Therapists in Dunedin

Photo of James Howey, Counselling and Supervision Services, Counsellor in Dunedin, Otago
James Howey, Counselling and Supervision Services
Counsellor, MCouns, MNZAC
Verified
Dunedin 9010
The experience of engaging in counselling is a deeply personal journey that affects all of us in different ways, and sometimes in ways we would never have expected. By us talking together through your concerns, counselling can support you to see solutions you didn’t know were there. It can also help you find ways to manage better and move on in your life I understand and honour that each person’s story is unique in that we are all affected by life in different ways. I also understand the importance of being respectful of each person’s culture and belief systems.
The experience of engaging in counselling is a deeply personal journey that affects all of us in different ways, and sometimes in ways we would never have expected. By us talking together through your concerns, counselling can support you to see solutions you didn’t know were there. It can also help you find ways to manage better and move on in your life I understand and honour that each person’s story is unique in that we are all affected by life in different ways. I also understand the importance of being respectful of each person’s culture and belief systems.
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Photo of Jacqueline Lucy Tangney, Counsellor in Dunedin, Otago
Jacqueline Lucy Tangney
Counsellor, MNZAC
Verified
Dunedin 9035
Kia Ora, I'm Jacqui. I am passionate about helping people to find new ways to understand themselves, gain new insights into theirs and others behaviours and and break unhelpful patterns. I work collaboratively with my clients, enabling them to feel empowered to explore the issues and make changes in their lives. My areas of special interest include anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, relationship issues, boundaries setting, parenting, grief and loss and trauma.
Kia Ora, I'm Jacqui. I am passionate about helping people to find new ways to understand themselves, gain new insights into theirs and others behaviours and and break unhelpful patterns. I work collaboratively with my clients, enabling them to feel empowered to explore the issues and make changes in their lives. My areas of special interest include anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, relationship issues, boundaries setting, parenting, grief and loss and trauma.
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Photo of Pauline Pringle-Thomas, Psychotherapist in Dunedin, Otago
Pauline Pringle-Thomas
Psychotherapist, PBANZ
Verified
Dunedin 9011
The people who find most success in psychotherapy are motivated and able to develop a good relationship with their therapist. They have good insight and are willing to meet weekly or in some cases more regularly to maintain an emotional attachment. This is the basis of healing, learning and understanding thoughts, feelings and how they influence behaviour. Developmentally the earlier the trauma the more frequent contact needs to be. I enjoy working in the community. A community based approach is more relational work as opposed to analytical.
The people who find most success in psychotherapy are motivated and able to develop a good relationship with their therapist. They have good insight and are willing to meet weekly or in some cases more regularly to maintain an emotional attachment. This is the basis of healing, learning and understanding thoughts, feelings and how they influence behaviour. Developmentally the earlier the trauma the more frequent contact needs to be. I enjoy working in the community. A community based approach is more relational work as opposed to analytical.
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Photo of India Hughes-Chang, Counsellor in Dunedin, Otago
India Hughes-Chang
Counsellor, NZAC - Provisional
Verified
Dunedin 9011
I am an experienced and passionate Counsellor specialised in working with children, teenagers, and young adults. I am committed to listening deeply to people and walking alongside them on their journey, whatever that may look like.
I am an experienced and passionate Counsellor specialised in working with children, teenagers, and young adults. I am committed to listening deeply to people and walking alongside them on their journey, whatever that may look like.
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Chris Brett
Psychologist, MSc
Verified
Dunedin 9016  (Online Only)
I am a registered clinical psychologist working in a private setting. I have almost 7 years of experience, working both privately and for the DHB. I am trained in EMDR, CBT, and ACT therapies. I enjoy working with a wide range of presentations including trauma, mood difficulties, anxiety, etc. I also have extensive experience working in neurological rehabilitation (e.g., concussions, TBI's, etc), health difficulties, and functional neurological disorder (FND).
I am a registered clinical psychologist working in a private setting. I have almost 7 years of experience, working both privately and for the DHB. I am trained in EMDR, CBT, and ACT therapies. I enjoy working with a wide range of presentations including trauma, mood difficulties, anxiety, etc. I also have extensive experience working in neurological rehabilitation (e.g., concussions, TBI's, etc), health difficulties, and functional neurological disorder (FND).
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Ainee Cha Mindfulness & Self-Discovery Coaching
Dunedin 9011
Are you constantly putting pressure upon yourself and feeling overwhelmed by life's demand? Do you find yourself suppressing your emotions or find it difficult letting go? Regretting the past, worrying about the future and not living in the present moment? Feeling overwhelmed with stress at home, family demands, arguments, expectations, or separations? Feeling as though things are spiraling out of control and cannot stop worrying? I focus on anxiety and worry, stress and burnout, life transitions, difficulty in focusing, emotional reactivity, negative thought patterns, over-thinking and ruminating thoughts.
