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Learn about the natural health benefits of Psychotherapy & find an Psychotherapy practitioner/clinic in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to assist you further within New Zealand.


Origin:  Austria/America
Founded: Sigmund Freud; Established ‘Psychoanalysis’ (1881)
Carl Rogers; Established ‘Person Centred/Humanistic Approach’ (1940s/1950s)
Therapy Type:  Mind-Body


Psychotherapy utilizes a wide range of methods, which aid adolescents and children in understanding their behavior, actions or feelings, when they are involved in a difficult or complicated situation.  When referring to behavior, that entails thoughts, actions, a memory, emotion, sensation and any verbal discussions.  To encourage and support change for an individual, communication is key and it is the fundamental tool throughout all the therapist’s techniques.

There are many different types of psychotherapy used to help clients overcome stress, emotional problems, relationship problems or troublesome habits. For example, behavioral psychotherapy can help people overcome phobias by spending more and more time in the situation they fear or by learning ways of reducing their anxiety.  Cognitive behavioral therapy aims to change the client’s thinking patterns directly by encouraging discussion of how they think in order to get rid of destructive thought processes.  Family or marital therapy focuses very clearly on the relationships involved and includes all relevant parties to help improve their own interactions.  Finally, psychoanalytic psychotherapy therapy focuses on the feelings the client has about other people, especially their family and close friends.  It works by understanding how past experiences may have led to the client’s present situation and how the past may be affecting their life now.

A psychotherapist may hold a background in psychiatry, psychology or other mental health profession, prior to gaining specialist training within the field of psychotherapy.


Psychotherapy may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:

  • Abdominal Pain    
  • Abuse    
  • Addiction – Alcohol/Drugs
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Agoraphobia            
  • Amnesia            
  • Anger Management    
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks    
  • Autism                
  • Asperger’s Syndrome            
  • Bereavement        
  • Bipolar Disorder        
  • Bullying                
  • Depression                
  • Diagnosed Disorders/Diseases    
  • Digestive Disorders    
  • Disability Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Erectile Problems    
  • Trauma
  • Fainting    
  • Gender Identity Issues    
  • Grief/Betrayal
  • HIV
  • Hyperhidrosis/Excessive Sweating
  • Impotence
  • Insomnia
  • Low Self Worth/Esteem
  • Migraines
  • Nightmares
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder                
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Psychosomatic Disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Harm/Injury
  • Sexual Addiction/Abuse
  • Stress – Emotional/Physical
  • Suicidal Thoughts/Attempts
  • Trauma
  • Vertigo
  • Withdrawal Symptoms


Psychotherapy usually involves regular meetings at the same time and place every week or two weeks.  In most cases the length of treatment will be agreed between you and the therapist within the first few sessions.

One-to-one therapy between patient and therapist often lasts for approx 50 minutes and takes place in a quiet room.  However group therapy could be an option, where the group would meet on a regular basis with one or more therapists.  In addition the group sessions usually last longer than the one-to-one sessions.  All sessions are considered confidential.

Group therapy may appear less intimate but it is often the best treatment for certain issues. Often in group therapy, people find that it is very comforting to discover they are not alone, whilst also being able to support and help others, strengthens and promotes their ability to move forward in their own life.

Marital therapy is sought by a married or committed couple, who seek to deal with issues within the relationship together. This can involve one or a pair of therapists.  Family therapy also involves more than one therapist and the whole family attends the meetings to discuss issues that have arisen.

The number of appointments you will need depends upon the issues you have although between 6 and15 weekly sessions is standard. Your psychotherapist will discuss this and confidentiality issues with you during the initial visit.  Furthermore the therapist may refer you to another specialist or suggest other medications. 


There are nearly two hundred forms and techniques used in psychotherapy. These techniques, in the hands of a qualified, ethical and caring person, can be tremendously helpful.  Therefore, it is wise to carry out some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as The New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP).  Psychotherapists are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment.  These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.

The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified therapists within your region.  We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.

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