Partnership for sale, Tauranga

An opening has come up for a therapist to join Bay Counselling and Therapy Services Ltd, 68, 10th Avenue, Tauranga.

Bay Counselling is an established collective of therapists who have been serving the Bay of Plenty community for 30 years.

This is an opportunity for a therapist to gain regular diverse work, both private and contractual, growing their business alongside the other seven practitioners.

Business benefits

  • Diverse clientele
  • Administration person
  • Website and advertising
  • Collegial supervision and CPD opportunities
  • Cultural supervision


Please contact Melanie Hawke by either phone or email:

Phone: 027 612 9885


Call for help to run the 1737 support line

Kia ora,

We need help. More Kiwis are calling 1737, in response to COVID-19, and we need mental health professionals to support the community. A work from home option is available, providing support to callers of the National Telehealth Service which includes 137. We are currently seeing an increase in our service volumes and some changes in presentations. Issues callers request support for are diverse and some of the current themes we are seeing include:

  • relationship issues exacerbated by lockdown
  • increasing stress around individual and whanau financial security and jobs/careers
  • health anxiety re COVID-19 and triggered mood disorders
  • increased risk presentation (suicide, self-harm, harm to and from others including domestic violence)
  • individuals experiencing increased isolation without the social support structures/resources to be able to cope
  • changes to face-to-face support options impacting people’s ability to access/maintain treatment
  • alcohol and other drug-related issues

Ideally, any experienced registered therapist would meet the criteria (even better if you also have some telehealth experience eg Lifeline etc). If you are a good fit and meet our requirements (including experience and their IT setup) then we will on board you as quickly as possible and give you access to some online learning. The training is quick and focusses on our systems and critical processes (no focus on clinical skills training).  

Please email so we can contact you with more information.

Please click here for a factsheet.


Practising psychotherapy in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic

[As at 19 March 2020]

Although community spread of the virus has not yet happened in Aotearoa NZ, and therefore the current risk of virus transmission between ourselves and clients is extremely low, NZAP advises our members to keep informed and prepared for the possibility that COVID-19 may spread in the community.

  • Check the Ministry of Health link for updates:
  • Talk to clients and supervisees about COVID-19, your hygiene measures & precautions.
  • Make contingency plans for meeting remotely if needed – online, by phone or by email.
  • If clients or supervises are at all unwell, even with a minor cough or sore throat, or if they have returned from overseas within the last 14 days, ask that they cancel or meet remotely.
  • If you are at all unwell, even with a minor cough or sore throat, or if you have contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19, cancel your appointments or meet remotely.
  • If you work remotely from home, ensure client confidentiality (such as for storage of notes), the appropriateness of the view into your home, and that the client has access to a private space from which to talk.
  • Put a poster on your door and in your waiting room:

  • Review your incapacity plan and ensure your supervisor is aware of it.
  • Ensure your supervisor or another trusted colleague can access a list and contact details of current clients.

Make hygiene changes:

  • Stay 2 metres from clients in the therapy hour.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
  • Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently (for at least 20 seconds).
  • Check soap supplies regularly.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Remove magazines from your waiting room.
  • Consider washing arrangements for cups and glasses or use paper ones.
  • Wipe surfaces such as door handles and arm rests regularly with antiseptic solution.
  • Replace shared hand towels with disposable ones in bathrooms.
  • Use bank transfers rather than handle money.
  • Maintain physical distance (at least one metre).
  • Use ‘one metre greetings’ as alternatives to handshakes and hugs, e.g. hand on heart, elbow hongi.

Suggestions made by members in other forums:

  • Prepare for the possibility of isolation, for example form a COVID-19 support circle with friends and/or neighbours.
  • If you have underlying health conditions, talk with your doctor about the appropriateness of a pneumonia and/or flu vaccination.
  • Consider avoiding crowds if you are over 60 or have underlying medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer) which leave you more vulnerable to COVID-19 than the general population.

