Therapists in Otago

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Photo of Jacqueline Lucy Tangney, MNZAC, Counsellor
Jacqueline Lucy Tangney
Counsellor, MNZAC
Verified 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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Chris Brett
Psychologist, MSc
Verified 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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Photo of Alysha Simonsen, MPsych, Psychologist
Alysha Simonsen
Psychologist, MPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waitlist for new clients
Kiaora from your friendly neighbourhood Psychologist in Queenstown. I can help you to identify how anxiety, depression, struggles and patterns might be impacting on you living life well. We all get stuck, which can make us feel alone and broken. If this is you, then please know you are a certified human being and you are absolutely not alone! I would be thrilled to help you figure out what things we can do, learn or change to help your situation - no matter where you are, there are always things we can do to make it better. I have no waitlist, and am always able to accept and welcome new clients.
Kiaora from your friendly neighbourhood Psychologist in Queenstown. I can help you to identify how anxiety, depression, struggles and patterns might be impacting on you living life well. We all get stuck, which can make us feel alone and broken. If this is you, then please know you are a certified human being and you are absolutely not alone! I would be thrilled to help you figure out what things we can do, learn or change to help your situation - no matter where you are, there are always things we can do to make it better. I have no waitlist, and am always able to accept and welcome new clients.
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Photo of Michèle Lacroix, MA, NZAC - Provisional, Counsellor
Michèle Lacroix
Counsellor, MA, NZAC - Provisional
Verified Verified
Wanaka 9305
Hi! I've been working in mental health in Europe and NZ for many years, holding different roles and supporting people from all walks of life. As counsellor I provide a safe space for you to explore past and present experiences related to trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, migration related distress – topics I came to understand deeply through my own life experience, studies and training. My approach is ‘person centered’ and eclectic, which means that my focus is on you, while supporting the counselling process with different modalities.
Hi! I've been working in mental health in Europe and NZ for many years, holding different roles and supporting people from all walks of life. As counsellor I provide a safe space for you to explore past and present experiences related to trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, migration related distress – topics I came to understand deeply through my own life experience, studies and training. My approach is ‘person centered’ and eclectic, which means that my focus is on you, while supporting the counselling process with different modalities.
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Photo of Ainee Cha - Ainee Cha Mindfulness & Self-Discovery Coaching
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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Deb Phillips
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Kia ora, I’m Deb, a therapist & mental health professional passionate about helping you find the right insights to unlock the change you’re looking for in your life. I’m formally trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy as well as a number of other therapeutic models to tackle a diverse range of difficulties including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship problems, parenting challenges, childhood difficulties, postnatal depression, attachment difficulties and more.
Kia ora, I’m Deb, a therapist & mental health professional passionate about helping you find the right insights to unlock the change you’re looking for in your life. I’m formally trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy as well as a number of other therapeutic models to tackle a diverse range of difficulties including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship problems, parenting challenges, childhood difficulties, postnatal depression, attachment difficulties and more.
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Photo of Pauline Pringle-Thomas, PBANZ, Psychotherapist
Pauline Pringle-Thomas
Psychotherapist, PBANZ
Verified 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 Frankie Dean - Mindful Growing Partnership, PBANZ, Psychotherapist
Mindful Growing Partnership
Psychotherapist, PBANZ
Verified Verified
Wanaka 9382
Hi, I am a child-centered play therapist working with children age 2.5 to 12 years old. I am also a certified transactional analyst (CTA) working with individual adults and couples. I offer parenting consultations to strenghten the child-parent relationship.
Hi, I am a child-centered play therapist working with children age 2.5 to 12 years old. I am also a certified transactional analyst (CTA) working with individual adults and couples. I offer parenting consultations to strenghten the child-parent relationship.
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Photo of Kiara Moore, MA, Counsellor
Kiara Moore
Counsellor, MA
Verified Verified
Wanaka 9305
Are you finding it hard to cope with all the changes that have been going on lately? Do you find yourself getting easily overwhelmed and stressed. Perhaps you're having thoughts like "I'm not good enough", or "why am I being so emotional?" You may have tried turning to the things that once made you happy but have found limited success and are left feeling unfulfilled or stuck.
