Vacancy – Administrator, 25 hours per week, work from home.

The New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists is seeking an organised and self motivated administrator.
For a job description contact: Honorary Secretary, Catriona Cairns –
You will work closely with the President, Honorary Secretary and Council to support and promote NZAP, psychotherapists and psychotherapy in the public arena.
Your role will involve liaising with members and answering their queries.
You understand and are committed to kaupapa, values and a communication style which reflect Te Tiriti o Waitangi and align with the NZAP Strategic Plan.
You have excellent oral and written communication skills, a passion for accuracy and attention to detail. You will maintain records, a database of members and add content to our website.
You are good at relating to people, competent with online technologies and able to be a flexible problem solver.
The successful applicant may be located in any major city provided they are able to undertake limited travel.
Contact Catriona Cairns –

Job vacancy: Consultant Psychiatrist, Dunedin

An opportunity has arisen for a full-time Consultant Psychiatrist to work at Ashburn Clinic in Dunedin.  The position is full time, but we would consider a minimum of 0.7 FTE.

Ashburn Clinic is a private psychiatric hospital established in this small University City over 130 years ago. It operates as a democratic therapeutic community, treating a broad range of patients who are privately or publicly funded. Ashburn’s public funding recognises its role as a national, tertiary service using a model of treatment that makes a unique contribution to the overall mental health services in New Zealand. The majority of our patients are adults with mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, addictions, and severe and complex responses to trauma.

The successful applicant will work within a multi-disciplinary team to provide assessment and treatment of inpatients within the therapeutic community, and outpatients in our general adult service, as well as contribute to the after-hours on-call roster. According to their level of experience and seniority, there could also be opportunities for taking on some leadership and management responsibilities.

Registration with the NZ Medical Council and a Fellowship with the RANZCP or equivalent is necessary. Ideally the applicant would have some experience working in psychodynamic psychotherapy and a therapeutic community; however an interest in both and an openness to learn is also acceptable.

We offer professional development and a competitive remuneration package.

To apply, please send your cover letter and CV to

Applications close on Sunday 31 October 2021.

Please note that due to the vulnerability of our patients and staff we require new employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19.  

Vacancy: Sexual abuse clinicians, Auckland

The Grief Centre in Auckland is seeking clinicians who would like to work with sexual abuse victims.

Waitlists and the need for this support is high across the country. We can help you become registered to do sexual abuse work, or if you are already ACC registered, then we believe we have more to offer you…

Read more about the Grief Centre.

To enquire

Please email Trudie Vos at the Grief Centre:

NZAP’s Climate Reverie Group

Te Ipu Taiao Hui – The Climate Crucible: Continued

When: first Monday of the month

Next Meeting: 1st November 2021

Since Te Ipu Taiao in March this year we have been holding a once per month Zoom session for reflections, reverie, and feelings about the climate crisis. We would like to extend an invitation to all NZAP members to join us.  You can join the group regularly, or you are welcome to drop in with no expectation of continuing.

It is so hard to face our climate fears on our own, but in a group we find connection and a place to belong in facing what is happening to our world. Connecting also helps us find focus and take more action which is another way to find relief from constant horrendous climate news.

Subscribe to our blog to receive reminders and the zoom link.


Please note, this group is for mental health professionals.

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Digital Psychotherapy Workspace

The digital psychotherapy workspace you and your clients will love

In 2020 many of you gave your time to participate in researching and co-designing a digital psychotherapy workspace. The team have been testing the software with a group of NZ healthcare practitioners (including psychotherapists) for the last 12 months and are now releasing it. It brings together all of your client notes, scheduling, billing, and online payments in one secure platform.

We would love to see others benefit from it. If you are interested, you can sign up via the link below. The team would be keen to hear your feedback or requests!

Job vacancy: Youthline Helpline Clinical Practitioner, Auckland/Christchurch/Dunedin

Helpline Clinical Practitioner advert (PDF)

Location – Auckland, Christchurch or Dunedin
Work Type – Full Time and Part Time positions available

We are looking for an awesome person to help make a difference for rangatahi/young people nationwide. This role will support in the expansion of an essential national service that has been there for kiwis for over 50 years.

Youthline is a youth-centred community organization that seeks to build communities where young people thrive. Youthline works with young people, their families and all those in our community supporting young people.

We are well known as “the number one place for young people to reach out to for support”.

What to expect in the role:

  • Provide a high standard of clinical support to clients via various mediums including phone, text, email, and webchat
  • Provide mentoring and support to Helpline volunteers and peer support to staff
  • Work set rostered 8-hour shifts between the hours of 8am – midnight in a collaborative team environment
  • Make time sensitive clinical assessments and decisions and hold professional boundaries
  • Ensure a strengths based, person centred approach
  • Facilitate effective communication with support agencies
  • Engage in ongoing training and development
  • Be available on weekends and evenings on occasion for trainings/orientations

Do you have what it takes?

