Meet The Team

Head Office

Phone (03) 323 9858 | Mobile 027 200 5018


Richard Black

Richard Black is the founder and Managing Director of Strength to Strength. He is sought after as a counsellor and communicator. Richard has worked in pastoral leadership for many years and understands the everyday struggles that people face and the demands on church leaders. 


Through his counselling, training, and public speaking he helps people strengthen their thinking, be proactive in relationships, and succeed with life. 




Auckland Hub

Steve Gwyn

Steve Gwyn is passionate about counselling people of all ages, helping them to find freedom in their thoughts, emotions and relationships. He has a special interest in counselling areas such as grief, emotions, burn-out and conflict resolution. With many years experience in pastoral leadership and communication, he also has a heart to support church leaders remain emotionally healthy and resilient.




Wellington Hub

Kirstie Wilton

Kirstie Wilton has had many years of experience working in management with diverse groups of people. She is keen to help people change, and see them equipped to overcome what life throws at them.  She counsels adults, teenagers, couples and families, and has a soft spot for the older generation. Kirstie sees children from 10 years of age. 




Christchurch Hub

Hazel Prickett

Hazel Prickett counsels adults, teenagers, couples and families, and has a special knack working with children.
Her experience as a primary school teacher and leadership coach adds to her knowledge and understanding. 

DipTch, BEd, DipCouns


Joanne Ballingall

Joanne has a wonderful ability to work with adults, adolescents and children. She is compassionate and insightful. Joanne has been in ministry and knows the pressures many face in caring for others. She also desires to support parents in their role of parenting, and has an engaging way of working with children. Her aim is to help people gain the insights they need to thrive in life. 

DipMin, BA (Psych), BCouns.


Laura Hanna

Laura loves working with people from a variety of ages and backgrounds. She has a particular interest and training in mental health and addictions counselling. Laura is both astute and highly relatable. It is her passion to see people grow in their overall wellbeing. 

BTheol, DipMH, BCouns


Chris Dalglish

Chris is an experienced coach and facilitator. He has many years’ experience working in the commercial sector and with government organisations. Chris is passionate about working with leaders, teams and individuals to overcome obstacles and enhance wellbeing and productivity. He has particular skills in the areas of leadership development, communication, conflict resolution and emotional wellbeing. Chris solely works with adults.

B.Eng, CertREBT, CertAdultEd, DipCoaching, CertCouns, MBA


Jennifer Black

Jennifer Black is our administrator. She operates mainly behind the scenes keeping everything running well and making everyone else look good. She'll be the one to answer your questions.



P (03) 323 9858 | M 027 200 5018

38 Elizabeth Street, Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand

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