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Craig Whisker

Craig Whisker

Family Therapist, Psychotherapist & Supervisor

NZ Family Therapy Specialists
 
Craig is a Pakeha man working in Cambridge, or via Skype, or in your home where appropriate. He works with children and adolescents in the context of their 'family'; and with individual adults, ‘couples’, ‘families’, and groups; individual & group supervision; psychodrama; and training workshops.
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Contact Craig Whisker

M. 021 213 9921
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Skype. craigwhisker

Practice Locations

Cambridge

Online sessions available.

I travel nationally to provide training and consultations.

Appointments

Thursdays in-person (including evening sessions); Skype by arrangement.

Fees

My fees are scaled according to your gross income, or for couples & families it is combined gross income. Fees are per hour and include GST. 

Income under $30,000:
Individuals $80
Couples/Families $95
  
Income $30,000-$65,000:
Individuals $110
Couples/Families $130

Income $65,000-$120,000:
Individuals $140
Couples/Families $160

Income  over $120,000:
Individuals $170
Couples/Families $190
 

Payment Options

Cash or Internet Banking
 


Client Types

Adults, couples, families, groups.

 

Areas of Special Interest

Working with relationships of all kinds; ‘couple’ and ‘family’ psychotherapy with whoever is significant to you; impacts of mental & physical ill-health on your life

 

Counselling/Therapy Services

Craig works with children and adolescents in the context of their 'family', and with individual adults, ‘couples’, and adult ‘families’. A ‘couple’ or ‘family’ is what you define it to be. You can include anyone who is significant to you.

There is no restriction on the subject matter people might bring to work on with Craig. His 30 years of therapeutic-work experience include child and adolescent mental health services, eating disorders, sexual offending, domestic violence, parental-marital separations, and ‘family’ or group therapy for each of the above.

Craig is an accredited supervisor offering supervision to counsellors, therapists, social workers, strengthening-family coordinators, community workers, youth workers, addictions workers, team leaders, and fellow supervisors.

He conducts ‘family’ and group work training around New Zealand and overseas. Teams are welcome to request training workshops, such as, for working with complex families, or for a specific therapeutic group.

Craig also offers residential psychodrama workshops in New Zealand each year [and in Bali in 2020!] and a residential retreat for ‘helping professionals’. Enquiries welcome.

 

Counselling/Therapy Approach

Craig’s work is highly influenced by the personal-life and relational experiences he has had, or is having, as a child of the universe, an entangled teenager, a young adult seeking both independence and belonging, as a marriage partner, a father, a divorcee, a solo-sharer of parenting, a brother of adult siblings, a son of parents now deceased, a cancer survivor, and an aging and fallible human being.

Training in collaborative family therapy, psychodrama, and social constructionist-informed systems theory, standout as guiding Craig’s life and work. He believes something therapeutic can happen when there is a good meeting between people in the presence of sensitivity to diversity, cultures, identities, hopes, pasts and futures.

  

Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Clinical Member and Accredited Supervisor Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT)
  • Certified Psychodramatist and Educator by the Australian and Aotearoa NZ Psychodrama Association (AANZPA)
  • Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ)
  • Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC) 
 

Qualifications

  • Master of Arts (Applied) in Social Work
  • Bachelor of Surveying (with distinction)
 

Background and Experience

From 1992-2005 Craig worked in a variety of roles, including: family therapist in child & adolescent mental health services; group worker & progress review facilitator in a sex offenders’ rehabilitation programme; phone counsellor; violence-prevention groupworker; community house volunteer; coordinator for a fathers’-whose-children-have-been-sexually-abused group; & psychodrama auxiliary in a residential drug & alcohol treatment programme.

Since 2005, he has been in private practice as a family therapy educator, supervisor, & practitioner: as a psychodramatist; & in providing consultation services to mental health, addictions, counselling, & other social services. Currently, he is completing a PhD on family therapy in NZ, while working part-time.

 

Supervision Services

Craig see’s supervision as being about collaborative reflection. Supervisees are invited to present their work with their clients ‘as it actually happened’. Thus, live viewing of a supervisees work, video- or audio-recordings, and letters or reports written by the supervisee to their clients, are encouraged. Clients’ experiences are invited too. This may be in the form of their invited emails, letters, audio, or the inclusion of a client in a supervisionary process, such as, a debriefing session, a final session, or exploring a stuck situation. The emphasis here is on accountability to those we work with for what we do in our work.

The main ingredient in such supervision is the supervisee’s capacity for self-reflection. This extends to taking responsibility to reflect on the supervisee’s relationship with: dominant societal ideas & practices; family & intimate relationships, both past & present; the client-therapist relationship; gender issues; and sexual thoughts & strong feelings. Supervision seeks to encourage a balance between connection and detachment in the supervisee’s therapeutic relationships. In these regards, I draw inspiration from Johnella Bird's approaches to Super Vision.