Vacancy: therapist, Tamaki Health

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  • Are you a psychologist, psychotherapist or counsellor?
  • Would you like to be part of a large award winning, supportive and a multi-disciplinary team with a strong team culture?
  • Do you enjoy making a difference in people’s lives and would like a variety?
  • Would you like to work in primary care?

We invite you to come and join our growing team of 60+ members at the leading edge of providing well-being support to our multicultural communities!

Who are we?

Tāmaki Health’s Wellness Support Team (WST) was established in 2012 and is led by pioneering primary mental health psychiatrist Dr David Codyre. WST won the best mental health programme award at the 2021 New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards. WST provides holistic support to people (all ages) and whānau with psychosocial, mental, physical and wellbeing needs.

Tāmaki Health is an innovative and rapidly growing primary care network serving high-needs populations in the greater Auckland region and beyond. Tāmaki Health’s mission is to be the leading primary healthcare provider in the provision of affordable, accessible, culturally competent and high quality health care services to all New Zealand communities. Tāmaki Health promotes strong adherence to its organisational values. We believe we are here to serve, so we work as one, strive for a better tomorrow, be available, take care of each other and for the better good.

The WST supports Tāmaki Health’s General Practice teams to better meet patient well-being needs via a multi-faceted programme, including provision of evidence-based psychological intervention integrated within primary care.  A mix of individual, couple, family, and group intervention services are offered in the community and integrated into GP clinics across the network.  The diverse multidisciplinary team includes psychologists, psychotherapists, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, GPs undertaking advanced training in primary mental health, health coaches, health improvement practitioners (wellness advisors), mindfulness educators, group facilitators and administrative roles.

The role

This role will see you working with clients and their whānau registered with our GP clinics providing mental health and well-being support in GP and community settings.  It will involve working with clients providing brief individual/couple/family therapy as well as delivering evidence based-group programmes.  Part time and full time roles are available across Auckland.

You will have

  • A postgraduate qualification enabling you to work therapeutically with clients
  • Registration with a registering body under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA) and/or full membership with a Professional Association for your profession
  • Experience working with clients and their whānau in a clinical setting
  • Experience in working in evidence-based therapeutic models particularly brief psychological interventions
  • Experience and/or enthusiasm for delivering group programmes


  • Working with a diverse multi-disciplinary team supported by a consultant psychiatrist, GPs, nurses, psychologists, therapists, health improvement practitioners, health coaches, group facilitators and administrative members
  • Provision of internal supervision and mentoring support with professional development opportunities
  • Regular MDT peer reviews and trainings
  • Ability to be innovative and contribute to the development and growth of this service
  • Flexible hours and work locations
  • An exciting and stimulating work environment

If this sounds like an opportunity you’d like to be a part of, apply now via our Careers Portal!

Therapy rooms for rent, Auckland

Three Therapy Rooms for rent at Clayburn House in central Glen Eden, Auckland

Enquiries are invited for tenancies of three therapy rooms in Clayburn House. These rooms have been freshly renovated and are located close to shopping and community amenities, only two minutes’ walk from Glen Eden train station. The rooms (each is approx. 10 sq m) are let unfurnished, ready for the incoming therapists to personalise with furnishings of their chosen style. Bathroom and kitchen facilities, and a waiting room, are shared with other therapists. The building is set off the road in a pleasant green space with a relaxing ambience.

Availability: These rooms will be available from 7 August 2021.

Location: 10 Clayburn Road, Glen Eden, Auckland 0602

Cost: $165 + GST weekly ($189.75 including GST), payable monthly. Landlord pays wi-fi, electricity, water, rubbish collection and cleaning of shared areas.

Contact: Debbie Penk 021 185 6203 or

Working effectively with groups, Auckland

Working effectively with groups – workshop flyer (PDF)

Each workshop will contain a combination of:

  • Theoretical teaching–which will always be applied to practice; readings will be provided.–30 sessions of 1.5 hours.
  • Process group –21 sessions of 1.5 hours.
  • Supervision of group practice (any type from psychoeducational to process group)–21 sessions of 1.5 hours.

