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Henriette Politano

Counsellor, Psychotherapist & Supervisor

Counselling-Therapy Ltd
Counselling for individuals and couples – men and women. Issues of relationships, sexuality, depression, trauma, life transitions, anxiety, pet grief and living in NZ as a migrant.
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Contact Details

M. 027 306 2386
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Practice Locations

The Schoolhouse
319 Hardy Street
Nelson CBD
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Bronte Road East
(near Mapua, convenient for Richmond, Motueka and Golden Bay)

Online counselling by Skype


Late afternoon and evening appointments are available.


Individual therapy sessions: $95
Relationship therapy sessions: $115
I am a Registered ACC Sensitive Claims Psychotherapist and Counsellor. The ACC Integrated Services Contract completely covers all fees without any cost to the client. I can lodge the relevant forms for you and help you navigate the ACC process. It is really easy and client friendly.
I have the necessary applications for WINZ Disability Allowance for Counselling and am happy to fill these out with you.
I also provide EAP counselling through OCP

Payment Options

I ask you to pay me by cash, cheque or direct bank deposit.


English, German, Italian and to a lesser degree French and Spanish

Client Types

Adults, couples.


Areas of Special Interest

Most clients come to see me as a result of life changes; for personal development; grief; pet grief; in search of greater fulfilment; for unresolved childhood issues; depression; abuse or other trauma and resulting Post Traumatic Stress.Disorder.


Counselling/Therapy Services

Talking through things with a therapist can lead to new perspectives on life, an increased sense of personal choice, acknowledgement of your own strength and resources, and a richer sense of connection with yourself and others. Psychotherapy can help to change unhelpful behaviours in our lives a well as helping us to understand where these patterns originated. 

Working with me as a psychotherapist can help with self-limiting decisions and beliefs - such as “I don’t matter” – “there isn’t enough for me” – “I don’t belong” – “don’t be” – “don’t be sane” – “don’t succeed” – “I don’t deserve” – “don’t trust” – “don’t need” ………… 

My relational approach also uses the therapeutic relationship as a vehicle for interpersonal healing. 

It is important for me is to create a space of respect, dignity and new potential for every human being. My goal is for clients to become their own resource having strengthened their resiliency through our work together. I intend to create a healing environment for clients to safely explore, and through a process of self-empowerment connect to their greater sense of aliveness. I work with clients of all cultures, nationalities, denominations, gender and sexual orientations. 


Counselling/Therapy Approach

Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy - a mindfulness based approach which helps in the discovery of deeply held and limiting unconscious beliefs. It is a gentle yet powerful method of assisted self-study and discovery. 

Somatic Experiencing® (SE) - a body-centered therapeutic approach to working with trauma. SE helps us unlock our own innate capacity to heal traumatic stress and recover from trauma. It is based on the work of Dr. Peter Levine. 

Imago Relationship Therapy - an effective, loving and compassionate approach to bridging the distance between you and your partner. Imago teaches safe and respectful communication and provides a safe space for this to take place. 

Also Body-Mind Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 


Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ)
  • Registered with the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
  • Member of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
  • ACC Registered Sensitive Claims Psychotherapist/Counselor
  • Member of Hakomi Australia
  • Member of Imago International (Imago Relationship Therapy)
  • Member of Somatic Experiencing® 


  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Massachusetts) 
  • Certificate in Transactional Analysis 
  • Diploma in Professional Counselling 
  • Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy Graduate 
  • Certified Imago Relationship Therapist 
  • Certified Somatic Experiencing Therapist (SEP)

Background and Experience

During my “first adult life’ I pursued an industrial career in the UK working on directorial level. This involved visits to all continents and many countries.

During my “second adult life” I chose freedom and spent six years with my husband living on a sailing yacht on the circumnavigation which ultimately brought me to New Zealand.

Now, in my “third adult life,” I am as passionate about working with my clients as I have been about anything I have done previously. Prior to moving to the Nelson – Richmond – Motueka area in 2018, Counselling-Therapy has for ten years been my private Psychotherapy and Counselling practice in Northland.