Practitioners

Nisarg Anna Dey
nisarg dey

Phone: 027 807 6564
Email: nisargdey@gmail.com

NZAC & ACC Registered Counsellor
Masters in Counselling (Hons), Grad Dip Education, BA (Art History and English Lit.)

I enjoy working with a wide range of people and value human and cultural diversity. My ancestry is Scottish (Rutherfurd), Irish and Maori (Ngati Pukeko and Tainui).  My European ancestors came to Aotearoa in the 1800’s and I was born and raised in the Waikato.

I have 16 years of experience as a Counsellor and Group Facilitator at the University of Auckland, and more than 7 years working in private practice.

My Counselling Approach
I am trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Solution Focussed and Brief Therapy approaches as well as Gestalt and Sandtray Therapy.

I have a special interest in social anxiety and developed a ‘Social Confidence Group’ at the university. I have worked with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, addiction, trauma, sexuality and the impacts of sexual violence.

“The Client-Centred and Gestalt approaches work towards helping clients develop a more integrated ‘sense of self’. At the heart of Gestalt therapy is the belief that the more one tries to become who one is not and force oneself to fit into a mould, the more one stays feeling stuck and fragmented rather than whole”.

I am passionate about working with clients to help them make meaning out of their difficulties, move towards healing and find their passion and purpose in life.

I provide supervision for counsellors and can provide brief or long term therapy.

I abide by the ethics of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors

Dr Helen Florence


Phone: (09) 629 2399 / 027 4552958
Email: helenflorence@slingshot.co.nz

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

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.

Jane Puckey


Phone: 027 651 6605
Email: janepuckey5@gmail.com

Registered Psychotherapist
PBANZ, MNZAP
Masters of Psychotherapy (Hons)
Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.          (Author unknown)

 

I have experience working with adults who are troubled by anxiety, depression and historical trauma, along with people who are struggling with general relationship and self-esteem issues.

Primarily I draw upon my psychodynamic psychotherapy training to help you become more aware of your behavioural patterns which stem from important early relationship experiences. Working with you to gradually alter what has been problematic – potentially giving you a new sense of confidence and aliveness in your life.

Sarah Lassally


Phone: 022 1845123
Email: sarahharman68@gmail.com

Registered counsellor
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling
Post Graduate certificate in Mental Health and Addictions.
Certificate in Addictions and Mental Health Supervision.
Dip He RM

Member NZAC and DAPAANZ
DAPAANZ accredited supervisor

I provide counselling and support for individuals and couples, creating a space to explore how to clear the obstacles to happiness. I am a Psychosynthesis counsellor and an addictions specialist. Psychosynthesis aims to help people to find meaning and purpose in life as an anchor to weather life’s storms, and as a means of engaging one’s will to create change and move towards desired outcomes. My personal philosophy is that since most of our wounding occurs in relationship, there is the potential to heal that wounding within the counselling relationship. I support people to develop distress tolerance and emotional resilience to prevent overwhelm that can occur when facing life’s challenges.

I welcome dream work, as I believe this is useful way to access our unconscious and the issues that are trying to get our attention.

I work with couples using the Imago model. The Imago dialogue introduces a structured way to communicate with our partners, slowing down the process and creating safety, whilst opening up the possibility for greater understanding and empathy for the different perspectives held by each partner. I specialise in working with couples where one or both partners are in recovery from addiction.

I provide supervision for counsellors, in particular, practitioners working in the field of drug and alcohol/addictions, and/or mental health. As a member of NZAC I can support provisionally registered members to work towards full registration.

In addition, I have a background in midwifery, mental health, and working in a therapeutic community at Higher Ground Drug and Alcohol Rehab. I have extensive knowledge of family violence, and work in this field in a voluntary capacity.  I work with people with a range of presenting issues including trauma, sexual abuse, family violence, addiction, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, grief and loss, including losing one’s way in life.

I provide short and long term counselling and can support clients to access WINZ funding if eligible.

Kate Yeoman


Phone: 022 152 1875
Email: kate.c.yeoman@gmail.com

Member NZAC
MEd with certificate in counselling
BA (Hons), MA, Ph.D

For me, counselling is a space for my client to reflect on thoughts, experiences or emotions that often go unvoiced. It is a place to explore putting words around things that are often silent and can feel fixed and inevitable. We can take insights from the counselling experience into our lives, learn how to hold onto them and find that change is always possible, even when things are most difficult.

I have twelve years’ experience as a counsellor, working in the NGO sector, tertiary education settings and private practice. I grew up in Blenheim and spent the first part of my adult life in Christchurch. My ancestors came to Aotearoa from England, Scotland, Ireland and Poland.

I have particular experience and expertise in working with people with eating difficulties/disorders and/or body image issues.

I also work with a wide range of other issues, including anxiety and stress, depression, life difficulties, emotional avoidance, unresolved past issues or hurts, negative thoughts and general mental health concerns. I enjoy and value working with clients from diverse backgrounds.

In my work, I draw on a variety of counselling approaches, including Solution-focused Counselling, Narrative Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, as well as mindfulness practice.

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 20 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.

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.

Verity Armstrong


Phone: 021 027 01644
Email: verityarmstrong@gmail.com

Registered Psychotherapist
PBANZ, MNZAP
MHSc (Hons) Psych
GradDipPsycSocSt
ACC Registered

 He aha te mea nui o te ao?
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.

 I think of therapy as an opportunity to explore the underlying reasons for some of the difficulties we can experience throughout our lives. The process of this exploration can provide personal development as well as relief from painful symptoms.

I am a Kai Tahu, Mackintosh and Armstrong woman who has explored the impact of colonisation on my whanau and am interested in working with others on their whakapapa journey.

I have experience of working with trauma, grief, sexual abuse, relationship difficulties, depression and anxiety.  I also have a special interest in sex, love and relationships, and welcome referrals from people wishing to explore these parts of themselves and their lives.