Are you finding it hard to cope with all the changes that have been going on lately? Do you find yourself getting easily overwhelmed and stressed. Perhaps you're having thoughts like "I'm not good enough", or "why am I being so emotional?" You may have tried turning to the things that once made you happy but have found limited success and are left feeling unfulfilled or stuck.
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Sarah Nicoll
Occupational Therapist
Verified Verified
Not accepting new clients
Hi there. I have 20+ years’ experience as New Zealand Registered Health Professional with an extensive background in both mental health therapy/counselling and occupational therapy. Using a combination of evidence based talking and somatic trauma therapies, I tailor my approach to support you to develop tools to navigate your mental health and/or life challenges you may be facing. We can address taking steps towards progress and meaningful change in whatever stage you are at in your life. This may include gaining insight into thinking patterns, beliefs, behaviour and body sensations that may be contributing or protecting factors.
Hi there. I have 20+ years’ experience as New Zealand Registered Health Professional with an extensive background in both mental health therapy/counselling and occupational therapy. Using a combination of evidence based talking and somatic trauma therapies, I tailor my approach to support you to develop tools to navigate your mental health and/or life challenges you may be facing. We can address taking steps towards progress and meaningful change in whatever stage you are at in your life. This may include gaining insight into thinking patterns, beliefs, behaviour and body sensations that may be contributing or protecting factors.
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Workitwell
Occupational Therapy
Verified Verified
Hi, I am Lana Van Lierop and have over 20 years experience as a Registered Health Professional and have worked specifically as a mental health therapist/coach (Occupational Therapist) for the past 5 years. I am passionate about working alongside you to identify what is important to you, your challenges and how you would like your life to be different. My approach is very practical, helping you to identify skills and life long coping strategies. I specialise in supporting clients with burnout and overwhelm, anxiety, low mood, workplace challenges, menopause and Long COVID.
Hi, I am Lana Van Lierop and have over 20 years experience as a Registered Health Professional and have worked specifically as a mental health therapist/coach (Occupational Therapist) for the past 5 years. I am passionate about working alongside you to identify what is important to you, your challenges and how you would like your life to be different. My approach is very practical, helping you to identify skills and life long coping strategies. I specialise in supporting clients with burnout and overwhelm, anxiety, low mood, workplace challenges, menopause and Long COVID.
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Photo of Taylor Rapley - AHUA Psychology, Psychologist
AHUA Psychology
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Wanaka 9305
I'm Taylor - I'm a Registered Psychologist and Mental Skills Coach born and raised in Queenstown, NZ based out of Wānaka. My approach to psychology is both holistic and evidence based. I work with people & athletes 1:1 in person and online using an ACT centred skills based approach. Sessions are more than just talk. Positive growth and long lasting change comes from putting what you know into action. It is my mission to empower you with skills to take action and make changes not just in session, but in your day-to-day life.
I'm Taylor - I'm a Registered Psychologist and Mental Skills Coach born and raised in Queenstown, NZ based out of Wānaka. My approach to psychology is both holistic and evidence based. I work with people & athletes 1:1 in person and online using an ACT centred skills based approach. Sessions are more than just talk. Positive growth and long lasting change comes from putting what you know into action. It is my mission to empower you with skills to take action and make changes not just in session, but in your day-to-day life.
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Photo of Jess Lochte, MA, AThR, Counsellor
Jess Lochte
Counsellor, MA, AThR
Verified Verified
Kia Ora! My name is Jess and I am a somatic counsellor, sensorimotor psychotherapist, and creative arts therapist. I work with adult clients across the whole wellbeing spectrum: from people who want to get more out of their life, find a deeper sense of self, or connect to their body; to those that have experienced trauma, struggling with basic tasks of daily living. Many have found traditional cognition based talk therapy less helpful or do not know yet how to put their experiences into words. No matter your reasons or motivations, I am here to create a space in which we can explore where you are, what you want, and what you need.
Kia Ora! My name is Jess and I am a somatic counsellor, sensorimotor psychotherapist, and creative arts therapist. I work with adult clients across the whole wellbeing spectrum: from people who want to get more out of their life, find a deeper sense of self, or connect to their body; to those that have experienced trauma, struggling with basic tasks of daily living. Many have found traditional cognition based talk therapy less helpful or do not know yet how to put their experiences into words. No matter your reasons or motivations, I am here to create a space in which we can explore where you are, what you want, and what you need.