Are you constantly putting pressure upon yourself and feeling overwhelmed by life's demand? Do you find yourself suppressing your emotions or find it difficult letting go? Regretting the past, worrying about the future and not living in the present moment? Feeling overwhelmed with stress at home, family demands, arguments, expectations, or separations? Feeling as though things are spiraling out of control and cannot stop worrying? I focus on anxiety and worry, stress and burnout, life transitions, difficulty in focusing, emotional reactivity, negative thought patterns, over-thinking and ruminating thoughts.
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Photo of Mind'sEye Psychotherapy, Counsellor in Dunedin, Otago
Mind'sEye Psychotherapy
Counsellor
Verified
Dunedin 9016
Seeking therapy is not only for those with mental health struggles, but effective therapy can be extremely worthwhile for many and critically necessary for some. I believe that therapy can help manage life’s many challenges and live a more fulfilling and meaningful life, providing us insight into our inner most thoughts and feelings and how to cope with them. As a Nurse Therapist (Psychotherapist Trainee), I have trained in different therapeutic modalities to work with a wide range of clients of various age groups who struggle with complex trauma, addictions, depression, anxiety, sexuality and sexual trauma
Seeking therapy is not only for those with mental health struggles, but effective therapy can be extremely worthwhile for many and critically necessary for some. I believe that therapy can help manage life’s many challenges and live a more fulfilling and meaningful life, providing us insight into our inner most thoughts and feelings and how to cope with them. As a Nurse Therapist (Psychotherapist Trainee), I have trained in different therapeutic modalities to work with a wide range of clients of various age groups who struggle with complex trauma, addictions, depression, anxiety, sexuality and sexual trauma
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Photo of Bridget Stella Wilson, Counsellor in Dunedin, Otago
Bridget Stella Wilson
Counsellor
Verified
Dunedin 9010
I specialise in treating people with addiction, as well as their families. I believe the disease of addiction is one that we can recover from and that it's a health problem that can be treated successfully. My approach is client-centred using modalities including motivational interviewing, CBT and the 12 Steps. I studied at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Minnesota, USA, graduating in 2009. I am registered with the New Zealand Addiction Practitioners' Association, Dapaanz, a professional organisation with a code of ethics. I am also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT).
I specialise in treating people with addiction, as well as their families. I believe the disease of addiction is one that we can recover from and that it's a health problem that can be treated successfully. My approach is client-centred using modalities including motivational interviewing, CBT and the 12 Steps. I studied at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Minnesota, USA, graduating in 2009. I am registered with the New Zealand Addiction Practitioners' Association, Dapaanz, a professional organisation with a code of ethics. I am also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT).
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South Otago Counselling Services
Counsellor
Dunedin 9010
As an Assistant Managing Ambassador for international online transgender support groups with 45 000 plus members, I'm also specialised in counselling for transgender and gender-diverse communities to assist with making their transition smooth as possible. I also assist with their mental health issues ie. suicidal, anxiety and depression issues within themselves and their partners/spouses and/or family relations. I help them to accept their true identity and place in the community and cope with the changes connected with real-life transitioning and fulfilment of their desires to live a happy and stress-free life.
As an Assistant Managing Ambassador for international online transgender support groups with 45 000 plus members, I'm also specialised in counselling for transgender and gender-diverse communities to assist with making their transition smooth as possible. I also assist with their mental health issues ie. suicidal, anxiety and depression issues within themselves and their partners/spouses and/or family relations. I help them to accept their true identity and place in the community and cope with the changes connected with real-life transitioning and fulfilment of their desires to live a happy and stress-free life.
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Photo of Bridget Stella Wilson, Counsellor in Dunedin, Otago
Bridget Stella Wilson
Counsellor
Verified
Dunedin 9010
I believe that addiction is a primary disease and that a person's other issues will stem from this fundamental problem. Therefore it's important to treat the addiction first. People with addiction often use alcohol and other drugs or behaviours to 'cope'. In the beginning the substance or the behaviour (such as sex addiction) was the 'solution', but after a while it became the problem. My approach is to offer therapy that is focused on a new, results-focused solution. The goal is offering my clients 'tools' so that they can change behaviour that is causing problems in their lives.
