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Cait Siew

Cait Siew

Art Therapist

Red Thread Therapy

Hello! I offer psychotherapy and art psychotherapy sessions with Jungian analysis as a framework. Please visit my website for more details or contact me to have a chat about how we may work together.
Cait Siew art therapist auckland and online

Contact Details

M. 021 076 9338
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Practice Locations

Auckland CBD
St Heliers
Takapuna

Online psychotherapy available by Skype.

Languages

English, Mandarin 普通话, Cantonese 粤语, Malay, Japanese 日本語. 

Fees

I have a fixed rate per session but offer a sliding fee based on your needs. WINZ subsidy and other sources of funding can be discussed.
 

Payment Options

Cash or Internet Banking
 


Client Types

Adolescents, adults, couples.

 

Areas of Special Interest

Schizophrenia, Personality Disorder, Trauma and abuse, Addictions, Personal Growth, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Forensic Population, Mental Health

 

Counselling/Therapy Services

I'm an experienced art therapist who has worked in different countries and in a variety of settings. I have found art to be an effective medium with my clients, especially when working pre and non-verbally. So many of our thoughts and emotions we struggle to put into words. Through the process of art-making and triangulation, clients are able to recognise their unconscious communication and behaviour in a non-threatening way. Art can also be a way of recording clients' progress throughout therapy and this evidence can be useful for both clients and therapist. 

Sometimes we don't quite know what drives our behaviours despite our best attempts at making sense of them. Or we may find ourselves unable to answer questions of life that seemed so pertinent to us, such as when something 'bad' happens to us and we wonder why; or when nothing 'bad' is happening to us and we wonder why we aren't happy, etc. Depth psychology can be very useful in bringing light to these unconscious contents. 

 

Counselling/Therapy Approach

My training is in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Based on my personal inclination, I work largely from a Jungian framework. With individuation as the goal of psychotherapy, I believe in guiding clients to reach their potential through analysis of their past experiences to identify patterns and ways of coming to terms with them. 

  

Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Registered Art Therapist
  • Member Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA)
  • Creative Therapies Association Aotearoa (CTAA)
  • ACC Registered Counsellor
 

Qualifications

  • Master of Arts in Art Psychotherapy (Goldsmiths College, London, UK)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (University of Otago, New Zealand)
 

Background and Experience

I have worked in both Singapore and New Zealand as an art therapist. In Singapore, my first job was with the Institute of Mental Health in the Dangerous and Violent ward within forensic mental health. I then worked for The Red Pencil, a humanitarian NGO, offering art psychotherapy to clients with sexual and physical abuse, war zone PTSD, poverty, suicide prevention, conduct disorder and family members with incarcerated loved ones. In New Zealand, I worked for the Department of Corrections, helping clients understand themselves better so they can move on to a better life.