Professional Development Workshops

We offer a variety of workshops each year so please check this page for current courses available.  We have recently completed our November 2019 Navigating Emotional and Sexual Intimacy in which 90% of participant evaluations rated the overall usefulness of this workshop as 5/5 !  If you are interested in joining us in 2020 for this course please register your interest below.

NEWS FLASH - STNZ will be hosting  Dr Aline Zoldbrod (Sex Smart) Sex Therapist and Psychologist who will be presenting a workshop on Trauma and Sexual Problems - more information to this space and save the date 10 March 2020 as spaces will be limited for this Auckland full day workshop. 


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.

WORKSHOP:  Date for 2020 to be advised,Sorrento (670 Manukau Rd, Royal Oak, Auckland 1023)

Booking: Please Email Ally at  to register your interest and go on the wait list.

Cost : $ (incl gst) Early bird  to be advised

           $ (incl gst)  Full Fee to be advised

Payment to Bank Account: 02-0432-0070870-002   (Surname and ref code: NI2020


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.