we counsel

Gospel-centred solutions that are fully biblical, Christ-exalting, Spirit-empowered, and graciously loving.
‘He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.’
Colossians 1:28

individual counselling

individual counselling

If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, grief, fear, addiction, suicidal thoughts, anger, loneliness, purposelessness, stress, relationships or worry etc., BCNZ stands ready to assist you in your journey, and to help you craft a vision for your struggle that is biblical and Gospel-centred.

We believe that the Bible, God’s inspired and inerrant word, is authoritative and sufficient for these issues, such that a model for counselling in these circumstances is both natural, and life transforming (Heb. 4:12; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).

couples & marriage counselling

pre-engagement counselling

Should Christians play the dating game? How do you know if you are dating the right person? What are the things to look out for and to talk about before you get too serious? Is it OK to ‘try before you buy?’

You might be drawn to someone who is fun, good-looking, and interested in the same things you are, but even more important than what’s on the surface is what someone is like inside. But how can you find that out? What should you look for?

Our three-week pre-engagement counselling module provides detailed, practical ways to assess both you and your friend’s relationship readiness. Let us help you answer those important relational questions that will give you a better idea of the areas where both of you need to grow. Work on the provided personal growth projects together with your friend. It will lead to great conversations about the most important things in life: your faith and how you express that faith in your relationships with each other. All through our time together you will be guided into discovering God’s good intentions for your special relationship.

pre-marriage counselling

It’s now more common for marriages to fail than it is for them to last a lifetime. But you can still get married with the confidence that you’ll enjoy the healthy, holy marriage God wants you to have if you invest time before getting married into asking wise questions. Making time to consider key questions will help you and your future spouse head in the right direction: one that leads toward God’s purposes for both of you.

marriage counselling

It’s been said that a marriage is nothing more than two sinners who’ve covenanted to live together for a lifetime, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health.
At BCNZ, we know that these statements about marriage are true, and that they speak to so many of the relational hardships and fractures that we experience.
But, we also know that marriage is designed by God to be so much more than the caricatures that culture has crafted for us! We know from Scripture that within the confines of the Gospel every husband and wife team has the capacity to experience and express the redeeming love of Christ Jesus.
Our number one export is Gospel-centred hope!
If you’re in a season of marital difficulty, or if you simply desire a trusted, pastoral, biblical resource for counsel and refinement, we stand ready to come alongside you, and walk with you in your journey.

family counselling

family counselling

In today’s society to say that parenting is hard would have to be an understatement. Yet there are few things in life that rise to this level of importance. God has chosen parents to be primary instruments in the shaping of a human soul.

So often we get it wrong by using power to get our children to behave in certain ways. We establish laws and then play the role of police officer and judge. Parenting is so much deeper than rules and regulations. A biblical view teaches that parenting is all about the exposure and change of a child’s heart. Permanent behavioural change only occurs when the heart of a person is changed by grace.
At times it can seem as if we are walking through a minefield when it comes to parenting our children and the search for answers to the many issues that parents face in raising a family can in itself be exhausting.
Your parenting years does not have to be a time of hopelessness. With sound and practical biblical help BCNZ wants to help parents learn how to become an instrument of heart-changing grace in the lives of their children.
Rather than being shocked and saddened by the cultural cynicism toward these years and a chaotic period to be survived. Your BCNZ counsellor will reveal what Scripture has to say about parenting sharing with you biblical wisdom and goals for walking alongside your child.
Discover the exciting possibilities about parenting your children.

start here

1. contact us

to discuss your situation.
We will share what we offer and how we may help you. This brief consultation is free.

2. complete & return forms

appropriate to your age and situation by post or email. We will contact you to discuss a suitable appointment time.

