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Claire Stafford

Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ), Grad Dip Psychotherapy, Member of NZ Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP). ACC Registered.

Locations : Hinemoa House, 184 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead, Auckland
Email :
Phone : 021 125 4553

NB : Currently I do not have any spaces available.

Psychological health is not merely the absence of symptoms, it is the positive presence of inner capabilities and resources that allow people to live with a greater sense of freedom and possibility - Jonathan Shedler

Client Types : Adults

Areas of Special Interest : I have experience working with a variety of concerns including; anxiety (social and general), depression, low self-esteem, OCD, relationship issues, PTSD, trauma and abuse (physical, sexual, psychological).

Services : I welcome adults of all ages, cultures, backgrounds, genders and sexualities and offer psychodynamic psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and comfortable environment.

Approach : Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. It’s goals are a growth in self-awareness and understanding of how the past influences the present, not just to alleviate the obvious symptoms but to help people lead healthier lives. This is facilitated by identifying unhelpful patterns and examining the most important relationships and experiences in your life. The aim of this approach is free speech – for you to be able to talk about whatever is on your mind.

Research has found that psychodynamic psychotherapy is effective for personality and somatic disorders, anxiety, depression, complex and/or chronic mental distress, and that the benefits not only endure after therapy ends, but increase over time.

Registrations and Professional Memberships : Registered Psychotherapist, Provisional Member of New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (ProvMNZAP), Member of the International Society for Psychological and Social approaches to Psychosis (ISPS-NZ), ACC Registered Psychotherapist

Qualifications : Graduate Diploma Health Science (Psychotherapy) Auckland University of Technology, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & English) University of Auckland

Background and Experience :  As a qualified, clinical psychotherapist I have experience working in both the public and private sectors. Alongside my private practice I currently work for the lead agency in Auckland that supports survivors of sexual harm. Prior to this I practiced at Lifespan Counselling and Rehab, Akoranga Integrated Medical Centre and the AUT Psychotherapy clinic. My Masters dissertation focused on effective approaches for working with those diagnosed with psychosis and schizophrenia. As part of on going professional development I am also currently enrolled in a post graduate study in Art Therapy.

Fees : $120 per hour session - Individual. Payment Options : Cash or Internet Banking

Enquires welcome : Email :, Phone : 021 125 4553