Professional Development Workshops

Postponement of our upcoming September 11 workshop - Navigating Emotional and Sexual Intimacy.     

We regret that unfortunately due to the current NZ Government response to Covid 19 and safety levels set we are currently unable to offer our one-day workshop Navigating Emotional and Sexual Intimacy.   However are hoping to be able to reset the date when safety levels allow.    

Thanks to all those who had registered for the September workshop, we will be in touch to advise directly.

Ninety percent of participant evaluations rated the overall usefulness of this workshop as 5/5 !  If you are interested in joining us for  workshop in the future in Auckland please register your expression of interest below.

Navigating Emotional and Sexual Intimacy

A one-day workshop for therapists to train with Allyson Waite and Paula Dennan, Clinical Psychologists, Sex Therapy New Zealand

Many couples struggle to maintain both emotionally intimate and sexually fulfilling relationships in long term relationships.  Difficulties with intimacy, including desire differences are a common presenting issue for therapy.

In this workshop we will:

  • explore the concepts of intimacy from a developmental and relational perspective
  • discuss the relationship dynamics that impact intimacy
  • utilize a range of models and interventions to enhance intimacy skills
  • learn how to integrate sex therapy in couple therapy
  • learn skills that will help couples improve communication and closeness
  • practically apply the theory through exercises and case discussion

The workshop does not require any previous knowledge and is suitable for those participants who regularly work with couples as well as those primarily working with individuals who wish to gain an understanding of couple therapy.


Time: 8.30am (registration) for 9am- 4.30pm Sorrento Auckland Cancelled 

          (Delicious lunch, morning & afternoon tea provided)

Cost: $270 (incl gst) early bird enrolment 

          $295 (incl gst) full fee 

Register Now!


Dr Allyson Waite and Paula Dennan are both Clinical Psychologists who specialise in working with couples and individuals experiencing difficulties with intimacy and sexuality.  They are Regional Directors and accredited therapists with Sex Therapy New Zealand.

Ally has a background in mental health services, individual and couple therapy.  Her practice is strongly influenced by attachment theory and relational models of therapy including Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and Cognitive Analytic Therapy.  She teaches in the area of sexuality through the University of Auckland.

Paula has over twenty five years of clinical experience.  She teaches the Bader Pearson Developmental Model of Couple Therapy which integrates attachment, differentiation and neuro-science.  Paula works from a bio-psycho-social model and values a systemic relational approach.