NZAP Council

Vacancy: Psychotherapist, Ashburn Clinic, Dunedin

An opportunity has arisen for a permanent Psychotherapist to work at Ashburn Clinic in Dunedin, New Zealand. The position is 0.8 FTE, although there may be some room for negotiation around this.

Ashburn Clinic is a psychiatric hospital and democratic therapeutic community established over 130 years ago.  In catering for both privately and publically funded patients, Ashburn’s treatment model makes a significant and unique contribution to the overall mental health services in New Zealand.  Our patients are adults and particularly present with mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, addictions, and complex responses to trauma. 
The psychotherapist will have psychotherapeutic responsibility for assessment and treatment of a caseload of inpatients, and will provide input into the multidisciplinary staff team and the wider Ashburn community.  They will have some experience and skills in providing individual psychotherapy within a psychodynamic orientation.  They would ideally have some experience in group psychotherapy and/or therapeutic community processes, but would as a minimum have an interest in developing such skills. Consideration will also be given to those who have recently completed their psychotherapy training.

The successful applicant must have a formal qualification in psychotherapy and be registered as a psychotherapist with PBANZ in New Zealand, or be eligible to be so registered.

Applications close on Friday 29th November at 5pm.  To apply, please email for an application pack. 

Strike by psychotherapists in Auckland and Waitemata DHBs

Psychotherapists at Waitemata and Auckland DHBs have made the painful and difficult decision to go on strike for the first time ever.

It is a challenging situation for our colleagues who have only come to this decision after the negotiated agreement was turned down by senior managers.

The terms being negotiated were for the same pay rates as agreed in the PSA meca agreement, but psychotherapists were negotiating about more suitable and relevant conditions around supervision and professional development. They believe these are crucial for professional and safe practice, as well as recruitment and retention.

NZAP supports their stand on these matters.They are represented by APEX and both groups voted unanimously to notify strike action of no client contact for 3 days later this month.

It is not hard to imagine the difficulty our colleagues will have informing vulnerable individuals and groups that the strike is going ahead. It is not easy to make this stand when it disrupts clients’ treatment.

As psychotherapists are a small group within the DHB system, it is important that they receive our encouragement and know we support their stand.

E hoa ma, kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.


Lynne Holdem

NZAP President-Elect

Generic Supervision Assessment Tool – survey

The Generic Supervision Assessment Tool (GSAT) is a multidisciplinary tool that has been tested against a broad workforce sector in order to capture multiple perspectives. The GSAT has three versions that were designed to capture the perspectives of the supervisee, supervisor and an independent third party. The focusing of this work is on defining clinical supervisor competencies and strengthening methods of feedback and experiential learning in the training of supervisors. The current project involves two research aspects that participants can participate in.

The closing date for both is the 31st of October. It doesn’t matter if you have participated in the past; you can still participate again.

Study 2: The validation of the GSAT for use with video

GSAT Griffith Research Flyer Study 2 (PDF)

The purpose of this study is to build the Assessor version of the GSAT for use in giving supervisors feedback on their observed use of the competency items listed in the GSAT. This will ensure the tool can be used in relation to training or other assessment processes and that it is done in a way that ensures robust inter-rater reliability processes. We are looking for around 30 videos. If you are interested please email:  and you will be sent a research pack which includes consent forms, GSAT’s, Demographics, password protected USB and pre-paid return bags.

Participation in this research will help us to understand and inform how the quality of clinical supervision practice can be assessed using this scale. Participants may not receive any direct benefit from participating in this research, but we think that they will develop a better understanding of their approach to clinical supervision practice as a result of participation. Participants can use videos of supervision that they have used for other processes such as STAP.

Study 3: Online Survey – The confirmatory validation of the GSAT (Supervisor and Supervisee)

Study 3 GSAT Supervision Research Flyer (PDF)

This research aims to validate the Generic Supervision Assessment Tool (GSAT), which could be used for assessing the generic skills and competencies of clinical supervisors. Participants will be asked to complete the GSAT and other similar tools. The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

Interested supervisees and supervisors can participate via the links below. 



