Cian Kerrisk

Synthesis Therapy & Counselling


Professional, effective psychotherapy and counselling for adolescents, adults, and couples.


Areas of Special Interest

  • addiction
  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • depression
  • relationships
  • trauma
  • loss & grief
  • self esteem


Counselling/Therapy Approach

My therapeutic approach is a ‘Synthesis’ of Relational Psychodynamic, Humanistic, and Cognitive Behavioural modalities. ‘Synthesis’ also refers to the goal of integrating the parts of one’s Self into a well-functioning whole, bringing balance and meaning.


Background and Experience

  • More than 15 years experience in Psychotherapy, Counselling, Supervision, and Clinical Education.
  • Previously a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health and Addictions.
  • Currently a School Counsellor (High School)
  • Currently enrolled – Certificate in Supervision for Health & Social Service Professionals.


Supervision Services

I have a limited number of spaces available per fortnight for supervision of Counsellors, Therapists, Social Workers or Drug & Alcohol Practitioners (Qualified or in training). Either in-person at Titirangi or Online.

My supervision experience includes as a supervisor of Volunteer Phone Counsellors at Youthline (2004-2005), supervision of Social Work, Counsel ling, and AOD Practitioners on placement in an Alcohol & Drug Service (2010-2012), as a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health & Addictions supervising MIT Mental Health students on clinical placements (2012-2014), providing Specialist Consultations and Case Supervision for Social Workers as part of my role at Clinical Services Unit of Child Youth & Family/Oranga Tamariki (2014-2017), and providing supervision sessions (as a secondary supervisor) for Counselling Psychology students on placement in a school counselling department setting.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Member New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Member of New Zealand Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
- Member of the Counselling Psychology Institute of New Zealand

Q Qualifications

- Masters of Health Science (Hons)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health
- Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial (Psychotherapy) Studies
- Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Bachelor of Arts (Education)
- Graduate Certificate Higher Education
- Certificate Supervisory Management

Q Appointments

Initial Consultation (60 Minutes):

The first session will be more structured than usual, and I may ask questions about what brings you to therapy, what you feel is wrong in your life, any symptoms you are experiencing, and your personal history. The purpose of this session is to start building a picture of your past and present relationships, important life events, and repeating patterns, feelings or emotions that cause you distress. By clarifying these factors your Therapy will be more effective and can be tailored to your needs. We will also look at your strengths, support needs, and goals for therapy.

Regular Therapy Sessions (50 or 60 Minutes):
Individual psychotherapy or counselling sessions are 50 or 60 minutes and we will have an agreed contract at a regular time and place, usually on a weekly or fortnightly basis. The process involves us sitting in a room talking, which is why it is often called "talk therapy". For some clients with challenging mental health issues, complex trauma, or those undergoing a period of emotional crisis twice-weekly sessions (at a reduced rate) may be appropriate.

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Addictions, Types of therapy

A Review of Treatment Approaches for Alcohol and Drug Problems

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