About Us

A professional couple with complementary specialities in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Qualifications

Experience


  • 35 as an Art Therapist
  • 25 as a Psychotherapist
  • 22 as a Supervisor
  • Managing Stress & Anxiety / Depression / Anger
  • Trauma, Vicarious Trauma
  • Work & Life Balance / Burnout / Life Changes
  • Grief & Loss / Separation / Emigration
  • Communication / Relationships / Families / Parenting
  • Mediation / Personal Growth
  • Research on how to manage the impact of trauma
  • Published book Therapists’ Art and Trauma
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Art Therapy – effective short-term therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Relationship Re-pair Therapy
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)




Qualifications


  • Masters of Health Science (First Class Hon) AUT 2003
  • Diploma in Psychotherapy AIT 1992
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Supervision AIT 1996
  • Advanced Practicing Certificate NZAP 2002
  • Centre for Nonviolent Communication IIT (International Intensive Training) Certificate NZ 2005
  • Registered with Psychotherapy PBANZ
  • NZAP (NZ Association for Psychotherapists)
  • Vitae (Employment Counselling Programme)
  • OCP (Organisational Counselling Programmes)
  • Member of the Auckland NZAP supervisors’ supervision group




Membership


  • New Zealand Association for Psychotherapists (MNZAP)




Registrations/Affiliations


  • Vitae (Employment Counselling Programme)
  • OCP (Organistional Counselling Programme)
  • Registered with The Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa NZ




Specialties


  • Depression, Grief: Separation/Loss, Life Changes, Anxiety & Stress, Primary & Secondary Traumatic Stress
  • Work & Life Balance, Burnout, Post-traumatic Stress (written book on 'Contagious' / Traumatic Stress)
  • Relationship issues, Communication, Emigration issues
  • Couples Therapy with one or two therapists
  • Supervision in Art Therapy and Psychotherapy
  • Also offers therapy or supervision via Skype




Modalities


  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Art Therapy - effective short-term therapy
  • Art Psychotherapy - creatively healing the Soul with colour and shape
  • Jungian Depth Psychology
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Integrative Gestalt
  • Non-violent Communication (NVC) or Responsible and Respectful Communication
  • Cognitive Bahaviour Therapy - CBT
  • Emotional Freedom Technique - EFT (tapping)




Languages


  • English and German





Anita WACKER

Registered Psychotherapist PBANZ

Art Psychotherapist 

 Supervisor MNZAP

Workshop Facilitator

Anita originates from Germany. New Zealand has been her home for over 30 years. She is a vibrant person and very passionate about her work; her accent and way of thinking is refreshingly different. Her sessions are insightful and uplifting.


She has a talent for motivating people and assisting them to develop a positive relationship with themselves.

 

Her motto is; ‘What we focus on is what we create’. It is really important to intentionally train the happy muscles of the brain so that heavy loads are enlightened. The optimistic mind is a resilient mind and allows us to respond to what life throws at us more creatively and successfully - the key is to bend, but not break.

Qualifications

Experience


  • 16 years Counselling
  • 12 years Family Therapy
  • 11 years NVC Facilitator
  • 9 years Supervision
  • 9 years Community Mental Health




Qualifications


  • Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (Institute of Psychosynthesis) 2001
  • Certificate in Supervision (WIT) 2002
  • Centre for Nonviolent Communication IIT (International Intensive Training) Cert. NZ 2005
  • Community Skills Training Certificate (Carrington Polytechnic) 1990
  • Annual Practicing Cert. NZAC 2017-18




Membership


  • New Zealand Association for Psychotherapists (MNZAP)




Registrations/Affiliations


  • Prov. Member NZAC (NZ Assn of Counsellors)
  • Vitae (Employment Counselling Programme)




Expertise


  • Mindfulness & Meditation
  • Managing Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Trauma
  • Interpersonal Communication (Relationships/Families)
  • Grief Counselling / Anger Management
  • Work / Life Transitions




Modalities


  • Mindfulness
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC) OR Responsible and Respectful Comunication
  • Family Work
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Transactional Analysis (TA)
  • Jungian Depth Psychology
  • Psychosynthesis Counselling





Stephen MAY

Counsellor

Supervisor

Workshop Facilitator

(Prov. Member registered with NZAC)

Stephen is a Kiwi and able to connect and talk with people from all cultures, genders, ages and religions. He has a comfortable and easy way with individuals, couples and families. He comes from a large family and was affected by significant loss in his youth. He spent several years travelling, curious about the world, its people, customs and how they respond to issues and challenges we all face, no matter what colour, creed or nation. He brings open-mindedness to his counselling that encourages openness in others.

OUR SPACE

We are professionals and are here for you in a safe and confidential therapeutic environment. Our practice is situated in a private nature garden with resident doves, tuis and a host of other birds and flora.

 

When you arrive please park on Coroglen Avenue by 16 HeartLinks sign and walk to the waiting room, following these signs. If you have a physical disability please arrange parking with your therapist.

 
To make a booking or inquiry - call, text or email us;

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