I believe that addiction is a primary disease and that a person's other issues will stem from this fundamental problem. Therefore it's important to treat the addiction first. People with addiction often use alcohol and other drugs or behaviours to 'cope'. In the beginning the substance or the behaviour (such as sex addiction) was the 'solution', but after a while it became the problem. My approach is to offer therapy that is focused on a new, results-focused solution. The goal is offering my clients 'tools' so that they can change behaviour that is causing problems in their lives.
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Photo of Becky Bradley, Counsellor in Dunedin, Otago
Becky Bradley
Counsellor, MCouns
Dunedin 9010  (Online Only)
I am an experienced Counsellor with a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. I support clients with varying issues, from anxiety, relationship difficulties and body image to eating disorders and trauma. Growing up in several different countries has given me a deep appreciation for people of diverse cultures, identities and backgrounds, and has informed my open-minded understanding and acceptance of others. With experience providing long-term, trauma-informed counselling, I offer a safe, collaborative and non-judgemental space where you can feel heard, supported and work towards your goals.
I am an experienced Counsellor with a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. I support clients with varying issues, from anxiety, relationship difficulties and body image to eating disorders and trauma. Growing up in several different countries has given me a deep appreciation for people of diverse cultures, identities and backgrounds, and has informed my open-minded understanding and acceptance of others. With experience providing long-term, trauma-informed counselling, I offer a safe, collaborative and non-judgemental space where you can feel heard, supported and work towards your goals.
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Photo of Paola Therapy Online, Counsellor in Dunedin, Otago
Paola Therapy Online
Counsellor, MPsych, MNZAC
Verified
Dunedin 9010
Do you need an experienced therapist with a solid mental health background that can help you with a vast array of symptoms and/or conditions?
Do you need an experienced therapist with a solid mental health background that can help you with a vast array of symptoms and/or conditions?
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Photo of Dr Paul Duignan, Psychologist in Dunedin, Otago
Dr Paul Duignan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Dunedin 9011
I am both a clinical psychologist and organisation strategist. I work with individuals and organisations, including in the cross-over area between personal and professional wellbeing and career issues. I have experience in many different high-pressure organisations in many sectors: health, public, nonprofit, entrepreneurial and startups. I work face to face and online with people from all walks of life. Recent client feedback on my work: 'I was quite astounded with how spot on you were with being able to articulate what was going on for me'. I use a practical approach based on using the best current evidence about what works.
I am both a clinical psychologist and organisation strategist. I work with individuals and organisations, including in the cross-over area between personal and professional wellbeing and career issues. I have experience in many different high-pressure organisations in many sectors: health, public, nonprofit, entrepreneurial and startups. I work face to face and online with people from all walks of life. Recent client feedback on my work: 'I was quite astounded with how spot on you were with being able to articulate what was going on for me'. I use a practical approach based on using the best current evidence about what works.
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Photo of Claire Thompson, Counsellor in Dunedin, Otago
Claire Thompson
Counsellor, MNZAC
Verified
Dunedin 9010
Face to face (Auckland), online and phone appointments are available NZ and world wide.
Face to face (Auckland), online and phone appointments are available NZ and world wide.
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Photo of Ellie Lockhart Coaching & Hypnotherapy in Dunedin, Otago
Ellie Lockhart Coaching & Hypnotherapy
Dunedin 9010
Do you feel like your mind and body are being hijacked by recent or old traumatic events? Do you feel like you lose control of your thoughts and behaviour? Are you being held back from living the life you want? Of being the parent, partner, colleague or leader, you want to be? You are frustrated that you can't shake it off? It's exhausting and affecting your relationships and coping skills. You just want to be free of it and get on with your life. You may also be holding back from getting professional support because you can't bear to talk about it. What if you could resolve this with minimal talking and time?
Do you feel like your mind and body are being hijacked by recent or old traumatic events? Do you feel like you lose control of your thoughts and behaviour? Are you being held back from living the life you want? Of being the parent, partner, colleague or leader, you want to be? You are frustrated that you can't shake it off? It's exhausting and affecting your relationships and coping skills. You just want to be free of it and get on with your life. You may also be holding back from getting professional support because you can't bear to talk about it. What if you could resolve this with minimal talking and time?
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Photo of Karearea Counselling, Counsellor in Dunedin, Otago
Karearea Counselling
Counsellor, MNZCCA
Verified
Dunedin 9010
Kia ora, my name is Glen, I'm a fully qualified therapist with extensive training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) with IFSCA and have become part of their training team. I know it can be hard to find the right therapist. You are inviting someone into your inner world and that requires the courage to be vulnerable. It is a privilege to be part of my clients' journeys, it is sacred to me, and I value the opportunity greatly. Your courage to reach out and be vulnerable will be met safely and with respect, a space to be seen, heard and understood. A space where healing can happen.
