Cian Kerrisk

Synthesis Therapy & Counselling

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

Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction (Drugs & Alcohol)
  • Mental Health issues
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Work or Study Stress & Burnout
  • Insomnia & Sleep issues
  • Depression & Low Mood
  • Relationships & Interpersonal Problems
  • Trauma & Recovery from Abuse
  • Loss & Grief, Coping with illness, Death & Dying
  • Self Esteem, Identity Development, Cultural (Migrants/Refugees)


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 to life.


Background and Experience

  • 20 years experience in Social Services, Psychotherapy, Counselling, Supervision, Youth Development, and Clinical Education/Training.
  • Particular expertise in Addictions and Trauma.
  • Previously a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health and Addictions.
  • Currently a School Counsellor (High School)


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 via Zoom.

My supervision experience includes as a supervisor of Volunteer Phone Counsellors at Youthline (2004-2005), supervision of Social Work, Counselling, and AOD Practitioners on placement in an Alcohol & Drug Service (2010-2012), 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 for Counselling Psychology (as a secondary supervisor) and Counselling students on placement in a school counselling department setting.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Full Member New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Full Member of New Zealand Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
- Full Member (Practitioner) Institute of Counselling Psychology (ICounsPsy)
- Member International Association Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & Allied Porofessions (IACAPAP)

Q Qualifications

- Masters of Health Science (1st Class Hons)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health
- Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial (Psychotherapy) Studies
- Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),
- Bachelor of Arts (Education/Anthropology/Psychology)
- Graduate Certificate Higher Education (Adult Teaching)
- Certificate in Supervisory Management
- Certificate in Supervision for Health & Social Services

Q Appointments

- Initial Consultation Appointment: $160 (60 minute session)
- Individual Therapy/Counselling: $160 (60 minute session)
- Clinical/Professional Supervision: $160 (60 Minute session)
- Twice weekly Depth Psychotherapy: $250 per week (2 x 50 minute sessions)
- Zoom/Skype or Phone Counselling: $160 (60 Minute session)
- Couple/Relationship/Family Therapy: $190 (60 minute Session)
- Couple/Relationship/Family Therapy: $225 (75 minute Session)

Read My Articles

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Addictions, Types of therapy

A Review of Treatment Approaches for Alcohol and Drug Problems

A multitude of therapeutic approaches have historically been applied to the treatment of people with alcohol or drug dependency. This […]

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