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Henriette Politano

Henriette Politano

Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor

Counselling-Therapy Ltd  
Counselling for individuals and couples. Issues of relationships, sexuality, intimacy, depression, domestic violence, life transitions, anxiety, anorexia and bulimia (weekly Eating Disorders Group), and living in NZ as a migrant.
Henriette Politano counselling whangarei

Contact Details

M. 027 306 2386
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Practice Locations

The Old Municipal Building
Suite 7
71 Bank Street
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Online counselling by Skype

Transport and Parking

There is a pay parking lot behind the building. There are also metered parking places in the surrounding streets.


Late afternoon and evening appointments are available.


Individual therapy sessions: $85 incl. GST 
Relationship therapy sessions: $120 incl. GST 
ACC sensitive claims clients: the new ACC Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims means there are no additional fees

Payment Options

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


I also practice in German, French, Italian and Spanish.

Client Types

Adults, couples.


Areas of Special Interest

Self-identity, spirituality, depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, dissociation, childhood trauma/sexual abuse, phobias, relationships, stress, sexual orientation, eating issues, sexual addictions, obsessional rituals, emotions like anger, guilt, shame.


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
  • ACC Registered Counsellor
  • Member of Hakomi Australia
  • Member of USABP (US Association of Body Psychotherapy)
  • Member of Imago International (Imago Relationship Therapy)
  • Member of Somatic Experiencing® 

Qualifications and Experience

  • 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® Practitioner 
  • Certified Imago Relationship Therapist

Background and Experience

During my "first adult life" I pursued an industrial career in the UK working on a directorial level. This involved visits to all continents an 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.