Both studies include the chance to be in to win one of two (per study) pre-paid visa cards for $200.


Sarah Hamilton

PhD Candidate, Griffith University

Vacancy: Sexual Violence Crisis Support Counsellors, Auckland

Sexual Violence Crisis Counsellor vacancies

HELP’s 24-hour crisis service provides counselling, information, and support to women, children, and families who have experienced sexual violence either recently or in the past.  The service includes supporting clients through police procedures and medical processes.

Our Crisis Team is currently looking for qualified psychotherapists, psychologists or counselors, preferably with at least 12 months post-qualifying experience, to join our all women team. We have part time positions available in both our After Hours and Day teams. Additional training and/or experience in sexual trauma recovery is a definite advantage, however, induction and training will be provided.

This role involves working with Police, MEDSAC Doctors, phone counselling and support, referral intake and face-to-face crisis sessions.

Relevant experience / skills required:

  • Working with survivors of trauma and/or sexual violence and knowledge of crisis intervention strategies
  • Have an understanding of the impact & effects of sexual violence
  • Articulate thinking around feminist philosophy
  • Demonstrate commitment to Te Tiriti O Waitangi
  • Have an understanding and appreciation of teamwork and team dynamics
  • Have excellent communication and Administration skills
  • Well skilled in keeping client records and proficient at using and understanding online database systems, including data entry and reporting
  • Tertiary qualification in Counselling or Psychotherapy
  • Registered with a relevant professional governing body

If you’re interested in joining our After Hours or Day Team, please email your CV to by 9 August 2019

2 vacancies: Counsellor/Family Therapist/AOD Counsellor, Gore

2 x 0.8 fte positions

The Gore Counselling Centre has provided a professional therapeutic service to Gore for 42 years. Staff are well supported and enjoy a positive collegial environment.
  • The Family Therapist position involves working with young people and their families who present with a full range of issues. The therapist will work holistically utilising a wide range of tools and approaches. Recent experience working with families is required for this position.
  • The General/AOD Counsellor will work mainly with people who present with alcohol and/or drug issues. We will consider a newly qualified counsellor who wants to extend into AOD work. Some training costs may also be provided.

Both positions require:

  • a counselling or psychotherapy qualification
  • full (or working towards) membership of NZAC, NZAP or equivalent
  • be able to work with a team, and
  • communicate well with staff from other social agencies in our community.
A position description for both positions is available on request. Applications close on 22 August 2019.
Send applications to Bill Rout, Manager, Gore Counselling Centre: or phone 03 208 5366.

Oranga Tamariki and Maori Whanau Wellbeing

NZAP press release

Minister for Children, Honourable Tracey Martin, stated on RNZ recently that Oranga Tamariki would have to partner with Iwi to provide safe homes for children in state care. Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft called this “a revolution in the way the State honours Treaty obligations with Māori in respect with care of children”.

New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists Spokesperson, Lynne Holdem, said: “NZAP welcomes the direction of this morning’s announcement and Oranga Tamariki’s commitment to consult with iwi regarding the tamariki apparently in need of care and protection.”

“Psychotherapists hope that the new policies are resourced with sufficient funding to allow iwi, and other community organisations, to pay providers and clinicians skilled and knowledgeable in matauranga Māori and in family therapy, trauma resolution and attachment behaviour,” Holdem said.

“Tertiary education systems need to do better to prepare health practitioners to respond much more competently to the needs of whanau Maori, tamariki and mokopuna. Building health workforce capability begins at our training institutions.”

“Many therapists trained in Family Therapy are now at retirement age. Training institutions such as the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy training at AUT offer preparation for the kind of early intensive intervention that is needed but predominantly Pakeha graduates may still lack ability to connect with Maori and do not have the deep experience and knowledge that makes for true cultural competency. Courses like this need to be funded elsewhere in Aotearoa and young people given incentives to attend them,” said Holdem.