3. initial consultation

with a personalised plan on how you can move forward and how many additional sessions we believe you might need.

why people come

Some of the issues BCNZ has regularly addressed in its counselling office has included but is not limited to:

ABUSE
ADDICTION
AD/HD
ADJUSTMENT
ANGER
ANOREXIA
ATTACHMENT
ANXIETY
BINGE EATING
BULIMIA
COMMUNICATION
CONFLICT
DATING

DECISION-MAKING
DEPRESSION

DIVORCE
EATING DISORDERS
EMOTIONAL DISORDERS
EMOTIONAL ABUSE
FAITH ISSUES

FAMILY ISSUES
FEAR/PANIC
FORGIVENESS
GRIEF/SUFFERING
GUILT/SHAME

LOSS
MARRIAGE ISSUES
MENTAL ILLNESS
OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
OVEREATING
PANIC ATTACKS PARENTING
PHYSICAL ABUSE
PORNOGRAPHY
​PTSD
PREMARITAL
SPIRITUAL ISSUES

SPIRITUAL ISSUES
STRESS
TRAUMA
RELATIONSHIPS
SAME SEX ATTRACTION
SELF HARM
EMOTIONAL EATING
SEXUAL ILLNESS
STRESS
SUBSTANCE ABUSE
VERBAL ABUSE

why people come

Some of the issues BCNZ has regularly addressed in its counselling office has included but is not limited to:

why people come

ABUSE
ADDICTION
AD/HD
ADJUSTMENT
ANGER
ANOREXIA
ATTACHMENT
ANXIETY
BINGE EATING
BULIMIA
COMMUNICATION
CONFLICT
DATING
DECISION-MAKING
DEPRESSION
DIVORCE
EATING DISORDERS
EMOTIONAL DISORDERS
EMOTIONAL ABUSE
FAITH ISSUES
FAMILY ISSUES
FEAR/PANIC
FORGIVENESS
GRIEF/SUFFERING
GUILT/SHAME
LOSS
MARRIAGE ISSUES
MENTAL ILLNESS
OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
OVEREATING
PANIC ATTACKS PARENTING
PHYSICAL ABUSE
PORNOGRAPHY
​PTSD
PREMARITAL
SPIRITUAL ISSUES
SPIRITUAL ISSUES
STRESS
TRAUMA
RELATIONSHIPS
SAME SEX ATTRACTION
SELF HARM
EMOTIONAL EATING
SEXUAL ILLNESS
STRESS
SUBSTANCE ABUSE
VERBAL ABUSE

our counsellors

Brian Morton – BCNZ Director of Counselling
B.Min. Member of Assoc. BC

Brian has over twenty-two years (14,000 hours) of experience in vocational counselling and counsellor training and is recognised both in Australia and New Zealand as someone who has been committed to practising and promoting a Church-based, fully biblical, Christ and His Gospel-centred, compassionate and comprehensive approach to counselling.

He has gained extensive experience in ministry, serving as a pastor/elder in three churches in New Zealand and Australia. He has served as Executive Pastor of the Oakden Baptist and Cedar College Care Centre, Adelaide, Australia. During the past two decades, Brian has also served as the Director of Life Counselling Ministries, New Zealand and the Centre for Biblical Counselling and Education in Australia.

Furthermore, through his ‘Equipping Counsellors’ ministry, Brian has equipped people throughout Australia and New Zealand in Biblical Counselling.  He teaches a church-based, three year course, which includes, CCEF’s ‘You can Change’ and ‘Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands’ along with BCNZ’s ‘Foundations of Biblical Counselling’ and ‘Crisis: A Biblical Response’ and Conflict Redeemed’.

Brian and his wife Lois have been married for 40+ years and have two grown children and five grandchildren. They currently live in Hastings, NZ.

special interest

Marriage and pre-marriage, suicide and self-harm, trauma/crisis, depression/bi-polar disorder, anger, addictions, child abuse, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, specific fears and/or panic attacks.

testimonials

Brian is a patient listener whose wisdom, encouragement and genuine care have been invaluable. He has helped me to put things into perspective and to realise the freedom, peace and security found in the Gospel – not just theoretically, but practically.

I had been struggling with a chronic illness for years and had often faced ongoing and debilitating anxiety as a result. I was resistant towards the idea of going to ‘counselling.’ I thought that as Christian I should be able to work things out on my own. Finally I knew I had to do something and I went to see Brian. I can honestly say that his use of the truth of Scripture and its application to me has changed my life. Many of my circumstances haven’t changed but my ability to trust God in my circumstances has improved greatly. I always appreciated that Brian wasn’t afraid to ask tough questions and dig towards the heart of the issue. He didn’t give me a band-aid fix, he helped me re-direct my heart, and I was freed from a lot of anxiety as a result.