Crispin Balfour

Auckland Psychotherapy


PSYCHOTHERAPY GROUP - SPACES AVAILABLE I have space available for new members to join my psychotherapy group, please contact me for details. However please note I am not taking on new patients for individual treatment at the moment.


I am an experienced Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ) and member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP) with a Certificate of Advanced Clinical Practice. I work in general practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist based in Point Chevalier, Auckland, New Zealand.


Areas of Special Interest

I work with you as a person, whatever your diagnosis or difficulties. My practice is grounded in psychoanalysis, as “still the most coherent and intellectually satisfying view of the mind.” (Eric Kandel, Neuroscientist and Nobel Prize winner 2000).


Counselling/Therapy Services

Most often you will come to see me because you are struggling with some aspect of your life: This might be depression or loss, recovery from trauma or breakdown, mental illness, or difficulties with relationships. However you don’t need to be struggling for us to work together – you may simply want a greater sense of aliveness, to understand yourself better, to feel more ‘human’. Sometimes the reasons you gave yourself for beginning psychotherapy turn out not to be so important.

In individual psychotherapy I lend an ‘imagining ear’ listening carefully to what you have to say and also listening ‘between the lines’, as it were, for what remains unspoken. We engage in a ‘healing conversation’: Not just an intellectual enterprise, but a process of ‘emotional transformation’.

Conjoint or couple psychotherapy offers us an opportunity to work through your individual difficulties in the context of your relationship. The aim is for you to become freer to live more fulfilling lives together and apart.

Group psychotherapy allows you to see the world and yourself through other people’s eyes and creates an environment where you can experiment with ways of being in the world … find out more

I also offer assessment and supervision.


Counselling/Therapy Approach

As the rhythm of our meeting develops over time, your psychotherapy becomes something you can ‘lean into’, something outside your everyday life that nevertheless takes its place in your inner world as a resource to draw upon. We make use of your remarkably human ability to have one thing stand for another: Our relationship, your process, and my consulting room all have their part to play.

In individual and conjoint psychotherapy we generally meet once or twice a week, but sometimes it may be helpful to meet more or less often. My task is to be a good student of you, your life and your relationships, approaching you with an open mind.

Currently I conduct one psychotherapy group and we meet on a Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30.


Background and Experience

I have a background as a registered architect, professional actor, accountant and inventor. In 1995 I began practicing, and training in, psychotherapy initially with the Institute of Psychosynthesis – where I taught groups for ten years.

In 2001 I discovered a passion for psychoanalytic theory and practice. Since then I have studied psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy extensively: I have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2003) and a Masters in Psychoanalytic Studies at Deakin University (2011). I have also pursued my own personal analyses which have been central to my training.

I have completed an Introductory Course in Group Analysis (2006) and have conducted psychotherapy groups since 2007.


Supervision Services

Following training as a psychotherapist I engaged further training as a supervisor (2005).

My supervision practice is psychoanalytically oriented; this means my interest is in unconscious processes and how they are enacted in and by individuals and organisations, in everyday life and practice.

I offer supervision to therapists, counsellors, artists, managers and teachers. Psychoanalytically informed supervision addresses the unconscious and its manifestations in our practice; it is a collaborative process of uncovering, and understanding how to work with, the hidden forces at work in our professional lives.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ)
- Member New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)

Q Qualifications

- Certificate of Advanced Clinical Practice (NZAP)
- Master of Psychoanalytic Studies
- Postgraduate Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
- Introductory Course Group Analysis
- Diploma of Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy
- Certificate in Clinical Supervision

Q Appointments

- Monday 9:30 am to 8:30 pm
- Tuesday 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
- Tuesday Group 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
- Wednesday 8:00 am to 8:30 pm
- Thursday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
- Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Q Fees

Unless negotiated otherwise:
• One-off consultation $185.00
• Once a week: $175.00 per appointment
• Twice a week: $135/appointment or $270/week
• Three times a week: $115/appointment or $330/week
• Four times a week: $100/appointment or $400/week
• Five times a week: $90/appointment or $450/week

Group $160/month

Q Payment Options

Cash, Cheque, Online, or Paypal.

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