Karlene Schwencke (Mamea)


I offer psychodynamic psychotherapy for adults and have worked in a variety of settings with a wide range of issues.


Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction
  • Grief
  • Relationship issues
  • Shame
  • Cultural displacement/identity
  • Anger
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression


Counselling/Therapy Services

Having someone with us while in distress can help us find a way through it. Psychotherapy can help forge awareness around patterns of our behaviour and the way we relate with others. I see my job as helping you to navigate whatever might be happening for you. This requires some sharing in terms of your experience, history and current circumstances. In turn, I offer a confidential, warm, kind, direct and open psychotherapeutic approach.


Counselling/Therapy Approach

My training is in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, although I have also trained in Narrative Therapy. I also utilise Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) techniques and skills.


Background and Experience

Since 2010 I have worked in a variety of settings in multiple therapeutic positions, including Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitations both in the community and in a Correctional Setting. 



Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Psychotherapist (Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand)

Q Qualifications

- Master of Psychotherapy
- Graduate Diploma in Health Science
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling
- Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Q Appointments

Available Wednesdays and Fridays - some evenings and weekends may be negotiable.

Q Fees

- Individuals for 50 min sessions are $140.
- A sliding scale depending on affordability can be discussed.
- payment can be made by Bank deposit