Ashley Cairns


Southbridge, New Zealand

Funding Streams:

Gumboot - NZ, Will To Live - NZ, WINZ - NZ

Forms of Support:


Clients Served:

Adults, Teens

Areas of Expertise:

ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Life Changes,


Clinic Address

Southbridge and Christchurch locations


Phone Number



Looking to make a change in life but not sure where to start? I help people become their most authentic selves. We get down to the root of your problems then learn skills to help you build the life YOU want.

About Me:

Hello! My name is Ashley Cairns and I am the founder behind A Change for Better. I provide numerous services helping people with personal development, wellness, and problem solving. For over 15 years now, I have been working in the Mental Health and Community Services sectors in New Zealand, the United States, and Canada. I hold a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Both were achieved in New York with honors. I am a provisional member of NZAC and a full member of ACA and ANZMH.

Counseling Approach:

I have dedicated my career to helping others better understand themselves so they can achieve success. People choose to attend counselling when they are looking for answers to life problems. I excel at helping you come up with the answers to these questions. My approach to helping people involves using person-centered and solution-focused therapy techniques. This helps me to gain a better understanding of what’s going on. We put solutions in place to help you overcome your problems. I enjoy working with people from various backgrounds and facing numerous challenges. This is my passion, my drive, and my energy. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning, and what makes me so driven.

Professional Memberships & Registrations:

New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) - Provisional Member

American Counseling Association - Full Member

Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMH)

University Attended:

Bachelors of Arts in Psychology - SUNY Potsdam - 2008

Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling - SUNY Plattsburgh - 2010

Recent Trainings:

Solution Focused Counselling Practitioner Certificate - 2020

REBT Mindset Life Coach Certificate - 2021

Mindfulness Practitioner Course (Level 1, 2, 3 and Master) - 2021

Recent Publications:


Intellectual Health

Building a Good Sleep Routine

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Random Acts of Kindness You Can Spread

The world that we live in can feel both incredibly kind and incredibly cruel depending on where you look. As someone who has been lucky enough to experience immense kindness and vicious cruelty, I have been on both sides of this fence.

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Ways You Can Naturally Reduce Depression Symptoms

In this article we are going to discuss ways you can naturally reduce depression symptoms. But before we begin I want to start with a bit of a warning:

If you have had recent thoughts of self-harm or suicide, please do not try to do this alone.

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