Practitioners

Lesley Brokenshire


Phone: 021 1090 317
Email: lesley18@xtra.co.nz

Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ)
Dip. Teaching
Dip. E.H.C.
Grad. Dip Psychotherapy (AUT)

Member NZ Assoc. Psychotherapists New Zealand
Northern Regional Supervisors Group (NZAP)
Member International Assoc. Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

As a psychotherapist and counsellor of twenty years I offer short and long term psychotherapy for people who are suffering from many causes including grief and loss and the effects of abuse and trauma.
My background is in working in education and community settings. I am experienced in group work.
I offer individual and group supervision: my supervision experience includes supervising psychotherapists, counsellors, allied health professionals, managers and educators.
My speciality areas are in understanding and working with the effects of adoption, childhood trauma and the effects of intergenerational transmission of trauma.
I offer a safe private comfortable space for people to work with me to share their story and troubles, to understand themselves and their relationships more fully, and to enable different life choices and to develop new ways of living.

Nisarg Anna Dey
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Phone: 027 807 6564
Email: nisargdey@gmail.com

(MNZAC)
Masters in Counselling (Hons)

Nisarg has a Masters in Counselling from The University of Auckland. In addition to her private practice she is a Senior Counsellor at the University of Auckland’s Health and Counselling Service. Nisarg has a client-centred integrative approach and utilises Solution Focussed, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Gestalt approaches. Nisarg has a special interest in group work and has developed a ‘Social Confidence Group’ at the university for students impacted by social anxiety where she also facilitates Mindfulness groups. She has worked for over 10 years with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, addiction and trauma.

“The Client-Centred and Gestalt approaches work towards helping clients develop a more integrated and whole ‘sense of self’. At the heart of Gestalt therapy is the belief that the more one tries to become who one is not, the more one stays the same. The more one tries to force oneself into a mould that does not fit, the more one is fragmented rather than whole. I value human diversity and am passionate about working within a holistic model and working with my clients to make meaning out of their difficulties and find their individual passion and purpose in life.

Nisarg abides by the ethics of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.

Mandy Montague


Phone: 021 236 8738

Registered Psychotherapist
MNZAP
BA, GradDip Psychotherapy
PostGrad Cert Advanced Group Psychotherapy
PostGrad Cert in Supervision

I offer both long and short term therapy for individuals and couples. I work with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, suicide, relationship family and parenting issues, self esteem, and personal growth and development.

I supervise psychotherapists, students, counsellors, and other health professionals. I also offer group supervision.

As an experienced group therapist I offer a weekly therapy group, and co-facilitate a group for women survivors of sexual abuse.

Rick Cusack



Email: rick@thebungalow.co.nz

Registered Psychotherapist
MA Applied (Social Work)
Grad Dip Psychotherapy
MNZAP

I have worked as a counsellor , psychotherapist and group facilitator for the last 14 years mainly in health and tertiary education centres. Always mindful of each person’s individuality. I work with modern psychodynamic practice integrating some cognitive –behavioural therapy. My experience is that relationship is the foundation of our work. I have experience with: health related issues, depression and anxiety, sexuality issues, addictions, recovery from trauma and grief.

Anne Scott


Phone: 021 159 7295
Email: annescounselling@gmail.com

Registered Counsellor
MEd(counselling); B.Soc Sci; Dip Tchg
Member of NZ Association of Counsellors

Life can present us with difficult, painful or challenging situations. Most of the time, we have the personal resources or the right support to deal with these problems, but sometimes we need more. At these times, counselling can be very helpful. You can gain a better understanding of the basis of your distress, get some distance from the issue and different perspectives. Counselling can also help you to identify what the obstacles are and help you to envision what a better outcome might look like. It can empower you to make positive changes in your life, if that is what you wish, understand yourself better, teach you new strategies and help you recognise and appreciate your strengths.

My approach
I like to work from a strengths-based perspective and work collaboratively with people so that we focus on your priorities. I work hard to create a safe, supportive counselling environment and actively seek feedback from you to ensure that your needs are being met. I am interested in helping people work through problems that are holding them back from fully engaging with life. I work from a client-centred, eclectic framework, primarily working from a solution-focussed and cognitive behavioural approach.

My Background
I have a Masters’ degree in Counselling from the University of Auckland and have worked there for 16 years counselling students of varied ages and ethnicities. The main presenting issues have been depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, loss, abuse and family concerns. Prior to this, I have worked in agencies specialising in sexual abuse and family related issues.
My special interest recently has been mild to moderate depression and I have run a 6-week group focussing on ‘Depression – practical strategies for Personal Change’.
I am also interested in helping people reach their potential, especially helping to reduce the effects of past abuse and trauma on their current life, helping them grow in self-esteem and build connections with others.

Dr Renske van den Brink


Phone: (09) 216 8424
Email: renske42@gmail.com

Dip Counselling (Psychosynthesis)
New Zealand Association of Counselling
PGDipHSc(MindBodyHealthCare)
MBchB
DipObs
FRNZCGP

Renske graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1990 and has spent most of her medical career in general practice. In 2002 she graduated with a Diploma in Counselling using the Psychosynthesis model which now supports her work as a Counsellor and MindBody therapist in her private practice at The Bungalow.The model Renske uses is based on her Psychosynthesis Counselling training, mindfulness meditation, and her study on the AUT MindBody Healthcare programme.

