Craig Whisker, PhD

NZ Family Therapy Specialists

Family therapist – psychodramatist -supervisor -educator

Craig is a Pakeha man available to work online or in-person in Cambridge. He works with individual adults & couples, with children or adolescents in the context of their family, and offers psychodrama groups for adult personal development. He is also an accredited supervisor and is available to conduct training in working with families and groups.


Counselling & Therapy

Working with relationships of all kinds; couple, family & group psychotherapy.

Craig works with children and adolescents in the context of their ‘family’, and with individual adults, ‘couples’, and adult ‘families’. A ‘couple’ or ‘family’ is what you define it to be. You can include anyone who is significant to you.

There is no restriction on the subject matter people might bring to work on with Craig. His 30 years of therapeutic-work experience include child and adolescent mental health services, eating disorders, sexual offending, domestic violence, parental-marital separations, and ‘family’ or group therapy for each of the above.


Psychodrama Workshops

Workshops are being run under the Red Traffic Light setting for participants with a vaccine pass. Exclusive use of the ‘hospitality’ venues means participants don’t need to wear masks or maintain 1m distancing inside the workshop room. Compliance required with standard Covid-19 screening (no symptoms, no contact with anyone with symptoms, no overseas travel; all in last 2 weeks).

  • Summer Psychodrama ’22 (3-6 February), a residential workshop over 4 days at the Tauhara Retreat Centre, Taupo. Access brochure here.
  • Auckland Psychodrama Therapy Group (starts 22 February), a weekly group from 1.30-4.30pm on Tuesday afternoons for 8-week blocks throughout 2022. Access brochure here.



He conducts ‘family’ and group work training around New Zealand and overseas. Teams are welcome to request training workshops, such as, for working with complex families, or for a specific therapeutic group.


Therapeutic Approach

Craig’s work is highly influenced by the personal-life and relational experiences he has had and is having, as a child of the universe, an entangled teenager, a young adult seeking both independence and belonging, as a marriage partner, a father, a divorcee, a single parent, a brother of adult siblings, a son of parents now deceased, a cancer survivor, and a maturing and fallible human being.

Training in collaborative family therapy, psychodrama, and social constructionist-informed systems theory, standout as guiding Craig’s life and work. He believes something therapeutic can happen when there is a good meeting between people in the presence of sensitivity to diversity, cultures, identities, hopes, pasts and futures.


Background and Experience

From 1989-2005 Craig worked in a variety of roles, including: family therapist in child & adolescent mental health services; group worker & progress review facilitator in a sex offenders’ rehabilitation programme; eating disorders psychotherapy group leader; Lifeline telephone counsellor; violence-prevention group worker; community house volunteer; coordinator for a fathers’-whose-children-have-been-sexually-abused group; & psychodrama auxiliary in a residential drug & alcohol treatment programme.

Since 2005, he has been in private practice as a family therapy educator, supervisor, & practitioner: as a psychodramatist; & in providing consultation services to mental health, addictions, counselling, & other social services.


Supervision Services

Craig is an accredited supervisor offering supervision to counsellors, therapists, social workers, strengthening-family coordinators, community workers, youth workers, addictions workers, team leaders, and fellow supervisors.

Craig see’s supervision as being about collaborative reflection. Supervisees are invited to present their work with their clients ‘as it actually happened’. Thus, live viewing of a supervisees work, video- or audio-recordings, and letters or reports written by the supervisee to their clients, are encouraged. Clients’ experiences are invited too. This may be in the form of their invited emails, letters, audio, or the inclusion of a client in a supervisionary process, such as, a debriefing session, a final session, or exploring a stuck situation. The emphasis here is on accountability to those we work with for what we do in our work.

The main ingredient in such supervision is the supervisee’s capacity for self-reflection. This extends to taking responsibility to reflect on the supervisee’s relationship with: dominant societal ideas & practices; family & intimate relationships, both past & present; the client-therapist relationship; gender issues; and sexual thoughts & strong feelings. Supervision seeks to encourage a balance between connection and detachment in the supervisee’s therapeutic relationships. In these regards, I draw inspiration from Johnella Bird’s approaches to Super Vision.



Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ)
- Clinical Member and Accredited Supervisor Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT)
- Certified Psychodramatist and Educator by the Australian and Aotearoa NZ Psychodrama Association (AANZPA)
- Member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW)

Q Qualifications

- PhD, The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University, Melbourne 2021
- Master of Arts (Applied) in Social Work 1993

Q Appointments

By arrangement – daytime & evenings.

Q Fees

My fees are scaled according to your gross income, or for couples & families it is combined gross income. Fees are per hour and include GST.

Income under $50,000:
- Individuals $120
- Couples/Families $130
- Supervision $120
- Letters/Reports $60

Income $50,000-$100,000:
- Individuals $150
- Couples/Families $160
- Supervision $150
- Letters/Reports $80

Income $100,000-$150,000:
- Individuals $180
- Couples/Families $970
- Supervision $180
- Letters/Reports $100

Income over $150,000:
- Individuals $210
- Couples/Families $220
- Supervision $210
- ​​​​​​​Letters/Reports $120

Q Payment Options

Cash or Internet Banking