David Dawn

Counselling Psychologist


When stress and problems in living affect your health and wellbeing, I offer the space and opportunity to expand your understanding of these problems and move forward with making positive change.


Areas of Special Interest

  • navigating life changes
  • grief
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • trauma
  • problematic sexual behaviours
  • self-esteem
  • confidence
  • bullying
  • relationships and communication
  • Supervision for psychologists


Counselling/Therapy Services

Often times the problems and challenges we encounter through life can leave us feeling stuck and with limited options. By engaging in therapy we can aim to identify and focus on your values and what motivates you; to find purpose and meaning, and develop the insight and skills to better manage the obstacles getting in the way of life.

My approach is to offer support that is flexible and adaptable to your needs, with a focus to engage in committed action in order to bring about meaningful change, or to take the time to broaden your understanding into how past patterns of behaviour may continue to influence current experiences. Whether we work short or long-term, you will be listened to empathically and supported in developing an understanding as to what is happening for you, and empowered in making the choices that align with your vision of health and wellbeing.


Counselling/Therapy Approach

I work primarily from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy model, with additional skills in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, as well as the incorporation of Te Ao Maori approaches to health and wellbeing.

I will adapt my approach to deliver the therapeutic approaches that best suit your needs, depending on your preferences and concerns you would like to address.


Background and Experience

I am experienced working with adults and adolescents from a range of different cultural affiliations, presenting with a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma-related difficulties, substance-use concerns, and problematic-sexualised behaviours. I also have experience working with everyday life problems, such as worry, relationship difficulties, stress management, managing emotions, developing identity, difficult life choices, and improving self-esteem.


Supervision Services

For those seeking Clinical Supervision, I can provide a collaborative and supportive approach to assist in developing your professional practice and clinical skills. My aim in supervision is to help you reflect on your practice in a way that builds your confidence and enhances your skill and knowledge in working with clients.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Counselling Psychologist
- Member NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)

Q Qualifications

- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology
- Master of Health Science in Psychology

Q Appointments

Primarily available via online sessions on Thursdays, with some capacity for Wednesdays, and evenings during the Mon-Fri working week.

Q Fees & Payment

- Individual sessions are $140 per hour.
- Couples sessions are $160 per hour
- Supervision fees negotiable
- payment can be made by Bank transfer