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Andrea Bentley

Registered Psychotherapist, Grad.Dip Psychotherapy, Masters Psychotherapy, PGCertHSc-Alcohol and Drug Studies, Dip.Counselling (Working with children and young people)

Greenlane : The Psychotherapy Centre, Level 1, 300 Great South Road
Pakuranga : Private practice
Phone : 027 2798 226 Email : andreabentleypsychotherapy@gmail.com

Client Types : Adults & Adolescents

Psychotherapy / Counselling Services : We all have the desire to live meaningful and satisfying lives. However, we are often faced with patterns of behaviour that interfere with our emotional well-being that leave us feeling frustrated and stuck. Taking the first step to talk to someone can be challenging. However, psychotherapy offers a way to ask questions that support change. As a psychotherapist, I focus on developing a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore underlying causes behind your emotions and behaviours. Together, we work to heal the root cause and emotional wounding that contribute to ongoing patterns, allowing you to develop emotional resilience, confidence and the capacity for enjoyment so you can live your best life.

Areas of Special Interest : All general issues, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety (social anxiety), relationship difficulties, trauma, anger, addiction, alcohol and drugs, eating disorders, OCD, self-esteem, grief and loss, work-related issues and life transitions.

Approach : I offer short and long-term therapy. My therapeutic approach is Psychodynamic and Relational with a particular interest in Neuropsychotherapy. Developing a safe and trusting relationship is of central importance to my work so you can feel comfortable talking about what troubles you.

For people who have a history of early relational trauma, the idea of asking for help, entering into a therapy relationship and talking about intimate concerns can make it difficult to engage in therapy. They are confronted with the dilemma of wanting help, but are fearful of being hurt due to issues around safety, trust, and a fear of abandonment, which add to their anxiety about being in relationship. For some people companionship may have been better found in pets making Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy an effective choice. It uses the animal-client-therapist relationship to create healing opportunities by establishing safety, trust, attachment and bonding experiences so clients can start to re-engage and experience satisfying relationships sooner. I work with my own pets at my Pakuranga practice on request. I am trained in CBT, DBT, Gestalt and sandtray therapy and art therapy (IDT).

Registrations : PBANZ, NZAP

Qualifications : Masters Psychotherapy (AUT), Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies (AUT), Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences - Alcohol and Drug Studies (University of Auckland), Diploma in Counselling - Working with Children and Young People (MIT).

Background & experience : I have worked as a psychotherapist with Lifeline’s face-to-face team working extensively with depression and anxiety and a wide range of issues. My experience also draws upon my work in an alcohol and drug rehab centre for co-existing disorders as an addiction therapist. I also have experience in secondary schools working with adolescents with addiction, self-esteem and developmental issues.

Practice Locations :

Greenlane : The Psychotherapy Centre - Centrally located at The Parenting Place, Great South Road, Greenlane making it accessible to clients coming from all parts of Auckland.

Pakuranga : I also operate a private practice from Pakuranga.

Transport and Parking : On-street parking. Easy access to public transport.

Appointments : Greenlane : Tuesdays until 12.30pm Thursday all day and Friday’s from 1pm. Pakuranga : Tuesdays from 2pm, Wednesdays all day, Friday mornings until noon.

Fees : $130 per 60-minute session. WINZ payments can be organised. Payment Options: EFT-POS, internet banking and cash.

Contact Details : Mobile: 027 2798 226 Email: andreabentleypsychotherapy@gmail.com