Our Team

Sue MacGibbon

Sue MacGibbon

Registered Psychotherapist and Member of NZAP. Accredited ACC counsellor.

Grad Dip. Psychotherapy, BA, Post Grad.Cert. Health Sciences.

I work with adults individually and as couples, with a commitment to supporting healing and personal empowerment.

The main focus of my work is relationship with Self and Other, based on personal experience and theories around attachment, human development, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Specialist areas include sexual functioning, gender and sexuality issues, sexual abuse and trauma.

I also offer supervision for health professionals.

Caroline Witten-Hannah

Caroline Witten-Hannah

Registered Psychotherapist with Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist Specialism - PBANZ - Family Court, ACC & CYFS Approved

Grad. Diploma Child Psychotherapy (AUT), BA Social Sciences

I am a Child Psychotherapist who has been working for 20 years, providing psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, children and families.

I work primarily with children and young people and their families and can help children from the age of three years. I work with a wide range of child and adolescent difficulties including grief, loss, seperation problems, anxiety, trauma and other childhood problems.

In my work as a Child psychotherapist I use a wide range of therapeutic models according to the age of the child or adolescent and their individual needs. I work in a therapeutic playroom and offer creative media as well as talking when working with children.

I always liaise closely with parents and caregivers when helping children and young people.

I have considerable experience in the recovery from abuse and trauma, including treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

As a child psychotherapist I have a special interest in attachment. I have considerable training and experience in working with parents and children to enhance attachment relationships and correct disturbed attachments.

Anne O'Kane

Anne O'Kane

Registered Psychotherapist and member of NZAP

Post Graduate Diploma Psychotherapy, Certified Imago Couples Therapist, Affect Regulation Therapist, Registered General Nurse

Iam a registered psychotherapist and a member of New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists.

Prior to training as a psychotherapist I had extensive experience as a registered Nurse and in care and protection social work.

I hold to a broad and holistic perspective to health, emotional and relational problems in people's lives. I am able to offer an eclectic range of therapeutic modalities to meet the individual needs of my clients.

Though my background I believe that I am able to develop an empathy with my clients in a general way. As a psychotherapist I have worked for the last 15 years with victims of all kinds of trauma, mental health issues, couple and family relational problems, grief and loss, adolescent issues and health/mind-body awareness.

  • I am ACC and Family Court Registered
  • I am an Imago Certified Couples Therapist. (Imago New Zealand website)
  • I am an Affect Regulation Therapy therapist. (Affect Regulation Therapy website)
    I use Affect Regulation therapy to promote balance, provide stress reduction, improve mood etc along with mind body consciousness
  • I work with Health West and am an approved counsellor with Primary Lifestyle Options and Your Choice Programmes
  • I am trained in Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy

I am committed to ongoing education, professional development and regular supervision. I abide by the NZAP code of ethics in my clinical practice.

Melanie Woodham

Melanie Woodham B. Soc. Sci (Psych) M. Soc Sci (Psych) (Hons)

Registered Clinical Psychologist

Member of the New Zealand Psychological Society

Member of the Institute of Clinical Psychologists

I am a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the NZ Psychologists Board and I have worked with children, adolescents and families for over 18 years. I am experienced in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of psychological and mental health difficulties such as:

  • stress and adjustment issues
  • behavioural difficulties
  • grief and loss
  • trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • anger management and emotional dysregulation
  • attachment and relationship difficulties
  • parenting/family issues
  • children living in out-of-home placements

I am a provider for ACC, undertaking both supported assessment and therapy for sensitive claims.

In my work I think it is important to work with the young person as well as their family. My practice is informed by a wide range of treatments models such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), trauma-focussed CBT, Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

You can contact me on: mobile: 021 253 6957 or via email: mjwoodham.work@gmail.com

Christine Johannis

Christine Johannis

Regd Psychotherapist PBANZ, Member of NZAP, Accredited ACC Psychotherapist

Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy (Psychosynthesis)

I have been working as a psychotherapist and counsellor in private practice since 1995, as well as facilitating programmes within community organisations.

My training is in Psychosynthesis which is a psycho-spiritual psychology. Psychosynthesis was developed by Roberto Assagiolo who was a contemporary of Freud and Jung. It is holistic in that it acknowledges body, feelings, mind and soul in its theoretical framework. Within this modality the heights and depths of what it means to be human can be explored (purpose meaning and value) as well as every day concerns such as relationship issues, grief and anxiety.

I also draw on other modalities where necessary – such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, DBT and Trauma based theories. I have considerable experience working with issues such as grief, depression, anxiety, relationships, self esteem, lack of meaning, food and body image and trauma recovery. In particular I value assisting clients to work through their life's challenges as a way of bringing more ease, fulfillment and meaning into their lives. I abide by the ethics of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists and am ACC registered for sexual abuse work.

To make an appointment you can contact me on 021 157 6036 or email chris.johannis@gmail.com.

Trish Cassidy

Trisha Cassidy MA Psych (Hons), BA Psych

Registered Psychotherapist, Member of the New Zealand Psychological Society, Provisional Member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists

I am a registered psychotherapist who has been working for over 20 years in the field. The main focus of my work is psychodynamic psychotherapy, working very much in a relational way with clients to bring relief from symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief and loss, anger, and general relationship difficulties. I specialise in recovery from sexual abuse trauma and have been ACC registered for almost 15 years. Other specialist areas include domestic violence, gender and sexuality, and family relational problems. I also have a passion for working with young people and their families, and have extensive training in family therapy.

A central focus of much of my work is to make conscious and shift patterns of behaviour in life and in relationships that are challenging and problematic, and to support people towards greater personal awareness and fulfilment.

You can contact me via email: trishacassidy24@gmail.com