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Leah Royden

Leah Royden


A truly successful therapy, in my eyes, is one that not only offers relief and healing for you but a ‘new normal’. An ending you could not have imagined at the beginning.
Leah Royden psychotherapist birkenhead auckland and online

Contact Leah

M. 021 0838 3851
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Practice Locations

Suite #7, Hinemoa House
184 Hinemoa Street
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Online therapy available.


Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at Hinemoa House in Birkenhead.

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Weekends negotiable.

Client Types



Areas of Special Interest

I have helped people with: anxiety,  grief and loss, suicide bereavement, addiction, eating disorders, self-esteem, anger. My training covers a broad variety of topics, and I welcome patients from all backgrounds.


Counselling/Therapy Services

Mental distress shrinks our world – and how that looks and feels varies from person to person. 

For some, life feels colourless and numb. For others, frightening and overwhelming. We may be unable to tear our focus from our bodies, or what we put into them. We may cling to others in fear or loneliness, or we may find the world too much to bear and retreat into quiet, hopeless solitude. We may rage against something that has happened to us in ways that frighten ourselves and our loved ones. 

Whatever struggle you are facing, my ultimate goal in therapy with you will be the same – the expansion of your world and your possibilities for life. I offer the best skills, knowledge, and environment I can to match your particular needs. 

A successful therapy, in my eyes, is one that not only offers relief and healing for you but a ‘new normal’. An ending you could not have imagined at the beginning. 


Counselling/Therapy Approach

Our reasons for seeking therapy are unique as we are, and my approach will depend on what you bring. In all cases, you will be welcomed warmly and listened to with attentiveness and care. Early sessions often involve learning skills to soothe distress and strengthen you in your daily living. As you grow and learn, I will then work with you to explore (and change, if needed) your relationship with yourself, others, and life itself. 

I work psychodynamically, and draw on a range of modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Transactional Analysis (TA) in my work. I continue to explore new research, new ideas and new techniques to inform the way I practice. 


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Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Registered Psychotherapist
  • Member NZ Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
  • ACC Registered Counsellor for Sensitive Claims


  • Bachelor of Communication Studies (BCS)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Psychotherapy) (PgDipHSc)
  • Master of Psychotherapy (Hons)

Background and Experience

  • I hold a Master of Psychotherapy honours degree from AUT, where I was trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy. 
  • I spent two years working and learning at Higher Ground Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre, eventually holding a position as a Case Manager. I still perform locum work and co-facilitate groups there. 
  • I have attended additional training workshops in treating trauma and addiction and working cross-culturally. 
  • My dissertation research explored the experience of putting words to sibling suicide bereavement, and I continue to work towards advancing education and knowledge in this area.