Roger Elley-Brown. Likes cycling


In 1975, I studied the first year of a law/ arts degree at Otago University in Dunedin, in New Zealand’s South Island. My favourite subjects were philosophy and psychology.

I was not a practicing Christian, although my father Rev Reuben Donald Elley was a leading New Zealand Presbyterian clergy for over fifty years, from 1955, the year before I was born. In fact, my earliest memories are of the completion stages of the construction of the Wanganui East Presbyterian Church.


Wanganui East Presbyterian Church

Wanganui River which flows from the volcanic tablelands of the mid-North Island coast, then along the coastal plains of the Wanganui District to the coast. Wanganui was an important port for sailing ships in the early days of New Zealand settlement from the 1840s.


In Psychology lectures at Otago University, I was exposed to Freudian and Jungian concepts of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Through my studies, I came to the conclusion that there must be a better way to help the human condition and human malaise and foibles, without years of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy builds a dependence in a patient, and it draws needy people into a dependent pattern of seeing a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist regularly.

Roger Elley-Brown is aware of this, and rightly or wrongly, he has many clients who are needy emotionally and psychologically, who Roger sees regularly. They’re seeking comfort, understanding and advice. This process can continue for many years, even without noticeable improvement.


“Psychotherapy is the use of psychological methods, particularly when based on regular personal interaction, to help a person change and overcome problems in desired ways. Psychotherapy aims to improve an individual’s well-being and mental health, to resolve or mitigate troublesome behaviors, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions, and to improve relationships and social skills. Certain psychotherapies are considered evidence-based for treating some diagnosed mental disorders.

There are over a thousand different psychotherapy techniques, some being minor variations, while others are based on very different conceptions of psychology, ethics (how to live) or techniques. Most involve one-to-one sessions, between client and therapist, but some are conducted with groups, including families. Psychotherapists may be mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, or clinical social workers. Psychotherapists may also come from a variety of other backgrounds, and depending on the jurisdiction may be legally regulated, voluntarily regulated or unregulated (and the term itself may be protected or not).”

Wikipedia extract


Counsellors like Roger build up a clientele and it becomes a cash-cow for their personal lifestyle. It is not in the counsellor’s financial interests to hasten the recovery process.

Roger, like all counsellors and therapists, has a certain number of hours each week that he wishes to fill with appointments, so his financial goals are met. This income finances a comfortable lifestyle and enables Roger and his wife Margaret to do things they like to do, like annual holidays in France, to watch the Tour de France, cycling’s premier event.

As I’ve outlined in this series, Roger does not have the Holy Spirit, so Christians should avoid him.

Further, Roger is very mean-spirited underneath. I have outlined in this series the way Roger, and his wife Margaret, my sister, have treated my brother Fergus.

I would not recommend anyone going to visit Roger for counselling or psychotherapy.


My father Rev Reuben Donald Elley, a leading evangelical New Zealand Presbyterian clergy, once said, “When Roger came into the family, a dark cloud came into the family”. Roger is not the type of counsellor who I’d recommend spending time with. He has no answers to the human condition.