People

Institute Directors

Helen Palmer

Ph. 09 625 9559

M.A. (Dist.) LL.B. Dip. Tchg.
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (London)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (London)
Registered Psychotherapist
MNZAP (Advanced Clinical Practice) Fellow of PAnzA

Has a background in education. Lived in Britain for many years before returning to N.Z. in 1986 to found the Institute. Has a private practice, trains and supervises professionals, teaches psychosynthesis. Is an ordained Interfaith minister, marriage and civil union celebrant. Helen has a particular interest in how we talk about our embodied spiritual experience in ways that contribute to our multicultural understanding in this bicultural nation.

Peter Hubbard

Ph. 09 625 9559

M.A. Dip. Tchg
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (London)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (London)
Registered Psychotherapist
MNZAP (Advanced Clinical Practice) Fellow of PAnzA

Trained at the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London. Works with groups and individuals. Has been involved in the business sector for a number of years and is interested in the application of psychosynthesis principles in this context through consultation. Co-founder of the Institute, teacher, trainer, supervisor and therapist.

Institute Staff

Catherine Russell

027 291 0063

BSc (Hons)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAC MPAnzA

Catherine works in private practice in Mt. Eden and Epsom, Auckland. Enjoys working with individuals and couples along with relationship dynamics in the workplace. Has a background in food and nutrition research in N.Z. and the South Pacific and then in staff support roles for individuals and groups at work.

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Christa Carfrae

Ph 09 480 0981

CQSW Dip. Applied Social Studies
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAP MNZAC MIARRP
Post-Grad. Cert. in Professional Supervision; MPAnzA

I have a private practice on the North Shore working as a psychotherapist, counsellor and professional supervisor. I previously trained and worked as a social worker, supervisor and group facilitator in the trauma, community mental health and justice fields. I continue to have a deep interest in helping clients to explore and resolve issues of trauma, grief, loss, depression, anxiety, and/or spiritual crisis so that lives are engaged and lived with more inner freedom and intimacy. I offer supervision, short term work also and I am an ACC Sensitive Claims approved counsellor.

Claire Virtue

Ph 09 378 7684

M.SW (Hons.) CQSW Dip. Social Studies
Diploma in Addiction Studies (C.I.T.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAP MPAnzA

I work in private practice in Westmere and am trained in family and narrative therapy. I have an on-going interest with trauma and issues of sexual identity. I facilitate supervision and personal development groups. I have a passion for assisting couples expore and deepen their communication. I am committed to my own spiritual pathway and working with those exploring spiritual awakening. I offer supervision and ACC approved counselling.

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Dale Wiren

Ph 09 828 2980

B.A. Post-Grad. Dip. Supervision
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAP (Advanced Clinical Practice) MNZAC MIARRP MPAnzA

I am a psychotherapist in private practice, working with individuals, couples and groups. I have particular experience in working with issues of trauma, the problematic use of alcohol and other drugs combined with mental health issues, spiritual emergency, and the complexities of sexual identity and sexual behaviour in relation to intimacy. I also offer supervision, and am ACC approved for Sensitive Claims work.

Deryn Cooper

Ph 09 815 9996

PhD (Auck) MA Hons. Dip. Tchg.
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
MNZAC Member International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
Post-Grad. Cert. in Professional Supervision; MPAnzA

Background in developmental and interpersonal psychology, teaching and research. Particular therapeutic interests in the relationship between physical and mental health (e.g. CFS/ME/Fibromyalgia, menopause etc.) trauma, addressing creativity and working cross-culturally. Works with couples. Offers supervision. ACC approved.

John Kingston

Ph 09 625 4381

B.A.
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Post-Grad Cert. in Jungian and Transpersonal Psychology
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAC
Post-Grad. Cert. in Professional Supervision; MPAnzA

Works in private practice providing counselling, psychotherapy and supervision. Is particularly interested in the unconscious dynamics and processes between people, and how recognition of these can lead to more fulfilling relationships. Is married with adult children.

