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Claire Stafford

Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ)

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

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

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

I have experience working with a variety of concerns including:

  • anxiety (social and general)
  • depression
  • low self-esteem
  • relationship issues
  • PTSD, trauma and abuse (physical, sexual, psychological)

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.

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, Member of New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)

Qualifications : Master of Psychotherapy (Hons) - AUT, Post Graduate Diploma Arts Therapy (Whitecliffe, Auckland), Graduate Diploma Health Science (Psychotherapy) - AUT, Bachelor of Arts Degrees (Psychology & English) - University of Auckland

Background and Experience :  As a qualified, clinical psychotherapist I have experience working in both the public and private sectors. Previously I have worked for the lead agency in Auckland that supports survivors of sexual harm, 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.

I am currently training as a Jungian Analyst with ANZSJA.

Fees : $150 per session. I am particularly interested in clients who wish to attend more than once a week (at a negotiable rate).

Contact : Email :, Phone : 021 125 4553