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Dr. Rebecca Bloore
PhD
Verified Verified
Wanaka 9305
My name is Dr Rebecca Bloore (PhD) and after 13+years' experience conducting psychology research, I am offering consulting sessions. Are you or anyone you know struggling with relationships, worrying, difficulties at work, fatigue or stress? Using positive psychology, I take non-medication/research based approach to help assist with general wellbeing and help you thrive in your daily life. Located online/or in person (Wanaka). Couples and individuals welcome. All ages.
My name is Dr Rebecca Bloore (PhD) and after 13+years' experience conducting psychology research, I am offering consulting sessions. Are you or anyone you know struggling with relationships, worrying, difficulties at work, fatigue or stress? Using positive psychology, I take non-medication/research based approach to help assist with general wellbeing and help you thrive in your daily life. Located online/or in person (Wanaka). Couples and individuals welcome. All ages.
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Photo of Angela Waters
Angela Waters
Verified Verified
Mental wellbeing is a journey of creating and sustaining connection with authenticity, but this can be interrupted by stressful life events, relationship difficulties and communication break downs. I work with individuals struggling with low mood/anxiety/grief/stress who are motivated to explore their relational patterns and find better coping strategies. I want to help you feel more fulfilled, connected and at peace with yourself and your relationships.
Mental wellbeing is a journey of creating and sustaining connection with authenticity, but this can be interrupted by stressful life events, relationship difficulties and communication break downs. I work with individuals struggling with low mood/anxiety/grief/stress who are motivated to explore their relational patterns and find better coping strategies. I want to help you feel more fulfilled, connected and at peace with yourself and your relationships.
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Photo of Ross Palethorpe, NZAC - Provisional, Counsellor
Ross Palethorpe
Counsellor, NZAC - Provisional
Verified Verified
Oamaru 9400
I work a lot with people who've never seen a counsellor before. I'm interested in who you are now, where you want to be, and work with you to get there. I live in a rural area, have lots of experience working with the rainbow and neurodivergent communities, and strive to build a trusting, supportive relationship with clients where we can get to the heart of your situation. I can help you find your strengths, collaborate on strategies that work for you, and listen when you need someone to really hear your story.
I work a lot with people who've never seen a counsellor before. I'm interested in who you are now, where you want to be, and work with you to get there. I live in a rural area, have lots of experience working with the rainbow and neurodivergent communities, and strive to build a trusting, supportive relationship with clients where we can get to the heart of your situation. I can help you find your strengths, collaborate on strategies that work for you, and listen when you need someone to really hear your story.
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James Howey, Counselling and Supervision Services
Counsellor, MCouns, MNZAC
Verified 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 India Hughes-Chang, NZAC - Provisional, Counsellor
India Hughes-Chang
Counsellor, NZAC - Provisional
Verified 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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Laura Clarke
Verified Verified
Hi there. I have nearly 15 years experience of working with individuals supporting them with their mental health. I use a combination of evidence based therapy to work with individuals and promote positive change. I am a trained EMDR Therapist, EMDR is a evidence based therapy that is used to treat trauma.
Hi there. I have nearly 15 years experience of working with individuals supporting them with their mental health. I use a combination of evidence based therapy to work with individuals and promote positive change. I am a trained EMDR Therapist, EMDR is a evidence based therapy that is used to treat trauma.
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Pia Klaus
MA
Verified Verified
Wanaka 9382
Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, self-doubts or are feeling that something is holding you back from living your life to the fullest, I am here for you! I have a Master of Science in Psychology and I am a certified Rapid Transformational Practitioner, working with the subconscious mind and hypnotherapy. I am also a mother of two. I focus on treating the root cause and not only the symptoms of your issue, by reprogramming your mind.
Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, self-doubts or are feeling that something is holding you back from living your life to the fullest, I am here for you! I have a Master of Science in Psychology and I am a certified Rapid Transformational Practitioner, working with the subconscious mind and hypnotherapy. I am also a mother of two. I focus on treating the root cause and not only the symptoms of your issue, by reprogramming your mind.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in Otago who prioritize treating:

84% Anxiety
76% Depression
65% Relationship Issues
60% Stress
59% Trauma and PTSD
58% Self Esteem
52% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Southern Cross
50% Sovereign Health
50% AIA

How Counsellors in Otago see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
12% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Otago?

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.