The goal in these ongoing workshops is to:

  • Deepen your understanding and knowledge of group processes, especially unconscious group processes
  • Highlight the impact your behaviour has on others especially in group settings
  • Give you greater sensitivity to how others impact you
  • Learn more about how to be an effective leader and/or group member
  • Ongoing learning about interventions that suit you and your group(s).


8-12 (consistent throughout the 2 years)

  • People who are currently involved in facilitating/conducting or participating in any kind of group (as long as there is process involved)
  • Must belong to a professional clinical organisation and/or be registered
  • Interviews may be required before acceptance on the course.

Date and time

Friday 3:00pm-9pm, Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm, Sunday 9am-12:30pm
8 weekends over two years. Please make a commitment to all the workshops.

1st year (2022): Feb 11, 12, 13; May 27, 28, 29; Aug 19, 20, 21; Nov 11, 12, 13

2nd year (2023): dates to be confirmed


Dr Margot Solomon has been facilitating groups since 1985 and teaching most of her adult life. She is currently a member of GASi, NZAP, IARPP and Australian Association of Group Psychotherapy (AAGP), and training co-ordinator for AAGP. Margot was a member of the Psychotherapy teaching staff at AUT for 26 years.


$4000.00: $500 payable prior to each workshop or $3600 for all eight workshops payable in advance.

To register

If you are interested please contact Margot Solomon on or phone:+6421997570

This programme is endorsed by AAGP:

Practice for sale, Taranaki

Exciting opportunity in ‘Taradise’

Footprints is a well-established Counselling and Play Therapy practice in New Plymouth, supported by a strong community referral base with excellent word of mouth referrals and professional connections with Taranaki Primary Connections, EAP providers, local schools and medical centres.

Footprints is equipped with extensive playroom, counselling, administration & household resources. The new owner would need to arrange own premises.

This practice started in 2012. The practice is for sale as the present owner is retiring. She is willing to be available to support new owners during the handover period to help ensure a smooth transition and sustain goodwill.

With a current waiting list there is immediate demand and potential to increase revenue through the addition of other Counsellors/Play Therapists.

Price is negotiable. Vendor finance available.

For more information, please refer to the website or email Dee Costello


Clinical contractors required nationwide for Abuse In Care commission of inquiry

Royal Commission of Inquiry: Abuse in Care Work (PDF)

Men and Trauma New Zealand ( have been contracted by the Royal Commission ( to provide mental health support services to its clients nationally.

We are seeking registered counsellors, social workers, psychologists and psychotherapists to contract to us nationwide for this important work. You will be able to choose the scope of time involvement/hours of availability that suits you for this project.

There are 2 parts to this work. You may choose to work in either one or both parts:

1. Community-Based – Nationwide

We are looking to contract clinical staff (hours to suit) throughout New Zealand to work with individuals who have experienced institutional abuse. The clinical work with clients can be done either face-to-face or via Zoom from wherever you are in New Zealand.

You must be a Registered Clinician with a recognised national body. You must have experience working with trauma or sexual abuse.

We aim to have a team where at least 50% of staff have experience in engagement with Maori and/or Pasifika clients.

2. Prison Component – Nationwide

We require clinical staff to work with clients in prisons throughout New Zealand.

What to do next

If you are interested in being involved in either or both components of this project, please email your cover letter and CV to You can also call us on 027 382 6854.

Job advert: Medical/Clinical Director, Ashburn Clinic

Advertisement June 2021

A unique and rare opportunity is available at Ashburn Clinic – we are seeking a Medical/Clinical Director to lead the senior leadership team which oversees all aspects of the organisation.

About Ashburn Clinic

Ashburn Clinic is a not-for-profit rehabilitation clinic and therapeutic community in Dunedin. We work in partnership with people with mental health and addiction difficulties to improve their well-being and quality of life. Established in 1882, Ashburn provides public- and privately-funded inpatient services to people from all over New Zealand, as well as outpatient services in Otago/Southland.

Located in a beautiful setting on the outskirts of Dunedin, Ashburn Clinic has established a physical and social environment where support and self-discovery thrive.

About the position

The Medical/Clinical Director is employed by the Ashburn Hall Charitable Trust as the Chief Executive of Ashburn Clinic, acting as the employer of approximately 80 medical, nursing, allied health, administrative and casual staff.

