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

Member of EMDR New Zealand

My name is Melanie Woodham and I have been working with infants, children, adolescents and families since 1999. I am experienced in the clinical 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 and family issues
  • children living in out-of-home placements and adoption
  • school anxiety
  • sleep difficulties

I am a provider for ACC, undertaking both supported assessments and therapy for sensitive claims. I also provide clinical supervision for other clinicians.

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, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). I have many years of experience and am committed to ongoing training and clinical supervision.

You can contact me on: mobile: 021 253 6957 or via email:

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:

Robyn Agnew

Robyn Agnew MANZASW; SWRB #679; ACC Sensitive Claim Provider


Contact to discuss appointment Ph. 027 526 5773

I trained as a social worker in the 1980s and have worked all my life as a therapist dealing with trauma. Firstly in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and then within Oranga Tamariki (CYF) as a Therapist, then Manager of child assessment and therapy services (Specialist Services). During this period of work, I was ACC registered providing therapy services to child clients.

I then provided national policy and support to social workers within CYF implementing and running a Critical Incident Stress Management Service. This service triaged social workers following work related incidents causing harm. It comprised a team of up to 60 trained senior social work staff who would provide support to a site experiencing work related incidents. I also trained a staff of up to 200 peers to provide day to day on site support for affected staff.

Following this period of work, I took a sabbatical in the UK working for the first time as a child protection social worker in the Scottish Highlands.

Coming back to NZ I worked in the Starship and then began working for HELP (sexual abuse therapy) supporting families managing sexually abused children.

I now work solely in private practice, doing a lot of Sensitive Claim ACC work for clients with historical sexual trauma. I enjoy helping with relational difficulties either family or work related.

I was sitting in the Piha library recently, and struck up a conversation with a familiar face. He was telling me he had been to the Auckland Writers Festival and had listened to a Dutch woman talking about her 'going bush' experience in NZ.

We got to talking about hermits and heroes. I said I thought male and female sexual abuse survivor heroic journeys were internal; requiring great personal courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. He said that being hermit-like was not a human thing to do; that we need each other; we are social beings; we need to talk to each other.

As I spoke to him I found myself talking about my ACC sensitive claim work with sexual abuse survivors.

How my clients had learned to be silent contenders with their own abuse experience (their heroic journey); most never sharing; and how in the process of therapy, one of the first signs of health and revitalising energies, is their talking to people in their circle about what happened to them.

I explained that human survival biology allows the parasympathetic nervous system to dampen down human feeling and thought, into a hibernating state. And how the vagus nerve can re-start human connectivity; how communion with others, in turn, uses the parasympathetic system to dampen the extremes of fight and flight in the sympathetic nervous system.

How it is necessary to talk to others in order to understand what has happened to the spirit within, after damage has occurred; and the role of the therapist in this, providing a sensitive mind to assist the feeling states of clients to come to terms with their own experience and become liberated into their true selves, not stuck in their trauma self.

How the ‘originating’ family psychodynamics have often operated to suppress all child resistance to oppression and encouraged self-internalised denigration and punishment to control the child’s own spirit.

How the child made the best decisions available at that time to survive, and how the adult child needs to review the family patterning; the decisions the child made and if they are relevant now.

How I feel joy with the adult child’s connection with this powerful new energy that allows the adult to say Yes and No with no explanation.

This is the joy of therapy. Seeing client’s increasing independence and the liberation of experiencing their true selves.