Debra-Lee Biggar

Debbie Biggar is an experienced professional counsellor who has been at the forefront of addiction counselling in New Zealand. She was the first addictions counsellor based within New Zealand mental health services, and the first based within Primary Care (GPs). She was appointed Clinical Manager of the first Drug Treatment Unit in a Māori Focus Unit within a New Zealand prison.

Over the years Debbie has managed a successful private practice specialising in Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) counselling, family court, sexual abuse, forensic, addictions and general counselling. She has experience in several clinical advisory roles and has spoken at the National Cutting Edge conference.

Areas of expertise

Relationship issues, dating, enneagram (personality), anger, communication skills, health issues, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), addictions, sexual abuse, mental health (depression, PTSD, anxiety etc.), forensic, professional and clinical supervision, trauma, work related issues, bullying, self-esteem, work shop design and management.

Education and training

Diploma in Applied Counselling, Post Graduate Certificate in the Arts, Certificate in Clinical Supervision, Certificate in Practical Business, Certificate in Business Management, Certificate in Adult Teaching, Certificate in Child Protection Studies and Certificate in Social Services.

Debbie participates in regular clinical supervision and is a full member of the New Zealand Association of Counselling, Drug and Alcohol Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa–New Zealand (DAPAANZ) and a DAPAANZ approved clinical supervisor.


Ian Flutey

Ian Flutey is a professional with a wide range of skills attained from a variety of employment positions and roles which have included general managment (developing growth and expansion), Operations Manager, owner/director of several successful businesses, working with offenders within the department of Corrections New Zealand (Corrections Officer and currently a program facilitator).

Areas of expertise

Management and leadership, strategic management, operational management, mediation, conflict resolution, team health, offender management, health and safety, HR processes, staff training and development, unions, restorative practice, therapeutic modalities and programme facilitation.

Education and training

Management training and Effective management, BRIDGE Associates; Certificate of Safety and Health Environmental Practices and Management (hazard identification and control), Management course on presentation skills, TOSHA Ltd.; Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Training, Richmond Waitotara Meats.

Motivational Interviewing; Restorative Practice - A restorative approach to transforming workplace conflict, Margaret Thorsborne; PD Training Facilitation Skills; Resolution Institute Mediation training; Completion of the intensive Department of Correction’s programme facilitation training.