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Barbara Smith

Barbara Smith

Psychotherapist and Supervisor

Auckland Psychotherapy Centre
I have 25 years of successful private practice, working with people like you to overcome your problems effectively & to realise your potential. Clients say how easy it is to talk with me, without feeling judged, and what a relief it is to finally break through their issues and feel better.
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M. 021 848 495
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Practice Locations

1st Floor
Lake House Arts Centre
37 Fred Thomas Drive
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4/99 Vauxhall Rd
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Online counselling and psychotherapy via Skype.

Transport and Parking

Unlimited street parking & bus route


Takapuna: Tuesday to Friday
Devonport:  Mondays


Begins at $140.

Payment Options

Cheque, online banking.

Client Types

Adults, couples, and groups.


Areas of Special Interest

I specialise in healing body based emotional problems & increasing your relationship IQ. I love providing effective treatment for relationship issues, anxiety, stress, flashbacks, night terrors, phobias & under or over feeling. Many of my clients have already had therapy and report relief at finally relieving their symptoms, improving their relationships & feeling whole.


Counselling/Therapy Services

  • Relationship Issues 
  • Explore & understand your feelings, thoughts & behaviours. 
  • Become more aware of yourself, your beliefs, values & what motivates you. 
  • Work through conflicts, wounding & traumas 
  • Know your inherited & learnt family patterns & choose to behave differently 
  • Be at ease with yourself sexually 
  • Set attainable goals & plan 
  • Find meaning & purpose in your life 

SHEN: Body based emotional therapy 
Anxiety & stress live in your solar plexus, fuelled by adrenalin & overload. Anxiety is often a generalised state presenting instead of worry, anger, fear & fear of feeling. Working with your solar plexus, to relieve this area of its backlog of emotions is very effective. 

Flashbacks & PTSD are the normal symptoms of an abnormal trauma. I brought this therapy to NZ as it heals the symptoms of PTSD, including flashbacks, resulting from trauma. 

Night terrors & phobias often terrorise children. Left untreated suffering continues into adulthood. SHEN elegantly & effectively resolves these terrors, giving you a peaceful sleep. 

Over or under feeling: when overwhelmed with emotion do you over feel or shutdown? SHEN balances your feeling responses to a more natural state. 
Depression: learn to feel safely 


Counselling/Therapy Approach

I offer you a safe, sincere & confidential therapy relationship in which you can grow & change. I will support you to develop the skills you need to manifest the changes you yearn for - within yourself & in your life. 

I was a counsellor before becoming a psychotherapist. I needed the skills in working with the unconscious that my psychotherapy training gave me. Psychotherapists must be in therapy themselves, in order to sort out their own issues so that they can work effectively. This gave me a clarity of the difference between me & my clients, as well as a lived experience of receiving therapy. 

Modalities that have informed my approach include Psychodynamic & Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Integrative Gestalt, Existential & Transpersonal Therapy.


Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Registered Psychotherapist
  • Member New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
  • Member NZAP Supervisors
  • Victim Support Registered Counsellor


  • Advanced Clinical Practice Certificate NZAP 
  • Post Graduate Certificate Health Science, Clinical Supervision, AUT 
  • Diploma Psychotherapy AIT 
  • Certificate SHEN Therapy ISTA 
  • Certificate Gestalt
  • NLP Practitioners Certificate AIT 

Background and Experience

I have run a successful private practice as a counsellor, then as a psychotherapist for 25 years. 
I supervise Psychotherapists, Counsellors & Mental Health Managers 
I co-developed & co-led a Jungian inspired set of courses called Art Therapy Workshops for 5 years, at ArtStation 
I was Group Therapist & Visiting Lecturer for counselling students at MIT for 2 years 
I have supervised & examined final year psychotherapy students at AUT, over many years 
For 5 years I was Art Therapist at Richmond Fellowship Houses 
For 12 years I was a voluntary telephone & Face to Face Counsellor at Lifeline 


Supervision Services

I provide a safe, holding environment for my supervisees to rest & explore in. They feel secure with my lack of judgment & my commitment to life long learning. Ethics & best practice underpin my supervision. I tailor supervision to the level of development of each supervise, teaching as needed, providing creative space as needed, encouraging personal expression to grow into personal aha moments.
I love supervising the work of other professionals, supporting them in both their personal & professional lives, so that they can provide healing & growth for their clients.