Working collaboratively with the leadership team, consisting of the Director of Nursing and Allied Health, Quality Director, and Director of Strategy and Operations, the Medical/Clinical Director ensures clinical services are delivered to the highest standard and the organisation’s business objectives are delivered.

The holder of the position is the:

  • Chief Executive of Ashburn Clinic
  • Manager and Leader of the Ashburn Clinic Leadership Team
  • Director of Clinical Services

Key portfolios of the position include oversight of clinical services, human and environmental resource management, and business activities.

About the successful candidate

The Medical/Clinical Director contributes to the promotion, growth and maintenance of the therapeutic community culture at Ashburn Clinic. We are looking for someone who shares similar values to the organisation and has an interest in psychotherapeutic models of practice. They will have a clinical background in a related field such as psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, nursing or allied health.

They will have considerable knowledge and experience, and will have demonstrated a high standard of clinical work within their discipline of mental health. They will have senior leadership experience, particularly in strategic planning and service development, team leadership and performance management, clinical direction and supervision.

Additional experience in financial, operational and human resource management would add strength to an application.

About the process

We believe this is an excellent leadership position working in complex, challenging but incredibly rewarding environment. This is a forward focused role with a uniquely large scope, working in a highly collaborative culture. To receive a full position description contact:

For a confidential discussion on the position, please contact John Adams through Ashburn Clinic on 03 260 7230.

Mindful-Somatic approaches to working with acute and developmental trauma

Trauma Training flyer

10-day Comprehensive Training Programs (Hamilton, Dunedin)

There has been a steady movement within the field of trauma therapy over the past few decades towards the increasing recognition that (a) Psychological trauma (i.e., PTSD, acute & developmental trauma) is primarily held within the body and nervous system, and (b) Working directly with the body (via sensations, impulses, breath, posture, etc.) in a state of mindfulness is therefore key to resolving entrenched trauma conditions.

In this highly experiential training, we’ll explore the basic theory and practices of some of the most effective mindful-somatic methods, drawing particularly from Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, ACT, NVC, and Internal Family Systems.

In particular, you will…

… learn a simple yet powerful universal framework for making sense of extreme emotional and traumatic states, helping you to identify where your clients’ experiences are on the spectrum of ANS (Autonomic Nervous System) arousal, and therefore which interventions are likely to be most helpful at any given point in the therapy process. This theoretical framework is based on the latest research on the psychology and physiology of trauma.

… learn a broad map outlining the essential stages of the overarching process of trauma-focused therapy.

… develop your own capacity as a therapist to remain present and grounded, safely holding the space for clients to do the difficult work of trauma recovery, while not risking your own dysregulation, vicarious trauma and “burnout”.

… learn a number of effective yet relatively simple mindful-somatic tools based on these methods that you can begin using right away to…

  • Help your clients develop confidence working with strong feelings and nervous system dysregulation
  • Help your clients develop a sense of groundedness, presence and orientation
  • Help your clients to develop a rich and healthy connection with their own feelings and needs
  • Make the distinction between a beneficial “emotional release” and being “stuck in a trauma response”
  • Work with flashbacks, intrusive memories and nightmares
  • Work with somatization (unresolved feelings/memories held within the body)


Dr Paris Williams is a Registered Clinical Psychologist originally from the U.S. and now working in private practice in Dunedin. He has a BA, MA and PhD in Contemplative (mindfulness-based) psychology, Somatic psychology, and Clinical psychology, and is on the Hakomi NZ faculty as a Certified Teacher. He has extensive experience in working with trauma, psychosis, chronic pain, substance dependency and other extreme states, and he authored the widely acclaimed book, Rethinking Madness, in 2012. Learn more about Paris and his work at:

10-day training in Hamilton

(divided into 2 x 5-day modules)

Module 1:  8-12 November, 2021

Module 2:  10-14 February, 2022

(*9:30am – 5:00pm all days)

Cost: $1,950 (incl GST) if paid before 15 August; $2,250 afterwards

10-day training in Dunedin

(divided into 5 x 2-day modules)

Module 1:  26-27 November, 2021

Module 2:  28-29 January, 2022

Module 3:  11-12 March, 2022

Module 4:  8-9 April, 2022

Module 5:  27-28 May, 2022

(*9:00am – 5:00pm all days)

Cost: $1,950 (incl GST) if paid before 31 August; $2,250 afterwards

To register

Visit or contact Paris directly at: / 027 868 1988

Ecotherapy immersion training

Mindful, Somatic Ecotherapy Immersion Training for therapists and social workers

The power of our connection to Nature is not a new concept. It has been an inherent aspect of our existence on earth for as long as we have been here. We notice it in ourselves, we notice it in others; the experience of groundedness, unity, wholeness, connectedness, peace… when we spend time in the natural world.

