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Sophie Toutain

Sophie Toutain

Counsellor & Psychotherapist

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My aim is to support you on your journey to empowerment, response-ability, choice-fullness and engaging with life harmoniously. Self-awareness and paying attention to what is happening in the here-and-now are the starting point of the therapeutic process.
Sophie Toutain psychotherapist and counsellor central christchurch

Contact Details

M. 021 104 5853
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Practice Locations

232 Fitzgerald Avenue
Christchurch Central
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Transport and Parking

Free parking available in the street and on-site.

Appointments

Available Tuesdays and Thursdays during the day and early evening.

Languages

I am able to provide psychotherapy in both English / Anglais and French / Français.

Fees

Sliding scale $90 - $120 to be negotiated when we first meet.
 

Payment Options

On-line banking, cash or cheque.
 


Client Types

Adults, couples.

 

Areas of Special Interest

I work with adult individuals and couples of all age and culture. I specialise in the following areas: trauma, abuse, relationships, loss and grief, anxiety and depression.

 

Counselling/Therapy Services

My role is to support your growth through self-awareness and paying attention to what is happening in the moment. It is a gentle process: it takes time to connect with all the aspects of ourselves. I am respectful of your pace and your need for emotional safety. 

I am curious about what’s going on inside of you, what thoughts and emotions arise, what your bodily experience is in the moment, how much of yourself you bring forward and how much you hide or rein in. I am interested in how you find nurture and care in your environment or how you adjust to the lack of it. Who you choose to share time with, how you allow closeness or keep others at a safe distance, how you bring your differences into relationships and what your dance with an intimate other looks like - these are precious pieces of information we may discover in the process of therapy. 

As a Gestalt therapist, I pay attention to body process. Our body is the vessel of our lived experience on earth. In our modern world, we too often want to be in control, so we let the mind override what our senses are saying. We can become disconnected from our body’s wisdom.

 

Counselling/Therapy Approach

Gestalt Therapy is about self-awareness, knowing who I am in the here-and-now, what I feel and how I respond to life’s challenges. I believe that, with the right support, each one of us has the wisdom and the resources to heal and live a more fulfilling existence. By slowing down, attending to body process, using the therapeutic alliance as a safe space, where we can experiment with new ways of being, we can tap into our creativity, be playful, take risks and reconnect with our true self. Gestalt therapy is a holistic modality exploring body, mind and spirit. It is both gentle and challenging. Gestalt focuses on ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’: the therapist’s aim is NOT to change you, but to support the gracious unfolding of who you truly are.

  

Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Registered Psychotherapist
  • Member of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
  • Member of Gestalt Australia & New Zealand (GANZ)
 

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Abnormal Psychology
  • Certificate in Community Support Services
  • Bachelor of Arts (English and Russian)
  • Diploma in Te Reo Maori
  • Diploma in International Commerce
 

Background and Experience

I came to Gestalt Therapy through my own need to heal and my hope to experience a brighter and easier life. Therapy has allowed me to understand how, at a very young age, when we are extremely vulnerable and dependent on others, we develop ways of responding to life’s challenges and how these responses turn into patterns over time. These patterns leave us feeling isolated, not ‘good enough’ and shamed. Only with full awareness, of what we do, can we start realising that we are limiting ourselves to what we know, and later on, risk exploring different options. 

I have been working in community agencies for the last 9 years. I have a private practice in Central Christchurch.