Kia ora, my name is Glen, I'm a fully qualified therapist with extensive training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) with IFSCA and have become part of their training team. I know it can be hard to find the right therapist. You are inviting someone into your inner world and that requires the courage to be vulnerable. It is a privilege to be part of my clients' journeys, it is sacred to me, and I value the opportunity greatly. Your courage to reach out and be vulnerable will be met safely and with respect, a space to be seen, heard and understood. A space where healing can happen.
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Photo of Kristina Grace in Dunedin, Otago
Kristina Grace
Verified
Dunedin 9010
Perhaps you are overwhelmed with depression or anxiety, feel helpless or hopeless and you want to get yourself back again - enjoy life? Perhaps you find life is unfulfilling, you feel stuck in the same rut and struggle to change your life to be more what you would like it to be? Or are you experiencing conflict, relationship issues, self-esteem issues or stress and need help and support at this time? Together we can find a way forward. I am the author of the "Out of the Fog" programme delivered in group and individual therapy which has helped hundreds of people to recover/become well from depression/anxiety.
Perhaps you are overwhelmed with depression or anxiety, feel helpless or hopeless and you want to get yourself back again - enjoy life? Perhaps you find life is unfulfilling, you feel stuck in the same rut and struggle to change your life to be more what you would like it to be? Or are you experiencing conflict, relationship issues, self-esteem issues or stress and need help and support at this time? Together we can find a way forward. I am the author of the "Out of the Fog" programme delivered in group and individual therapy which has helped hundreds of people to recover/become well from depression/anxiety.
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Photo of Samantha Spafford, Psychologist in Dunedin, Otago
Samantha Spafford
Psychologist, MSc, NZPsS Member
Verified
Dunedin 9010
If you are looking for a warm, caring and also highly effective psychologist then I think you have come to the right place. I tailor my approach to fit your goals and circumstances. Using standardised measures we will reflect together on how things progress over the time we work together. Seeing this progress is really important for both of us. It's great for you to see the gains that you are achieving and it also helps us stay on track with things that are important to you. I provide a telehealth psychology service via a secure high-quality video platform. This means you can access your appointment from home. Easy!
If you are looking for a warm, caring and also highly effective psychologist then I think you have come to the right place. I tailor my approach to fit your goals and circumstances. Using standardised measures we will reflect together on how things progress over the time we work together. Seeing this progress is really important for both of us. It's great for you to see the gains that you are achieving and it also helps us stay on track with things that are important to you. I provide a telehealth psychology service via a secure high-quality video platform. This means you can access your appointment from home. Easy!
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Photo of Luba Kabanov, Psychotherapist in Dunedin, Otago
Luba Kabanov
Psychotherapist, PBANZ
Verified
Dunedin 9016
Waitlist for new clients
In our work together we will concentrate on you getting the authentic, most fulfilling and happy version of your life, whatever that might look like for you. With gentle support and guidance, I will help you navigate the path you choose, whether it's reducing stress, attaining inner peace, worrying less about others' opinions, gaining self-confidence, fostering enjoyable relationships, or enhancing your work life.
In our work together we will concentrate on you getting the authentic, most fulfilling and happy version of your life, whatever that might look like for you. With gentle support and guidance, I will help you navigate the path you choose, whether it's reducing stress, attaining inner peace, worrying less about others' opinions, gaining self-confidence, fostering enjoyable relationships, or enhancing your work life.
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Photo of Regina Webb, Counsellor in Dunedin, Otago
Regina Webb
Counsellor
2 Endorsed
Dunedin 9012
Do you find yourself lost in your thoughts? Are these thoughts constantly on your mind keeping you from living your life? Through life's obstacles and challenges, there is a story. You deserved to be heard for yourself or your relationship with your loved ones. Each journey with a client is unique. I am here to listen if you are experiencing anxiety, stress, anger or depression. When past traumas or present issues create road bumps in your life, I can work collaboratively to help you make sense of it all.
Do you find yourself lost in your thoughts? Are these thoughts constantly on your mind keeping you from living your life? Through life's obstacles and challenges, there is a story. You deserved to be heard for yourself or your relationship with your loved ones. Each journey with a client is unique. I am here to listen if you are experiencing anxiety, stress, anger or depression. When past traumas or present issues create road bumps in your life, I can work collaboratively to help you make sense of it all.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Dunedin

