Anne Ortlepp

Play Therapy & Psychotherapy


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I specialize in providing play therapy for children (4+) and psychodynamic talking therapy for adolescents and young adults.


Common issues that I can help with are:

  • grief, anxiety, sadness, depression, anger
  • school refusal, self-harm, sleeping problems, separation anxiety
  • difficult relationships with peers, parents, siblings and blended families


Play therapy for children and younger adolescents

Children find it hard to put into words what is distressing them. But, they can quite easily express their feelings and worries through play. When they come into my room children play freely with a range of toys and art materials, this may involve creating worlds with figurines in the sand tray, drawing or painting, playing with Lego or using costumes and props. In their own time and way they express their inner turmoil. I join them in their world and help them understand what is going on inside them. I also meet with the parents in separate sessions where we share our observations and thoughts. Together we can see their child’s behavior in a different light and parents can learn to support their child in new ways.


Creative and talk therapy for older adolescents and young adults

I also enjoy working with adolescents and young adults. Their bodies and minds are going through enormous changes at a time when they are facing big challenges and trying to find their own way in the world. They find it difficult to talk about these things to their parents. In sessions with me they can talk freely about whatever is on their mind, or use art and stories to express themselves. I’ll help them gently and playfully to understand themselves better and to attain a stable sense of identity.

I work from a psychodynamic perspective and help people to see the sources of their distress as well as the thoughts and feelings that keep them stuck.


About Me

I am a qualified drama and arts therapist from Germany with experience in working with children, adolescence and adults.

I have worked with adult clients in a psychiatric hospital in Germany, and with children and adolescents in primary and secondary schools and at university. I settled in Wellington with my Kiwi partner in September 2020 and have since worked as a child therapist for Skylight Trust and have moved into full time private practice in May 2021.

I am currently training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and working towards registration with the NZ Board of Psychotherapists.



Q Registrations and Memberships

- Professional Member of the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA)

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor of Drama and Arts Therapy (Germany)
- Graduate of the Hakomi Psychotherapy Training NZ

Q Appointments

I’m available to see clients Monday to Thursday.

Q Fees

Sessions with me are $120 and last 60 minutes.