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.
Karen Macpherson is one of our senior consultants in Wellington
I work with emotional and sexual intimacy issues and use attachment, C.B.T and art therapy modalities, where appropriate. I acknowledge and respect the uniqueness of each person. I am attentive to individual needs and mindful of culture. My passion is to see people living the life they want, being all that they want to be. I work from rooms in Whitby and offer some evening and weekend appointments.
I completed Advanced Sex Therapy training through the University of Auckland in 2012 but I have 15 years’ experience as a qualified counsellor and my early clinical work with children and families in a Family Counselling Practice means that my practice is underpinned by the knowledge that an individual is a part of a system.
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.