Julie O’Brien

Ph 09 407 1159

B.A.
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Post-Grad. Cert. in Professional Supervision; Assoc.MPAnzA

Is no longer practising as a psychotherapist, offering supervision, or teaching. However, she is a moderator and an advisor for the Institute, while undertaking her own writing informed by psychosynthesis. She offers writing and editing services from her home in Kerikeri.

Mark Skelding

Ph 07 868 3220
021 416 332

M.Ed. (Social Ecology)

Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
MNZAC MPAnzAsonglines@paradise.net.nz

Background in communications and marketing in cultural environmental settings. Interested in how we make sense and thrive within challenging experiences – personal, interpersonal, social, global. Has a general practice in Auckland and Thames. Offers Skype sessions where appropriate.

Robyn Rogers

Ph 09 832 7954

Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAC MPAnzA

Has a private practice, teaches psychosynthesis, and offers supervision. Her particular interest is in addressing the big questions, “What are you meant to do?” or “Why are you here?” to help you know and embrace your Purpose, Meaning and Value and so bring your gifts into the world in a life-enhancing way. She has over forty years experience purposefully embracing partnership in the bicultural context of our country Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Trisha Stratford

Ph 09 358 4216
Mob 027 519 5550

PhD (Neuroscience) M.Psychotherapy M.Counselling
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MPACFA MPAnzA MAABCAP

Trisha has a general practice in Sydney. Her special interest is in the interplay of neuroscience and spirituality. She focuses on working with clients suffering stress, anxiety, depression and living with chronic ill health. Trisha offers supervision and skype.

Institute Associates

Andrew MacGregor

Ph 021 116 2636

Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAP

I am a psychotherapist in private practice and with two Primary Health Organisations. I welcome individuals and couples. My interest is in crisis, change, and making new meaning as part of life’s rich journey to greater wholeness. Is an ACC Sensitive Claims Provider.

Aroha Mahoney

Ph 07 870 5049

M.Sc.(Hons)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Adv.Dip. of Applied Jungian Psychology
MNZAP (Advanced Clinical Practice)

Has a teaching and administration background and is an exhibiting mixed media artist. Has a private practice in Te Awamutu. Is interested in personal mythology and a lived spirituality.

Catherine Gilberd

Ph 027 785 3806

B.A. CQSW Dip. Applied Soc. Studies
Post-Grad Cert. Therapeutic Application of the Arts
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAP MNZAC MPAnzA

Works in private practice in Petone, Lower Hutt offering counselling, psychotherapy and supervision. Background working in social work with children and families and then with adults in a multi-disciplinary community mental health team for many years. Enjoys working with clients who are open to a process of discovery and growth. Interested in how we can continue to awaken in everyday life, acknowledging both the simplicity and complexity of our lives as we engage the human journey. ACC Approved.

Christine Johannis

Ph 09 629 2399
021 1576036

B.A. (Psychology)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAC MPAnzA

Christine has private practices in Sandringham and Titirangi. She is an experienced group worker as well as a practising psychotherapist.  She enjoys guiding her clients through life’s challenges with the aim of bringing more meaning and fullness to their lives. She has considerable experience working with trauma recovery, loss of meaning, grief, anxiety, depression and relationship issues. She is ACC approved.

Jan Williams

Ph 09 416 0670
027 281 5606

Registered Nurse (N.Z.) NZNO
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
MNZAC

Practices in Auckland and Tauranga. Jan has a background in nursing and business and brings this experience to her work as a therapist in private practice and in organisations. She uses a body/mind and physiological approach to working with trauma, depression, anxiety and health issues. She is passionate  about supporting her clients to express their potential and to find a sense of meaning, connectedness and joy in their lives. www.creatingconnection.co.nz

Jennifer McGarry

Ph 09 817 1110

Post-Grad. Cert in Health Science RGON
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAP

Is a registered psychotherapist in private practice in Titirangi. Her interest lies in transformational dynamics and she specialises in recovery from traumatic births, spiritual crises, sexuality, relationship dynamics, personal mythology and holistic health. Is doing on-going Jungian and transpersonal studies. Is a certified Imago Couple Counsellor.