  • Qualified Mental Health Professional, with current certification as:
    • Fully registered under the Health Practitioner Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003 e.g. nurse, psychologist, psychotherapist, occupational therapist, or
    • A fully registered alcohol and drug and/or gambling practitioner member of the Addiction Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa New Zealand (DAPAANZ), or
    • A fully registered social worker, or
    • A counsellor fully registered with NZAC
  • Proven experience in mental health
  • Skilled in identifying and assessing risk (suicide, care and protection, self-harm), safety planning, and interventions and ability to make effective, time sensitive clinical decisions and review incident reports
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to build rapport with clients and their families/whānau quickly
  • Ability to show empathy with a calm, non-judgemental manner
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Passion and knowledge in supporting young people
  • Commitment to providing a culturally competent service and working bi-culturally 

What’s in it for you?

  • Ongoing professional development
  • Located in either Auckland, Christchurch or Dunedin
  • Join a growing, community-based organisation with a great team culture
  • Exposure to working in a tele-health setting

​​Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference to the youth of New Zealand and join a dedicated team.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the opportunity we have available please feel free to contact Robbie Mckenzie on 09 520 7612 or

To apply

Please send your cover letter, CV and details about your professional registration/APC to Robbie Mckenzie at RWR Recruitment:

Job vacancy: School counsellor, Cambridge

School Counsellor (PDF)

St Peter’s, Cambridge is an outstanding Independent Year 7-13 co-educational school, with a growing roll currently at 1230 students. St Peter’s offer world class facilities situated in a unique environment and is “home” for over 450 boarders.

We have an exciting opportunity to join our Wellbeing Centre team at St Peter’s, Cambridge.  We are seeking a Counsellor with qualifications in Social Work/Counselling/Psychotherapy and/or Psychology.

You must be someone who is supportive of our school’s Christian special character.

This is a fixed term role covering Parental Leave for 12 months.

We are looking for a motivated professional with the following skills, attributes and experience:

  • Professional membership;
  • Engaged in external clinical supervision;
  • Passionate about providing a meaningful and supportive Counselling environment for our day and boarding students;
  • Familiar with strengths-based practice principles;
  • Experience and competency in working therapeutically with young people;
  • Empathetic, approachable and compassionate;
  • Awareness of the issues facing young people today;
  • Respect and understanding for cultural and gender differences;
  • Strong team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Flexible and adaptable;
  • Good working knowledge of databases and Microsoft Office, predominantly Outlook and Word.

At St Peter’s we have an exceptional work environment in beautifully landscaped grounds. We offer excellent employment benefits including, access to our gym and pool facilities, staff lunches, and a culture which values excellence.  You will work in a collaborative team who are committed to making a difference in the lives of young people.

If this sounds like you and you are ready to take up a new challenge, apply now!

Position to commence as soon as possible

To apply

Applications close on 30 August 2021 at 12noon.

Please include a covering letter, and CV with details of three referees.

To apply please visit

Group therapy, Wellington

Group Therapy Advert (PDF)

Do you have clients, or others in your circles, who might be interested in being part of a therapy group?

We will be triaging prospective participants, but please note that this therapy group will be best suited to those who already have some capacity to self-regulate.

Why join a therapy group?

Group therapy provides a rich environment in which to learn about yourself and develop new ways of relating to others. It differs from individual therapy by providing the opportunity to interact with a range of personalities in a safe environment, in which exploration of the impact we have on others and how others impact on us is encouraged.

If you would like to develop greater confidence in group settings or are interested in developing your self-awareness in relationships, group therapy is an excellent space in which to do this work.


This will be a relational therapy group, grounded in Transactional Analysis psychotherapy and Person-Centered Humanistic counselling practices. Participants will be encouraged to explore their individual experiences while part of the group as well as the interactions they are having with others.


Sessions will be held in a group therapy space near the corner of Victoria and Willeston Streets in central Wellington. Further information will be provided for participants.

The group will run for ten weeks. Sessions will be from 3:30pm-5:00pm on consecutive Friday afternoons, starting on 3 September 2021. Participants will be willing to commit to the full 10 weeks.

The cost for the full group process of ten 90-minute sessions is $500.

Spaces are strictly limited.

Co-leaders : Sally Crozier & Russell Vant

We are experienced counsellors working in private practice in Wellington, who have known each other for five and a half years. We are both currently furthering our training and working towards registration as psychotherapists.

To apply

Please complete the introductory questionnaire: click here.


Copies of NZAP Newsletter and Ata Journal

The NZAP office is holding a number of spare copies of past issues of the NZAP Newsletter, going back as far as 1986. There are also a few spare copies of the Ata Journal. Rather than putting them all in the bin, they are being offered to NZAP supporters and members of the public. You will simply need to pay for the postage.

This file lists details of all the issues available: Spare copies (Excel)

If you would like to request any of these, please email

Please feel free to share this information with colleagues and friends who you think might be interested.

Vacancy: therapist, Tamaki Health

Kia Ora | Hello | Talofa Lava |Ni Hao |Namaste |Malo e leilei | Bula vinaka | Kamusta

  • 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!