Mary Hodson is our Central and Lower North Island Regional Director and One of Our Bay of PlentyTherapists
As regional director and media spokesperson, it is my job to direct you to the therapist who is most suitable for your needs or best able to fulfil your media request. We have several excellent therapists operating in the central and lower North Island region including me. 3 of those are in Wellington, 1 in Hamilton and 2 in Tauranga and 1 in Napier and Gisborne.
I am the senior consultant for Tauranga/ Mount Maunganui and I have been working with people with all kinds sexuality concerns since 2005 when I completed advanced sex therapy training. I specialise in working with couples with emotional and sexual intimacy difficulties, individuals or couples where sexual intimacy is complicated by illness or disability, and couples where one or both partners have a sexual addiction (now known as 'Out of Control sexual Behaviour' or OCSB).
I am a member of both the New Zealand Association of Counsellors and the World Association of Sexologists (Asia-Pacific region) and I am registered with the NZ Council for Educational Research.
I worked in health and disability related fields since I registered as an occupational therapist in 1983. My early work was with families that were struggling to cope with either alcohol abuse and its’ attendant problems or serious physical disability, I also taught community based counselling courses in the Far North community. Later, I taught clinical sciences and clinical practice at the school of Occupational Therapy in Wellington and the National Certificate in Human Services at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.