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Marianna Ackerman

Marianna Ackerman 


Are you looking for a way to feel better, to resolve relationship issues, and to become stronger and happier? Psychotherapy can help.
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Contact Marianna

Note: my practice is full and I am not taking new clients.

Practice Locations

Berl House
Level 9
108 The Terrace
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Online counselling by Skype.

Transport and Parking

There is metered street parking on The Terrace, and very frequent, excellent bus service on Lambton Quay.


Tuesdays 9.30 am to 7 pm
Wednesdays 10 am to 6:30 pm
Thursdays 10 am to 6:30 pm
Fridays 11 am to 6:30 pm


$120 (GST incl) per 55-minute session
WINZ subsidies are available for people on benefits or low incomes. Ask me if you would like help with this. 

Payment Options

Cash or internet bank transfer.


English / Ingles
Español / Spanish

Client Types

Adolescents and adults.


Areas of Special Interest

Relationship difficulties, grief, depression, anxiety, stress and stress-related issues, assertiveness and confidence, anger, existential issues (meaninglessness), blocks to creativity.


Counselling/Therapy Services

I offer a collaborative, positive approach in which we compassionately explore any difficulties you're having. While there are no quick fixes, I can help you make sense of your difficulties and offer you effective tools for change. The very issues you struggle with will help identify the first steps you need to take in order to grow. This process can lead to increased self-awareness and confidence.

Psychotherapy can help cultivate a deeper, kinder relationship with yourself, and in turn with others. It can help you develop trust in what you feel and may nurture a sense of integrity and authenticity.

I provide a confidential, supportive environment that enables you to make changes in any problematic thoughts, feelings or behaviors you may be experiencing. In the emotionally safe environment of the therapeutic relationship you and I can reflect upon the causes of your distress and in this new context see things more clearly. I can help you discover and affirm what it is you really want from life and how you might feel comfortable achieving that. 


Counselling/Therapy Approach

​My work draws on different theoretical foundations, including relational transactional analysis, psychodynamic and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, weaving together an approach that is interpersonal and very accessible — even for those new to therapy. The work draws on memories and experiences from the past but the focus remains on how these experiences are relevant to the present.  


Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Registered Psychotherapist
  • Member New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
  • Member International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA)


  • Bachelor of Counselling
  • Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA)

Background and Experience

For 3 years I worked part-time as a counsellor at the Wellington Women’s Health Collective, and for one year as a counselor at Massey Student Health Services. I have worked, and am comfortable in a multi-cultural environment and I speak Spanish at a conversational level. Yo hablo español.

I have also completed a three year psychotherapy training with the Wellington Transactional Analysis Training Institute, Inc. 

In 2002 my son and I immigrated from San Francisco to New Zealand to live near family.