Candy emigrated from Macau in 1993. She is an Asian counsellor and Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with extensive experiences (19 years). Candy is a founder and practitioner of Vagus Centre to provide family harmony services.  She has been working as student counsellor at University of Auckland since 1997. She also owns a private practice.She is also a contracted counsellor for Waitemata Health PHO, Auckland PHO, National Hauora Coalition PHO and Vague Centre (Chinese mental Health Consultation service); working with patients referred by GPs. Candy is a registered ACC counsellor both in Sexual abuse and Physical Injury & mental Trauma.

My specialities and areas of counselling

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorder and phobia
  • Immigration and adjustment issues
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Trauma or abuse issues
  • Personal and Relationship issues
  • Couple counselling and pre-marital counselling
  • Stress management
  • Family issues and parenting


  • Postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Master Degree of Education in Counselling (First class Honours), University of Auckland
  • Bachelor Degree in Social Work, National Taiwan University

Suet-Yi (Sue) migrated from Hong Kong 30 years ago. Sue has nursing background and obtained a Master of Education in counselling with honours at University of Auckland and a  Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Massay University.

Sue works with a range of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD. She also works with individuals who have family disharmony issues and domestic violence. She is the facilitator providing program for Asian women who are under protection order from the spouses.    

She is the Service Co-ordinator in Vagus Centre. 

Patrick Au is a migrant from Hong Kong. He came to New Zealand in 1991.

In his professional role as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Patrick has been practising in the Mental Health systems, both in Hong Kong and Auckland, for over 30 years, . Following his completion of a Master’s Degree of Education with First Class Honours in Counselling from the University of Auckland in 1999, Patrick is also concurrently running a private Counselling practice. He is a full Member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC) and the New Zealand Association of Family Therapy (NZAFT). Patrick is one of the founding members of Vagus Centre.

In his Counselling practice, Patrick has a special interest in working with young Asian people (including the International students), he also enjoys working with couples and families. Patrick is a Ministry of Justice and Department of Corrections Approved Stopping Violence Provider and a qualified Family Court Counsellor. Patrick also has an extensive experience working with Asian people who were involved with the justice and corrections systems.

Patrick is active in providing workshops for the mainstream mental health providers. He also provides training workshops for tertiary training institutes such as Universities and Government Agencies.

Patrick enjoys learning from other cultures, especially their ethnic foods.