Catriona Cairns

Psychotherapist, Supervisor


NOT AVAILABLE I am currently full and not taking new clients.



I provide psychotherapy for people wanting to find a place and a relationship in which to safely explore the things that are troubling them, and to be able to find acceptance for themselves and others.


Areas of Special Interest

  • relationship problems with partners and/or family members
  • grief and loss
  • trauma
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • eating difficulties


The kinds of things that bring people to therapy are:

  • feeling bad about yourself
  • constantly feeling angry with someone in your life
  • troubling memories from the past which don’t seem to fade
  • feeling panicky or restless
  • not being able to stick at jobs or relationships
  • feeling as though you’re not good enough
  • being worried about asking for what you want from others


Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy which helps by becoming aware of patterns which may have protected you in the past, but are now holding you back. Together we explore the dynamics which appear in your relationships both with yourself and others, including the therapeutic relationship, as a way of untangling old patterns.


Background and Experience

I have been in private practice for the past six years, previously I worked in an eating disorders service for five years, and as a grief and loss counsellor at a hospice for eight years before that.


Supervision Services

I provide supervision for counsellors, psychotherapists and other health professionals wanting to reflect on their practice, and to receive support and guidance on workplace relationships.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Psychotherapist
- Member of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)

Q Qualifications

- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Massey University)
- Diploma in Psychotherapy (Gestalt Institute of NZ)
- Advanced Clinical Practice (NZAP)

Q Locations

Level 3
1 Thorndon Quay

My office is close to the railway station and bus terminus, and there is ample parking nearby.

Q Appointments

Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm

Q Fees

$120 per session

Q Payment Options

Online banking or Cash