Counselling Psychotherapy

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Anxiety, Communication Issues, Coping Skills, Depression, Marriage, Alcoholism, Grief, Anger, Addictions, Trauma, Life Crisis


Consulting, Counselling, Grief Counselling

Insurance Accepted

Accident Compensation Corporation





About Counselling Psychotherapy

Mary Fennessy - Counselling, Psychotherapy & Supervision

About me and my practice ~

After working as a teacher, marrying and raising a family I decided to further explore the meaning of human existence. A study of Theology lead me to a deeper inquiry into human development and emotional health and then into training in psychotherapy.

I have been working in private practice as a psychotherapist and counsellor since 1991 having trained initially under an apprenticeship model. This involved intensive individual training in psychotherapy from 1988 to 1993 with Mr Harold Bernhardt (BA; MA; ANZPsS; MNZAP; former senior Psychologist at Ashburn Hall and Senior Lecturer at University of Otago Medical School.)

Since then I have also graduated as a Gestalt Psychotherapist. I am trained and received Certification as an Imago Relationship therapist.

My full-time practice is located within a Health Centre and while many of my referrals come from Doctors and self-referrals, others come through professional work schemes, ACC and the Family Court.

I have experience working with people with a range of issues, including:

  • Relationship, couple, family and parenting
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Crisis and grief reactions
  • Mind/body connections with physical illnesses
  • Eating disorders
  • Conflict resolution
  • The effects of sexual, physical and emotional abuse

Mary also works with individuals who want:

  • To modify their alcohol use
  • Professional supervision or support
  • To review or change their lives

Qualifications ~

  • Diploma in Gestalt Therapy (Gestalt Institute of NZ)
  • Certificate in Interface of Psychotherapy and Psychiatry (Gestalt Institute of NZ)
  • Certificate in Theories of Psychotherapy (Ashburn Clinic)
  • International Certification as Imago Relationship Therapist.
  • BTheol (Otago)
  • BA (Otago)
  • Teacher's College Diploma

Meberships ~

  • Registered Psychotherapist
  • Member of New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists; Title is ¿NZAP Member with Advanced Clinical Practice¿
  • Member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors
  • Member of Imago Relationships International

Personal Interests ~

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, films, exercise and walking in the countryside. I continue to explore the meaning of being human and to experience joy in the changing circumstances in my own life and the lives of others.

ACC Referrals are accepted - WINZ Funding can be used where applicable - Wheelchair Accessible - On-site Parking available!

Consultations are 50 mins and Fee is by arrangement

Call today to set up an appointment.

What makes us different

I am a Supervisor of Professionals - I provide professional supervision for other psychotherapists, having trained in this area.


New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists
New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists
NZ Association of Counsellors
NZ Association of Counsellors

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