My clients are often driven entrepreneurs who appear to 'have it all together' externally yet internally they are struggling with negative emotions, conflicted thoughts and/or relationship difficulties. This is impacting the quality of their decision making and effectiveness as a leader while also contributing towards a general dissatisfaction in life. Although I love working with businesspeople, I welcome all enquiries from anyone who has a genuine desire to improve the quality of their life.
I have worked in social services for over 20yrs. I have been involved with complex mental health, addictions, co-existing problems, high risk family harm and management of community agencies and teams. I am well skilled with difficulties that require a well-balanced approach. I have worked with many ethnicities, ages & stages, victims and perpetrators o
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your situation. I will listen to you and seek to understand you. Together we will find a way ahead for you. Some people need a little help to find their way, others want to undertake therapy. I make no assumptions about you or your needs, everyone is different!
Imagine a life where you weren’t feeling pulled in every direction. One where you are connected with your purpose, doing what you love, and making the world a better place, but not at the expense of yourself! I won’t tell you how to live your life but I can be here to guide you along the path. I can help you to listen to and trust your intuition instead of putting other people’s needs or ideas before your own. If you are stuck in a me-last mentality (especially if you are a mother!) and it's begun to impact your health, relationships, and even your confidence, but you would prefer to make YOU a priority, then I can help!
My experience and education strengthens my ability to empathize with and support clients across my areas of expertise incl ADHD, Aspergers/ASD Lvl 1, Trauma and Work life problems amongst other issues. My approach is personable, empathetic, and I pride myself on being down-to-earth and unpretentious. Clients have commented on how comfortable they feel working with me, trusting that I have their best interests at heart. When appropriate I am also known to have a spring in my step and smile on my face. I trained as a counsellor at the University of Auckland, with a BA in psychology and education, and a Masters in counselling.
My name is Leith Thompson. I'm married with 4 grown children and eleven grand-children. My wife Donna and I live in Tauranga, NZ. I've been involved in the caring for people profession for over thirty years, before that I drove forklifts and worked as a baker. I have contracted to Mental Health and local Schools for many years and I have worked with ages five to eighty five. My wife and I make the most of our leisure time by enjoying good movies, great coffee and travelling. To relax I play table tennis and pool.
It brings me joy to support people to be the best version of themselves. I believe we are all capable of growing and developing at any stage of life and it can be tremendously beneficial to talk with a trained professional when navigating significant life changes. It would be my pleasure to walk with you through these difficult times and help you live your best life. Compassionate Psychology believes it is important for people to feel they always have choices and are provided with informed consent before engaging with services. PLEASE NOTE: ALL APPOINTMENTS ARE CURRENTLY OFFERED VIA ZOOM due to current restrictions.
COUPLES - Do you want to prevent conflict or conflict avoidance? - Infidelity- Pornography - Sex Addiction - Differences in Desire - Polyamory/Open Relationships/Kink/BDSM - Trauma - Medical Issues (gyne/urology) - Recovery from Narcissistic + Emotional Abuse - Trauma - Separation - Divorce - Parenting & Step-Parenting - Family Relationships - Sex Addiction - Gender + Sexuality - Autism - ADHD. Do you want therapy that actually works? I can help.
I am a registered Psychotherapist offering short-term (6-8 sessions) and long-term (10+ sessions) psychotherapy for children, young people and adults. I am able to provide safe and effective counselling, whether you have a diagnosis (such as Generalised Anxiety, ADHD etc..) or not. I have completed additional training and am experienced in working therapeutically with people on the Autism Spectrum (including Asperger's syndrome), ADHD and learning difficulties.
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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Meditation and presence calm the nervous system. I am amongst the most prolific mindfulness teachers in NZ & Australia, & therefore use this expertise to assist my clients to attain regularity of their nervous responses, through regular meditation well-being. My psychology studies married with mindfulness has meant I ultimately bring strength based interventions to anxiety, relationship issues, stress, compulsive behaviours, grief, sleeping issues. My ethos is: work with the current struggle as if it were the turning point of one's lifetime.
If you are currently experiencing relational issues, anxiety, depression or stress, you have come to the right place! I would like to work alongside you in providing you with skills to improve self-management, reduce suffering, and move towards living a more fulfilling life. As a Registered Clinical Psychologist I have worked extensively in the Adult Mental Health sector including Health and Rehabilitation work and also in private practice. We can work together with firstly understanding what your concerns are then making a plan that helps you live the life you want.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in New Plymouth are psychologists, licensed counsellors, therapists, and psychotherapists, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualised treatment.
Services offered, education, and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in New Plymouth then may specialise in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counselling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in New Plymouth, or Child Psychologists in New Plymouth.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like New Plymouth psychologists specialising in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in New Plymouth specialise in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or counsellor who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
Can I afford counselling?
Yes. Most counsellors offer reasonable rates or will work on a sliding scale basis. Many accept health insurance. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the counsellor.