Helen Mounsey is our South Island Regional Director and one of our Christchurch therapists
As regional director, it is my job to direct you to the therapist who is most suitable for your needs. We have three therapists operating in the South Island region. All reside in Christchurch but for those who live further afield we are available for Skype sessions.
I have a private practice in the suburb of Spreydon, Christchurch. Both the location and parking are easy to find, and appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
I have particular training and interest in individuals and couples who come with emotional and sexual intimacy concerns including the wish to repair from infidelity, compulsive sexual behaviors, surgery and trauma related matters. I have been involved in sex therapy for over 12 years and completed the Advanced Sex Therapy training in 2006. I work with relationships issues in general and have done so for over 20 years.
I believe most people want to work out practical solutions which they can sustain in their often busy lives. Confidentiality is always paramount. I am accountable to the Code of Ethics of NZAC and ACC. I use a range of approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Narrative therapy and Attachment theory.
I also provide consultancy for a range of issues which include depression, stress, anxiety, grief and loss and major life changes. I worked for a number of years in high schools with adolescents before establishing my own clinical practice and so have a strong interest in parenting and families.
Lisa Phelan is One of Our Sex Therapists
I completed advanced sex therapy training in 2015 and I am an approved provider for ACC for sensitive claims. I have worked extensively with with couples for the last 10 years. I have a particular interest in desire issues. I also have experience working with out of control sexual behaviour commonly called sexual addiction and gender identity issues.
I see my role as a sex therapist as working collaboratively alongside people in order to support them to develop or increase intimacy in order to experience a full and satisfying and authentic life. I respect that this can be a sensitive topic for many people and I work at the client's pace and tailor therapy according to the needs of the couple or individual. Confidentiality is of utmost importance and as a member of NZAC I adhere to their ethical guidelines.
I work in Private practice in Riccarton and am happy to see both couples and individuals. Although I endeavour to work from a person – centred and relational framework, I also use bio-psycho-social approach and other models such as Acceptance and Commitment and Solution Focused therapy.
My past counselling experience includes many other issues such as grief, depression, stress, anxiety, eating issues, post-traumatic stress and communication issues.