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Ampara Bouwens

Psychologist

 
Welcome to the therapy practice of Ampara Bouwens, a clinical psychologist based in Auckland. 
To find out more about the therapist, as well as details of this practice, please feel free to explore this site.
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Contact Details

M.  022 648 0583
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Practice Locations

12-14 Como Street
Takapuna
Auckland
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Devonport, Auckland

Online counselling by Skype.
 

Transport and Parking

Devonport: free parking.
Takapuna: pay and display parking

Appointments

Takapuna:
Tue: 5 - 9 pm
Wed 9 am - 6 pm
Thu 5 - 9 pm

Devonport:
Sat 9 am - 1 pm

Languages

I am fluent in:
English / Engels
Dutch / Nederlands
 


Client Types

Adolescents, adults, families, groups.

 

Areas of Special Interest

Are you experiencing any of the following? Anxiety, Depression, Sexual/Emotional/Physical Abuse, Chronic Pain, Addiction (e.g. drugs, sex, gambling), Expat Issues (cultural adjustment issues), Trauma. Do you want to experience personal growth? 

 

Counselling/Therapy Services

Life is rarely without its challenges. There are some, however, that can be so overbearing that it seems impossible to move on. The death of a loved one, overwhelming feelings of anxiety or traumatic experiences can hinder you from living a satisfying life. Or perhaps you keep on making the same mistakes and are you stuck in patterns you are unable to change, even though you really want to. It’s important you know that help is available for every problem life throws your way. Psychotherapy can help you take back control of your life. 

I am trained in several types of therapy. Your individual situation will be assessed and the appropriate approach to therapy will be tailor made to suit your needs: 
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 
  • Schema Focussed Therapy 
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) 
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness
 

Counselling/Therapy Approach

Considering therapy is a courageous step. It can be difficult work, so it's essential to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable. I work to create an atmosphere in which you can feel safe discussing painful feelings or tough issues. In doing so, you'll develop greater insight and awareness of distressing patterns, and discover more choices for yourself. We'll identify changes you can make for greater fulfillment and a more rewarding, meaningful life. Throughout this process, I'll offer patience, empathy and a gentle push when needed. 

If you think I might be able to help, please feel free to call. I'm happy to discuss my practice and to answer whatever questions you may have.

  

Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Registered Clinical Psychologist
  • Member NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
  • ACC Registered Counsellor
  • GZ Psycholoog (Mental Health Psychologist), Dutch Registration
  • NIP (Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen)
 

Qualifications

  • Masters in Clinical Psychology 
 

Background and Experience

I qualified with a Masters degree in clinical psychology in the Netherlands where I worked for a decade with a forensic population who experienced a wide range of mental health issues including addiction, depression, acute and chronic psychotic disorders, trauma and severe personality disorders. Alongside, I worked as a trauma psychologist in a national crisis team for the Ministry of Justice. Furthermore, I worked as a crisis consultant for asylum seekers in detention centers, in the process of being deported. My recent work in New Zealand, with the Department of Corrections, includes working with a wide range of violent and sexual offenders.