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in Dunedin who prioritize treating:

88% Anxiety
81% Depression
63% Relationship Issues
63% Trauma and PTSD
63% Stress
59% Self Esteem
50% Behavioural Issues

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Southern Cross
100% Sovereign Health
100% AIA

How Counsellors in Dunedin see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
16% Male
3% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Dunedin?

Search for nearby therapists or counsellors by inputting your city, postcode, or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or postcode into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

Psychologists listed in the directory are registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act). To be listed in the directory, psychotherapists must be registered through the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand. Counsellors listed in the directory should have a minimum training of NZQF 6 or higher, and many are registered with a professional body, such as the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).

Providers whose professional membership or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Given that professional memberships are not a statutory requirement for counsellors in New Zealand, certain qualified professionals or organisations may choose not to maintain such memberships despite possessing the necessary qualifications. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counsellor?

Psychologists, counsellors, and psychotherapists  can all provide counselling or talking therapy and have credentials and supervised, practical experience that enable them to do so in New Zealand.

Psychologists possess a minimum of a master's degree in Psychology and are registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board. Psychotherapists typically hold the equivalent of a Master's or Doctorate Degree in Psychotherapy, depending on their programme of study. Many psychotherapists have themselves undergone psychotherapy as part of their training. In order to be a member of NZAC, Counsellors must have a bachelor's or master's degree in Counselling and complete ongoing professional development and education.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, the cost of a therapy session in New Zealand could be between $100 and $200. If you have private insurance, your plan may cover some if not all of your sessions. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if they provide coverage for therapy sessions and to determine what, if any, requirements they might have in order for your sessions to be covered, such as a referral from your GP or medical specialist.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

If you are struggling to access therapy due to budget constraints, you could also consider public funded mental health services. To access these services you will need to be assessed and referred by your GP or family doctor. However, you will have limited choice regarding the specialist and the length of treatment that will be assigned to you. In addition, Community Mental Health and Addiction services are also available through your local District Health Board (DHB).

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your postcode.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Professionals registered with the Boards and/or who are members of professional organisations are obligated to uphold client confidentiality unless there is a legal reason that requires them to disclose information. Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship and only under specific circumstances, such as when there is the potential or known harm to the client or others, or a court order, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.