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Johanna Perfect

Ph 022 658 8799

BPlan (First Class Honours)
DipBusStud (Dispute Resolution)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MPAnzA MNZAP (Provisional)

I am in private practice in Te Atatu Peninsula. My background is in community development and dispute resolution and I have a special interest in working with men and women living with the effects of trauma, with new parents and with those seeking to express their highest values with creativity and aliveness. http://www.peninsulapsychotherapy.co.nz

Juliet Batten

Ph 09 361 3384

PhD.
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.),
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MPAnzA

Extensive experience teaching creativity, personal growth and ritual workshops. Artist and writer, whose publications include Celebrating the Southern Seasons, Growing into Wisdom, A Cup of Sunlight, Touching Snow, Dancing with the Seasons and Spirited Aging. In private practice since 1988. Special interest in ageing, late midlife transformation, spirituality, and creative process, including writing of PhD theses. Offers supervision.
www.julietbatten.co.nz
www.seasonalinspiration.blogspot.com

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Leah Whiu

Ph 07 825 0082
021 069 4094

B.Sc. Dip. Tchg. LL.B (Hons) LL.M (Hons)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAC

He uri ahau no Ngatihine me Ngapuhi. E noho ana ahau kei Whaingaroa. I am from the peoples of Ngatihine and Ngapuhi and currently live in Whaingaroa, Raglan where I have a private practice working with individuals and couples. I am deeply drawn to whanaungatanga and connection in relationship with self, others, whanau, family, communities and our contexts and environments. I also have an enduring interest in working with suffering and trauma and the creativity of our unique unfolding.

Lynne Holdem

Ph 06 769 6050

B.A. Dip. Tchg. Dip. Drama
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist (Advanced Clinical Practice) MNZAP MNZAC

Lynne has a private psychotherapy practice in New Plymouth and also offers supervision there and in Auckland. She loves to work with groups and is interested in community dialogue through Taranaki Changemakers. She gives talks on psychological and spiritual topics.
psychematters-lynneholdem.blogspot.com.

Margaret Pearl

Ph 021 2559 991

Cert. Supervision
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAP (Advanced Clinical Practice) MIARPP

I am a psychotherapist in private practice, working with couples, individuals and offer supervision. I was born and raised in the Hawkes Bay, and was, variously wife, mother and farmer. Of the three, only mother (and now grandmother) endures. I have been a counsellor and psychotherapist since 1981 and am intensely and practically involved with the ethics of good practice. I have an abiding interest in relationship, feminist and gender issues – and an unquenchable faith in the ‘possible’. ACC approved.

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Dr Mark Haxell PhD

Ph 09 443 7114
021 422 711

MSc (Hons), PhD (Psychology)
MHPract in Psychotherapy Practice
PG Diploma in Clinical Supervision
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
NZAP Certificate in Advanced Clinical practice
Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Psychologist MNZAP, MNZPsychSoc, MICounsPsy, MRSNZ, MPanza ACA

My practice is on the North Shore, working with individuals and couples. I have special interests and experience in working with youth, relationships, severe trauma (sexual abuse) and people who have been in jail. I am an experienced counseling supervisor and trainer. I am a Family Court Psychologist. I work with life crises and change points for a diverse range of clients. ACC approved.
www.drmarkhaxell.co.nz

Meg Davidson-Carbonatto

Ph +61 466 960 335
meg.carbonatto@gmail.com

Ph.D.
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
MACA

Has moved to Queensland and is happy to receive referrals for clients in Brisbane and Sunshine Coast communities. Involved in private practice and writing. Brings to all her professional activities a commitment to helping clients manifest their full potential, creating lives infused with meaning and joy. Interest and experience in crises of meaning, spiritual awakening, life and career transitions, ACA, relational and couples work, grief, and phobias.

Minh Truong-George

Ph 027 235 7845

B.A. (Psychology) (Auckland)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAC

Is a mother and wife and has a background in art making. Minh is committed in supporting the healing potential of the human spirit to transform pain and suffering into wisdom and compassion. She also has a cross-cultural background and is interested in supporting clients find Self identity, richness and authenticity while living with(in) differences in their lives. She sees individuals and couples in her private practice in Remuera. Is a registered PHO provider.

