NZAP: Northern Branch

Who are we?

NZAP Northern Region Branch is an association of psychotherapists in the Auckland Region. It offers an opportunity for collegiality, professional development and sharing matters of mutual interest. We recognize and celebrate diversity and difference, holding dear the idea that psychotherapy is first and foremost about relationship with all its struggles and complexity. Visitors are welcome; simply make yourself known to one of the convenors.


We welcome those who practise psychotherapy, retired NZAP members and students of psychotherapy. We also encourage clinicians (such as doctors, psychologists etc.) who are not NZAP members to become Branch Associates by subscribing. Branch Associates enjoy the same benefits as NZAP branch subscribers, except that they do not get to vote on NZAP matters.

The branch has no direct representation on the NZAP Council as Council members are elected from the membership at large. It is self-funding, receiving no money from the national body.

Branch subscription costs $45 for the calendar year and $25 for students, retired members and Northland practitioners. Subscription fees go towards hiring the room and audiovisual equipment and refreshments for monthly meetings and administration costs. The annual subscription also includes free entry to the end-of-year party in December and the ability to advertise any psychotherapy-related workshops, trainings and events that members or associates are running through our monthly email newsletter, ‘Northern Branch News’.Membership Entitlements

Annual branch membership fees cover branch expenses for monthly meetings, administration, membership panel, supervisors’ group etc.

Branch Meetings

The branch meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7.15pm at the Parnell Community Centre, 545 Parnell Rise, Parnell. Meetings are normally upstairs in the Hobson Room in the Jubilee Building. There is limited off-street parking in spaces marked ‘Jubilee’ behind the building.

Business meeting

The meetings are chaired by two Branch Convenors and the first part of the meeting is devoted to branch business. The branch attempts to make decisions by consensus. There are no separate executive meetings so all members are welcome to raise or talk to any matters of concern. The meetings are also an opportunity for sharing information of mutual interest e.g. needing or offering room space, upcoming workshops, events etc.

Presentations & discussions

The second part of the meeting is generally either a clinical presentation or a discussion on some matter pertinent to the life of the psychotherapeutic community.


At the end of each meeting there is an opportunity for a member to close the meeting by way of words, poem, song etc. Members can approach one of the convenors if they would like to offer a closing.

Northern Branch News

The minutes of the monthly branch meeting and notices of general interest are distributed by email. Please contact the convenors if you wish to go onto the mailing list to receive these.

Meeting notification

Meeting notifications and other announcements are emailed out from time to time.


The branch also incorporates a number of sub-sections, including a Hospitality group, a Tiriti Ropu, and a beginning therapist support group. Contact the convenors for more details.


Nga Ao E Rua

Nga Ao E Rua is a bicultural initiative in which therapists seek to encourage consideration of the implications and responsibilities of the treaty of Waitangi for Psychotherapy practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. It comprises two groups working in partnership, namely Te Ao Pakeha and Te Ao Maori.

Te Ao Pakeha

Te Ao Pakeha is open to therapists interested in exploring cultural identity and bi-cultural conversation from the perspective of Pakeha / Tau Iwi. Their activities include monthly meetings and events intended to develop these conversations. Contact the convenors for more details.

Waka Oranga

Waka Oranga is a group of Maori practitioners committed to improving health outcomes for the indigenous people of Aotearoa. Our vision is for a nation of cultural diversity and richness underpinned by the free expression and well-being of tangata whenua. The roopu is open to Maori practitioners and Tau Iwi/Pakeha those who support our kaupapa. For more information or a brochure contact Wiremu at


Branch Convenors


  • Kerry Thomas-Anttila
  • Josie Goulding

Treasurer / Membership

  • Cathy Langley

Northern Branch News (Branch Newsletter)

Training Supervisors’ Group Convenor

Waka Oranga