“A greater investment in Kaupapa Maori research, curriculum development and design to produce the workforce could bring about change and greater accountability from professionals and organisations in terms of Te Tiriti obligations and a preparedness for Maori led initiatives. When this becomes much more visible in our society perhaps then and only then will Maori be able to trust in the services provided,” stated Holdem.

“We are calling for investment in resources and training so vulnerable parents and families, are supported by psychotherapists, counsellors and social workers who have an understanding of the value of Maori tikanaga, matauranga and whakapapa to heal trauma and can also recognise the needs of each whanau and make interventions that are skilled and culturally attuned,” she continued.

“Many uplifted children, in State care, have difficult behaviours as a result of neglect and trauma so whanau or caregivers need training from child and family therapists to manage emotional escalations in order to give the child a chance to develop secure attachment. This can happen in settings where both the mother and the children are uplifted and the mother supported to address her own trauma and develop reflective capacity and the ability to respond to the needs signalled by the child. Kaupapa Maori organisations, such as Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki or Hoki ki to Rito in South Auckland, could be resourced to provide the intensive wrap around services required by these whanau,” she went on to say.

“A damaged child comes from a damaged whanau and the whole whanau needs a combination of support to enable them to address their basic needs, resolve addiction issues and heal from traumatic experiences so that they may have a greater sense of agency and whanau capability to provide safe home environments for tamariki and mokopuna,” said Holdem.

“NZAP supports the new revolution in Oranga Tamariki and recognises Māori iwi will develop their own responses to help and heal their whanau. Let us hope that government is able to provide sufficient funding for this to be the kind of early, intensive, and wrap around service that will prevent further State uplift of tamariki,” she stated.

Clinical Team Leader, Refugee Mental Health and Wellbeing, Auckland

Clinical Team Leader Vacancy

Your opportunity to be part of supporting refugees as they arrive and settle in New Zealand

Refugees as Survivors New Zealand is seeking a Clinical Team Leader who is passionate about working in this dynamic area and contributing to the successful resettlement of newly arrived and resettled refugees in New Zealand.


Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ) provides specialist mental health, assessment, treatment and referral services for all incoming United Nations Quota Refugees. RASNZ functions as a national resource for those involved with refugees, asylum seekers and victims of torture and severe trauma.

We also provide specialist mental health and wellbeing services to anybody from a former refugee background who has settled in Auckland.

The Clinical Team Leader oversees and supports staff in the day-to-day clinical operations of the agency and manages liaison with partner agencies onsite at Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre. In addition to providing leadership and coordination, the Clinical Team Leader has a direct clinical role and works with clients in individual, family and group contexts. The work is challenging, varied and highly rewarding for those wishing to work in a diverse, multi-cultural environment as part of a committed and passionate team.

Position is full time – closing date Friday 5th July 2019.


  • A high level of competence in the assessment and treatment of clients who have experienced trauma
  • Experience managing clinical teams in the community
  • A background in working with culturally and linguistically diverse clients
  • The ability to liaise and work with a range of organisations and agencies at the Resettlement Centre and in the community
  • The confidence to participate in research, capacity building and training for staff from other agencies who work with refugee clients
  • Capacity to form collaborative relationships with professional colleagues, carers, relatives, and clients
  • Evidence of ability to formulate and articulate sound judgements based on analysis and interpretation of a range of complex information in clinical work, drawing both on clinical observation and relevant theoretical models
  • New Zealand professional body registration
  • Post graduate clinical qualification
  • Experience with children and young people an advantage
  • Five + years’ experience post qualification

We offer a generous professional development and annual leave package alongside a competitive salary.


  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Copy of NZ Registration
  • Two referees
  • Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa

Contact: or phone (09) 270 0870