Ecotherapy takes the ancient wisdom and knowing of our inherent meed for nature connection, and combines it with our more recent therapeutic understanding of the impact of trauma on our psyche – mind, body and spirit. It is the unity of these wisdoms that creates the transformative power of Ecotherapy.

This training will support you to:

  • Develop your own intimate and allied relationship with the natural world, and support clients to do the same.
  • Develop an internal topographical map that will enable you to feel confident in facilitating and navigating an individual or group ecotherapy session.
  • Create a backpack of therapeutic tools and skills to draw from and weave into your outdoor or indoor practice.
  • Explore philosophies and principles that support the practices of nonviolence, organic wisdom, unconditional positive regard, authentic communication and loving kindness.
  • Have fun, relax and connect with like-minded people in nature.


Paris Williams: clinical psychologist, eco-therapist, Hakomi teacher, somatic trauma specialist.

Toni McErlane: eco-therapist, counsellor, mediator, non-violent communication (NVC) facilitator.

Brendon Whitmore: eco-therapist, craniosacral therapist, wilderness rites of passage facilitator.

Jacqueline Sheridan: eco-therapist, creative soul journey facilitator and poet.

Dates and venues

24-26 September 2021: Tautuku, Catlins

29-31 October 2021: Berwick, Dunedin

3-5 December 2021: Tautuku, Catlins

9-13 February 2022: Peel Forest, Canterbury



Early bird discount of $400 if paid before 31 July

Cost includes accommodation, lunch and dinners plus 10 days of a held and facilitated programme.

To register

Please visit

Eating Issues & Eating Disorders training

Eating Issues & Eating Disorders training (PDF)

Eating Issues: The Fundamentals – Zoom training

This 1 hour online Zoom training (50 minute presentation + 10 minutes for questions) provides an introduction to understanding eating issues. The content is based on the latest research as well as clinical experience. It is suitable for those new to the subject as well as those wishing to update or refresh their knowledge.

Key learning points include:

  • The main types of issues presented by clients
  • Myths and facts about eating issues
  • Your client’s inner experience: emotional, cognitive, physiological
  • Key messages for your client
  • What you need to know if your client has an eating disorder

Cost: $30.


  • Monday 24 May, 5.15-6.15pm
  • Monday 31 May, 5.306.30pm
  • Tuesday 29 June, 12.15-1.15pm

For more information, future dates or to register, see or contact Lena Cromartie on

Eating Disorders and Other Eating Issues: An Introduction – In-person training

This half-day in-person training provides an introduction to understanding and responding to eating disorders and other eating issues. The information is based on the latest research as well as clinical experience, and some experiential exercises are included. Recent prior experience with a range of eating issues, or attendance at the online training ‘Eating Issues: The Fundamentals’ is a pre-requisite.

Key learning points include:

  • Knowing the main types of eating issues and eating disorders
  • Understanding causes: the role of genes and the environment
  • Assessing for risk and readiness to change
  • Developing a working alliance with your client
  • Working with your client: first steps
  • Multidisciplinary work and referring to other services
  • ANZAED eating disorder treatment principles & clinical practice standards

Cost: $150, or $120 if registered 4 weeks in advance.


  • Christchurch, Saturday 7 August, 1-4.30pm
  • Wellington, Saturday 23 October, 1-4.30pm
  • Hamilton, Saturday 6 November, 12.15-3.45pm

For more information or to register, see or contact Lena Cromartie on


For 10 years, Lena Cromartie (PG Dip Counselling, Dip Life Coaching, Dip Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders) ran a busy private practice dedicated to clients with eating issues. She is a full member of NZAC, an accredited registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and the author of Bingeing, Dieting and You: 30 things every woman needs to know.