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Helga McIlrath

Helga McIlrath


Let's Talk Psychology Ltd
"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination."
- Carl Rogers
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Contact Helga

Note: I am not taking any new ACC clients.
M. 021 041 0176
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Practice Locations

Office of HBC Legal Chambers
Elan Building
19 Tamariki Avenue
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Transport and Parking

On street parking in Tamariki Avenue, Cammish Lane and Keith Morris Lane.


I have appointments available on Monday to Thursday, 8:30am until 3pm (last appointment at 2pm).


English and Afrikaans   


$190 per session (60 minutes)

Registered with ACC for sensitive claims (sessions are fully funded)

Payment Options

Eftpos and Credit Card
Electronic bank transfer

Client Types

Adolescents, adults, couples.


Areas of Special Interest

Trauma and Dissociation. Emotion dysregulation, including self-harm behaviour. Eating Disorders. Depression and Anxiety. Grief. Self development and growth. Interpersonal difficulties.


Counselling/Therapy Services

My therapeutic interventions are always led by what is most helpful to my client. I also believe in a constant balance between gaining understanding, and making changes. Therefor, I focus both on exploring and understanding a specific situation, and then on skills and techniques to make changes in your life.

Above all, I believe that the most important aspect of therapy, is the therapeutic relationship. I constantly use our interactions in therapy to identify patterns of behaviour and understand emotional responses.


Counselling/Therapy Approach

I mostly work from a psychodynamic framework. This means that I attempt to help you find patterns in your emotions, thoughts, and beliefs in order to gain insight into your current self. Alongside this framework, I incorporate concepts and techniques from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This allows us to focus on behaviours that you want to change, as well as working toward greater flexibility and tolerating difficult emotions.


Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Registered Clinical Psychologist
  • Member NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
  • Member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
  • ACC Registered Counsellor


  • Bachelor of Science (Major in Psychology)
  • Bachelor Honours (Psychology)
  • Master of Science (Medically Applied Psychology)

Background and Experience

I have extensive experience in working with adolescents and adults with complex and longstanding psychological difficulties. I have worked in adult mental health services, intensive residential programs and private practice.

I have a particular interest in working with complex trauma and dissociation, as well as individuals who struggle to regulate emotion and have difficulty in interpersonal relationships. This includes adults and adolescents with disordered eating as well as those who engage in self harm behaviour.


Supervision Services

I am available for clinical supervision for psychologists, psychotherapists and counselors.