“Exploring the meaning of our symptoms can be a helpful way to give a voice to our vulnerability, with a view to making positive change in our lives. Although there is seldom a ‘single cause’ for illness, exploring the connection between the mind and the body can be the one part that we can usefully do something about.”

Renske commonly works with a wide range of physical conditions including auto-immune conditions, sexual difficulties, chronic fatigue, pain, digestive problems, allergies, and frequent illness. She also works with people experiencing depression, anxiety, eating difficulties, relationship challenges and negotiating life crises. Renske also supervises Doctors and other health professionals, and she leads 2 regular Balint Supervision groups.

Christine Johannis


Phone: 021 157 6036
Email: chris.johannis@gmail.com

MNZAP
Dip. Counselling, Dip. Psychotherapy (Psychosynthesis)
Registered. Psychotherapist
Member PAnzA
Institute of Psychosynthesis Associate
BA. Psychology
ACC registered

I am a psychotherapist and counsellor working in private practice since 1995, as well as facilitating programmes within community organisations.
My training is in Psychosynthesis which is a psycho-spiritual psychology. Psychosynthesis was developed by Roberto Assagiolo who was a contemporary of Freud and Jung. It is holistic in that it acknowledges body, feelings, mind and soul in its theoretical framework. Within this modality the heights and depths of what it means to be human can be explored (purpose meaning and value) as  well as every day concerns such as relationship issues, grief and anxiety.

I have considerable experience working with issues such as grief, depression, anxiety, relationships, self esteem, lack of meaning, food and body image and trauma recovery. In particular I enjoy assisting clients to navigate their life’s challenges as a way of bringing more fulfillment and meaning into their lives.

I abide by the ethics of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists and am ACC registered for sexual abuse work.

Violet Sherwood


Phone: (09) 629 2199

Registered Psychotherapist
MHSc(Hons)Psych
GradDipPsycSocSt
DipHom(NZ)
MNZAP
Cert. Process-oriented Pall. Care.
ACC registered

I believe we all have potential which can be nurtured and developed through the collaborative relationship-focused process of psychotherapy. Psychodynamically trained, my approach is to attend respectfully and compassionately to each person’s unique needs and goals and to the therapeutic relationship in which understanding and healing may unfold.

I aim to assist my clients to discover meaning and purpose in life, to understand and relieve emotional distress, and to experience effective and satisfying relationships with others and with themselves in order to live and enjoy life more fully.

I have a background in holistic healthcare and in tertiary education. I have a particular interest in creativity and how we can respond to life’s challenges in ways that acknowledge and deepen our ability to live creatively.

My clinical experience includes working with grief and loss, trauma, sexual abuse, anxiety and depression, eating disorders, death and dying, creativity and personal development. I offer short or long term psychotherapy and supervision.

Helen Florence


Phone: (09) 629 2199
Email: helenflorence@slingshot.co.nz

Registered Psychotherapist
B.Couns.,
MHSc(Hons)Psychotherapy
PhD
NZCCA, MNZAP

Sometimes two heads are better than one in making sense of difficulties. I am an experienced psychotherapist and counsellor, able to help you become more aware of what may be keeping you stuck, causing distress and conflict, or not living life the way that you would like, so that you are enabled to live with greater insight, freedom and intentionality.

I work with adults, from a psychodynamic perspective, using CBT and DBT strategies where needed, to change patterns of  behaviour, thoughts, emotions and ways of relating, which get in the way of living well. I have experience working with a wide range of life issues such as: relationships, sexual trauma, anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem, confidence and life changes. I have a special interest in religious or spiritual matters and have completed a PhD in this area.

Louise Embleton Tudor


Phone: 027 260 6174
Email: louise.tudor@orcon.net.nz

Psychotherapist (Reg. PBANZ)
MNZAP
Waka Oranga (Assoc Mem)
Dip. Tchg. CSSD (London UK)
Dip Psychotherapy, Minster Centre (London, UK)
Dip. Biodynamic Mass. Chiron Centre for Holistic Psychotherapy, (London UK)

My commitment is
– to seeking understanding of  your unique nature, and whatever is significant in your life.
– to acknowledge your strengths and your integrity, alongside whatever brings you to psychotherapy.
– to working actively with you in order to discover and to address whatever is preventing the achievement of your aspirations or goals, or of leading a life which you find fulfilling and meaningful in all respects.
– to address expressions of dis-ease or un-ease; emotional and physical.

 My clinical experience is
– over 25 years of offering long-term and short-term psychotherapy to individuals and couples, from diverse backgrounds, presenting a wide range of personal, relationship, family or work-related issues.
– practice in private and public settings in the UK and Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Other contributions to the field include
– over 20 years of experience as a trained clinical supervisor of psychotherapists, psychotherapy students, health practitioners and others working in public and private settings in helping professions.
– co-authorship of a book and author of numerous book chapters and papers
– over 20 years of experience as a trainer/facilitator of psychotherapists to Masters Level

My approach is informed by:
– affective neuroscience, MindBody approaches, the person-centred approach, psychodynamic theory and attachment theory.

I welcome enquiries from prospective clients and supervisees.