Online Video Consultations
Mary Hodson is our Central and Lower North Island Regional Director and one of our senior consultants in Wellington
As regional director and media spokesperson, it is my job to either direct you to the therapist who is most suitable for your needs and that inclused myself. We have six excellent therapists operating in the central and lower North Island region including me - 4 women and 2 men.
I have been working with people with all kinds of 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.
Debbie Penlington is one of our consultants in Tauranga
I have almost completed formal training in advanced sex therapy through the University of Auckland. I particularly enjoy working with individuals or couples who are experiencing sexual, emotional or intimacy issues, supporting them to make their relationship and sex lives as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible.
Common issues include lack of closeness and connection; desire differences; self acceptance and body image; difficulty talking about sexual needs and preferences; sexual pain; performance anxiety; confusion over sexual orientation; affairs; erectile dysfunction and pornography. I find the combination of my nursing and counselling experience also enables me to work effectively with clients where health issues / illness is impacting on their ability to maintain a satisfying close, intimate or sexual relationship.
I believe that every couple's relationship is special and different from all other relationships. Over time, cycles or patterns can develop in a relationship which make it difficult for partners to hear each other, neither partner is right or wrong - both just see the same situation from different perspectives. With my support each partner can better understand what is happening for them in the relationship, how this may be influenced by their previous experiences and how they impact on their partner.
My approach is strongly influenced by the work of Dr Sue Johnson who developed Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT) in the 1980's. EFT is one of the very few approaches to relationship issues that has had research on its effectiveness carried out. Compared to other approaches findings have been very positive showing that relationships of 80-90% of couples receiving EFT improved and 60% of these maintained their improvements or continued to improve. I work from rooms in the Tauranga CBD.
Kathryn Barriball is one of our Waikato Therapists
I work in private practice in Hamilton, where I provide short and long term psychotherapy and counseling for individuals and couples with emotional and sexual intimacy difficulties. I am committed to helping people meet their challenges and to triumph in a way that enhances the quality of their relationships with others, their personal enjoyment and their satisfaction in life.
My practice is also systemically informed, i.e. individuals are embedded within families, communities and societies which all impact on each other. To quote Robyn Salisbury, 'Strong sexual relationships make strong families and strong families make strong communities'.
I completed the Advanced Sex therapy training in 2005 and also have nearly 20 years' experience as a qualified psychotherapist.
Sid Naidu is one of our senior consultants in Wellington
I am a registered Clinical Psychologist trained in New Zealand. I offer sex therapy, marital and relationship therapy. Apart from sexual concerns faced by heterosexual individuals and couples, I also specialise in issues faced by older adults and gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender sexual orientation. I am able to take appointments Mondays and Fridays during normal office hours.
Clients can expect to receive a culturally-attuned service, and to be treated non-judgmentally, and with professionalism, respect, empathy, and positive regard.
My previous work experience was in Alcohol & Drug Services, pain and rehabilitation services.
Vicki Murray is our Hawke's Bay Therapist
I am a sex therapist and relationship counsellor, working in private practice in Gisborne and Napier. I work in a respectful and non-judgmental way, and have a friendly, down-to-earth approach. I provide a safe and supportive space to discuss sexual problems and I combine my professional counselling skills with an understanding of current international research to provide appropriate information and fresh ideas as we work together to find a way forward.
Whilst I mainly work with couples and individuals, I can, where required and appropriate, work with whanau, within a kaupapa Maori framework.
My aim is always to help people have positive and fulfilling sexual experiences, which in turn enhances physical and emotional well-being. There is research that demonstrates that a healthy sex life makes for a stronger, more enduring and more enjoyable relationship.