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For You, For Me
For Us.

Mark McGoram

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So Let's Talk

If you are reading this, chances are you’re looking to make a change. Congratulations on taking the first step. Sometimes it is hard to even know what needs to change, we just know that something is not right. 


Talking Matters is a small counselling practice based in Central Auckland. We specialise in short-term counselling and longer-term therapy to support and enhance client wellness. Throughout the therapeutic relationship, I assist my clients to navigate the often difficult path of identifying and initiating change in their lives. 

Counselling provides a safe therapeutic space for clients to explore the way they function in interpersonal relationships and how their interpersonal experiences affect their thoughts and feelings.  

Lets Talk

My Approach

Every conversation can make a difference. That difference may be subtle or life-changing. I believe that talking does matter. I believe that talking within a therapeutic relationship offers opportunities for a new understanding about ourselves and access to experiences that can be talked about confidentiality in a safe space.


I offer an accepting, curious, and non-judgemental environment. 

I believe the goal of talking therapy is to facilitate self-exploration for my clients in an attempt to heal and make sense of difficult situations, emotional states and relationships. 

I feel strongly connected to a humanistic approach to counselling where the therapeutic relationship is client-centred, where I can sit alongside my client and be present. Each individual is uniquely different, so I draw from a variety of methods to suit their counselling needs. Working from a person-centred foundation I utilise the following:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Transactional Analysis

  • Narrative Therapy 

  • Psychodynamic Therapy

  • Mindfulness

About Me

About me

As a gay man who has been out and proud for the last 30 years, I feel I have a history and depth of experience to understand the different challenges faced by LGBTGI+ people, as well as other societal minorities groups.


I believe in supporting all people who have experienced forms of exploitation by a patriarchal lead society that operates with limiting cultural and gender stereotypes. I feel strongly about supporting the empowerment of women and working with female clients in ways that strengthen them in areas of communication, relationships and self-esteem. It is my desire to create an environment of care and support for male clients who struggle with the notion that they too can express their own vulnerability, sensitivity, and empathy.


For the past three years, I have been working with LGBTQIA+ clients and people living with HIV, who struggle with issues of identity, coming out, isolation, shame and stigma. I wish to create an environment of trust, openness and mutual respect that promotes and encourages success and a positive outcome in the lives of my clients. As a Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC), I have ongoing supervision and training for my work and I adhere to and uphold the NZAC Code of Ethics.

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My Services

I am experienced in treating a wide range of psychological issues including:

  • gender/sexual identity 

  • relationship issues

  • grief & loss

  • isolation & loneliness

  • life transitions

  • depression & anxiety

  • experience of trauma

  • lack of intimacy

  • toxic masculinity

  • sexuality

  • shame & stigma

1 on 1 Session


My practice is intentionally flexible.  Some people find a standard weekly session useful. For others, longer sessions, less often, is best.  We can discuss this together. I am open to the fluidity of change.  I will work with your needs and offer my advice on how we can work together. 

• Individual ( 60 mins ) - $120 ( incl. GST )

• Couples ( 60 mins ) - $150 ( incl. GST )


Reduced fees are available for students and those on a limited income. Please contact to discuss

My Service

Contact me

I offer counselling from rooms on High Street in Auckland central.

I also offer online counselling, via video call. 

Talking Matters Counselling memebership has been Verified by Psychology Today.

Pshchology Today - Talking Matters

For more information, or to make an appointment, email me at:

or call 021 747 567


For an appointment please fill out the booking form.

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