Moira McGuinness

Ph 027 224 7088

M.A. Dip. Tchg. LTCL
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
MNZAC

Has a background in education, mediation and counselling adolescents and adults. Has a private practice in Auckland and Waiheke. Teaches and leads groups. Special interest in relationships of all kinds including families in all forms. Is fascinated by the power of words and language and the shape-making that these offer. Supervises to the healing professions.

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Nichola Beamish

Ph 07 571 0011
021 101 2173

Dip. Tchg.
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
MPAnzA

Has a long history in education working with both children and adults. Is committed to creatively and compassionately guiding clients through the process of knowing themselves more fully and of being able to direct their experience in a way that is more uniquely self affirming, purposeful and meaningful. Is particularly interested in life transitions, issues of loss and grief, intimacy and connection and helping clients to connect deeply with themselves through the heights and depths of their journey.

Pamela Baker

Ph 09 405 9435

Dip Ed. ( Tchg) , Dip Sp. and Drama ( W.A. Australia)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAC MPAnzA

Lives and practises counselling and psychotherapy in Northland from certified organic property: “Mahinga Oranga” (Garden of Wellbeing.). Has a general practice with a special commitment to working with trauma and arising issues of loss and grief, depression, dislocation and adjustment. Passionate about the empowerment of the marginalised. Bi-culturally experienced as well as extensive multi-cultural experience. Is an ACC Counsellor/Psychotherapist Provider.

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Paul Moloney

Ph 09 416 1193
027 4474 713

BSc (Medical Physiology) BBS (Accountancy)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist Provisional Member NZAC

Paul has a private practice in West Auckland. He has a broad background in business and medical sciences and is interested in applied philosophy. He works by helping clients explore more deeply who they are and how to open to their deeper levels of being while at the same time being fully engaged in the challenges, joys and suffering in their lives.

Peta Kingston

Ph 09 625 4381

Dip. Tchg.
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAC

With a particular interest in creativity, life transitions and adoption issues, Peta offers counselling and psychotherapy in private practice. She has an abiding belief that everyone is capable of life enhancing choices in order to realise their potential. In recent years she has also developed an interest in ongoing workplace support.

Sarah Tritt

Ph 027 669 3824
sarah.tritt@gmail.com

B.A. (Social Anthropology)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAP

Working in private practice in Christchurch as counsellor and psychosynthesis therapist. Particularly interested in life transitions, issues of loss and grief, spiritual awakening and working with clients to identify purpose, meaning and value. Actively involved in the Southern Insight Buddhist sangha. ACC approved with extensive experience working with sexual abuse trauma.

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Susan Matheson

Ph 09 431 5997

      0276052427

BRegistered Nurse (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAC MPAnzA

Susan works in private practice in Mangawhai, Northland as a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor. She also works for SOS Kaipara, a specialised sexual and family violence agency, based in Dargaville and covering the Kaipara region. SOS Kaipara is funded to provide free Counselling to women and children. In addition, Susan works with individuals, couples and whanau groups; is interested and experienced in working with a wide range of issues including trauma recovery, sexual identity, life and spiritual transitions; has extensive Bi-Cultural experience.

Teresa Woodham

Ph 027 296 4952

B.A. Dip. Drama C.L.T.A.
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAP Assoc. MPAnzA

Teresa has relocated from Auckland to Hawkes Bay and will be seeking referrals in the region from February 2015 for counselling and psychotherapy. She has a special interest in working with issues of grief, loss and meaning making, particularly with women who are childless through circumstance. She will continue to offer workshops in Auckland and Hawkes Bay. She also offers skype sessions. Teresa has a strong background in the performing arts and is passionate about the healing powers of creative expression.

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Val Hayes

Ph 09 521 4676
021 292 1035
val@therapyworx.co.nz

Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.)
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (N.Z.)
Registered Psychotherapist MNZAC

In private practice in Central Auckland working with individuals from a diverse range of cultures and ethnicities. I contract to 2 PHO’s and an EAP organisation as well as working with private clients and offer supervision. My practice is general but I have an interest in healing relational conflict (current and historical) and promoting courage towards empowerment.