Dr Rita Csako

SHM Therapy - Your relationship is worth it


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I am a skilled clinician with more than 20+ years’ experience in clinical counselling and therapy, specializing in sexual psychology. My therapeutic approach is unique as I combine a variety of theoretical approaches and use the one that suits your unique needs.

Areas of Special Interest

  • Relationship difficulties
  • Couple’s therapy
  • Sex & Intimacy therapy
  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Body image
  • Self-Esteem & Acceptance
  • Clinical Hypnosis

Counselling/Therapy Services

Sex and Intimacy therapy: improve your relationship, enhance intimacy, develop your self-awareness, boost your self-esteem, spice up your love life

Life transitions (marriage, pregnancy, midlife transition, divorce, career changes): supporting you to cope better with major life changes, envision your future and develop strategies to fulfil your dream

Self-Esteem & Self-Acceptance: find out who you are, your inner strengths, improve satisfaction with your body, explore what motivates you, develop strategies to become who you want to be

Stress management, Relaxation & Mindfulness: learn and practice effective ways of coping with stress, reduce daily stress using the power of your mind.

Clinical Hypnosis & Hypnotic Susceptibility Assessment: exciting and powerful way of addressing psychological issues, experience hypnosis in a safe environment by a skilled specialist, individual or small group options available.

Counselling/Therapy Approach

I am able to assist you in coping with everyday difficulties and life transitions, as well as more complex problems. My professional experience covers a wide range of applied psychology, I am trained and competent in a variety of therapeutic approaches, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Mindfulness
  • Clinical Hypnosis / Ericksonian Hypnotherapy
  • Conjoint Therapy

I am very enthusiastic about my work and my clients. My positive attitude and experience provide a positive atmosphere where you can feel safe and supported to make your learning or recovery journey enjoyable, while you acquire skills that will help you create a bright future.

Background and Experience

I am a skilled psychologist bringing over 20+ years’ experience in clinical counselling and therapy to my sessions. I hold a PhD in Psychology and am experienced working with individuals, couples, families and groups in both private and public settings (University of Debrecen, Ministry of Education NZ, Thrive Eating Disorder Services, AUT University, Totally Psyched).

My professional experience covers a wide range of applied psychology; I have competence in a variety of therapeutic approaches, my qualifications and experience assure you safe practice. Currently, I also work as a Senior Lecturer at AUT University and as the Clinical Leader of the Psychology Clinic at Akoranga Integrated Health (AUT).

Supervision Services

I have considerable experience in providing supervision for mental health professionals, including psychologists, counsellors or other health professionals, such as general practitioners, nurses. I am skilled in providing supervision for Intern Psychologists so can be a perfect fit for someone who just started their career.

Regular professional supervision provides opportunity for you to review your work or related issues with an independent, highly trained professional where you can explore your feelings around work, receive professional feedback and guidance, develop your professional skills, enhance your self-care strategies, improve work-life balance, discuss ethics and competence related issues, review your progress in the Continuing Competence program (CCP).


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Psychologist
- Member NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
- ACC Registered Psychologist for Sensitive Claims (ISSC)

Q Qualifications

- PhD (doctorate) in Psychology
- Master’s Degree in Psychology
- Master’s Degree in Teacher of Psychology
- Postgraduate Degree in Work and Organizational Psychology

Q What clients say about Rita

"Thank you for your words of wisdom and encouragement. In my worst times AND my best times, it is your voice I will hear in my head. Thanks for your perception & guidance in my mission.
With gratitude, Jane"

"Thank you very much for your guidance and help through my journey, I’m very appreciative of your support. Kindest regards, Frances"

"Thank you for never giving up on me! You believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. You helped me to keep going when I thought I'd never make it and you listened to me, not my illness. Chloe"

"Thank you for your encouragement, support and dedication you have given me, it has really meant a lot and it is greatly appreciated. Thank you, Nancy"

"I don't think I can ever thank you enough for what you've done for me. Thank you so so much for being by my side as I climbed mountains + fought dragons. You helped me to not only find my old self but to develop a new Zoe (who is way cooler, by the way!). Zoe"

"Thank you so much for all your support! Your sessions were so helpful and I’ve learned so much, Lilly"

Q Appointments

- Wednesday - Thursday 4:30 pm - 6pm
- Friday 9am - 5pm

Q Fees

- Follow up Session (60 min) - $235
- Initial Assessment (90 min) - $340
- Professional Supervision session (60 min) - $210
- payment can be made by EFTPOS and internet banking.