and perhaps that's why I don't view these problems in my life as important. I encourage you to continue to be honest with me, stern and hard because while at the time it feels very uncomfortable and less than desirable, I feel that it has definitely shifted something within my perspective and approach to life. I respect you all the more for it.