James Ryan

Counsellor and Addictions Practitioner

I am a qualified counsellor, registered with DAPAANZ. I have a passion for working alongside those affected by addiction and other mental disorders.

I have 7 years of experience working in the addiction and mental health field. This experience has given me a broad range of skills.  I work with people suffering from addiction, depression and anxiety, grief and loss and I support personal growth. I see addiction/compulsive behaviour primarily as a maladaptive coping mechanism to trauma.

I practice from an eclectic and holistic perspective. I draw on modalities that best suit my clients’ needs. I primarily use person-centred therapy supported by skills in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy. I also draw on somatic theory, mindfulness and meditation and sensory modulation.

I am accepting of diversity and have worked with people of different cultural backgrounds and people in varying stages of life. I will listen without judgement.

I will support you to reach your goals around compulsive behaviours – whatever they may be. 


I can support you to:

  • Gain insight and change unhelpful and damaging life patterns.
  • Improve communication, set boundaries and have more fulfilling relationships.
  • Manage intense emotions.
  • Reduce the effects of trauma.
  • Live a more satisfying, fulfilling and pleasurable life.

I look forward to working with you.


(Currently only offering zoom sessions and outcalls.)


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Practitioner Member of the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa-New Zealand (DAPAANZ)

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor of Addiction and Counselling (WELTEC)
- Bachelor of Arts (Auckland)

Q Appointments

- Standard business hours/flexible weekday evenings.

Q Fees

- Sliding scale $90 - $125 depending on means.