Kirstyn Mitchell

The Counsellors Psychological Services


The world can only change from within.
– Eckhart Tolle


Through Individual Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Gottman Method Couples’ Therapy or Coaching, we can assist anyone who is struggling with an issue or problem in their personal or professional life, a difficult family history, or any manner of relationship concerns.


We can help when you or someone you care about is:

  • Needing to find answers
  • Has experienced a trauma
  • Are self-harming with or without food, alcohol, drugs or other damaging behaviours, such as cutting.
  • Are seeking a better life
  • Want to reach their potential
  • Have lost someone or something that was important
  • Feel lost or misunderstood
  • Are finding a significant relationship could be improved
  • Dealing with the aftermath of an affair
  • Has a child whom is experiencing difficulties at school or at home
  • Feel anxious, overwhelmed, depressed, or stressed
  • Have a diagnosed or suspected mental health condition and want to understand what this means and what you can do about it


ACC Counselling

We provide help for new and existing ACC sensitive claims (ISSC: Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims) in Mt Albert, Auckland. Any adult or child who experiences or has experienced sexual violence in New Zealand, and in some cases NZ residents who experienced sexual violence overseas, is eligible for ACC counselling. You DO NOT have to report the event to the Police to get counselling from ACC for sexual violence.

Everybody has a different response to the abuse they suffered. For example, you might be depressed, anxious, have sexual problems, not be able to trust people, abuse drugs or alcohol, have nightmares or flashbacks, have relationship problems or just feel unsafe. Feel free to reach out to Kirstyn and she will explain the ACC Claim process to you. You can start your therapy straight away, choose how long you want counselling for, and further you can also take a break and come back to counselling at any time … read more


DBT Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a form of therapy that was originally developed to treat people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). DBT combines standard cognitive behavioural techniques for emotional regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness largely derived from Buddhist meditative practice. Research has shown that DBT is also effective in treating patients who present varied symptoms and behaviors associated with mood disorders, including self-depression anxiety and self harming injury … read more


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a psychological intervention that provides swift relief from emotional distress attached to memories. It removes symptoms that may have been lifelong, in a far shorter time than many other interventions. It allows the brain to process the disturbing memory so that it is no longer stuck, releasing you to continue with your life unimpeded by terrible feelings that goes with the memory. It is helpful for memories and feelings associated with major trauma or less significant memories, which nevertheless have had a lasting impact … read more


Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Gottman Method Couples Therapy combines the knowledge and wisdom of more than three decades of research and clinical practice. Through interventions and exercises, it helps couples break through barriers to achieve greater understanding, connection and intimacy in their relationships. It is a structured, goal-oriented, scientifically-based therapy which helps couples to:increase respect, affection, and closeness; break through and resolve conflict when they feel stuck; generate greater understanding between partners; and, keep conflict discussions calm … read more

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a form of talking therapy that focuses on how you think about the things going on in your life – your thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes (your cognitive processes) – and how this impacts on the way you behave and deal with emotional problems. It then looks at how you can change any negative patterns of thinking or behaviour that may be causing you difficulties. In turn, this can change the way you feel. CBT tends to be short, taking six weeks to six months. Together with the therapist you will explore what your problems are and develop a plan for tackling them. You will learn a set of principles and coping skills that you can apply whenever you need to … read more

Schema Therapy

Schema Therapy is an integrative approach to treatment that combines the best aspects of cognitive-behavioral, experiential, interpersonal and psychoanalytic therapies into one unified model. Schema-Focused Therapy has shown remarkable results in helping people to change negative (“maladaptive”) patterns which they have lived with for a long time, even when other methods and efforts they have tried before have been largely unsuccessful … read more


Mindfulness is a modern reworking of ancient meditation traditions, principally Buddhist. It is designed to help you deal with day to day difficulties by putting you in control of your own mind. In difficult situations we may experience every strong emotions that may incapacitate us by overwhelming us or lasting a very long time. The aim of mindfulness therapy is to help you learn to be aware of your thoughts and bodily sensations and in so doing be able to better cope with day to day emotions and problems … read more


Executive Coaching is a process through which executives are helped to improve their performance and personal effectiveness while reducing stress. Our program offers the rare opportunity to stand back and to take a fresh look at the experiences and assumptions of a lifetime … read more

Life Coaching for when we reach a point in our lives when we find ourselves at a crossroad and have no idea which path to take. Life Coaching is action-oriented and the action is always determined by the individual’s values, or what is most in his or her life … read more

About Kirstyn

In 2001 I was awarded a Masters of Educational psychology (Honours), at which time I was also employed by the Taylor centre (a community mental health centre run by Auckland District Health Board New Zealand). Since then I have undertaken further post graduate study and completed the post graduate diploma in CBT with Distinction, Gottman Method Couples’ Therapy Level I,II and III, and a Certificate in DBT . My clinical practice is such that I can evaluate and treat clients within these frameworks (CBT, Gottman & DBT). I am able to work with adolescents, adults, and couples.

While employed at the Taylor centre my primary focus was on the early intervention of first episode psychosis, where often I worked with complex and co morbid diagnoses. Not only did I provide intensive intervention for young clients with first episode psychosis and their families, but I also provided CBT sessions for clients with both axis one and two diagnoses.

I am experienced in treating depression, anxiety, anger and stress management issues, addictions, phobia. I often run group therapy sessions for depression, anxiety, eating disorders and addiction (alcohol, drugs, gambling and sex).

I left NZ in 2004 and lived and worked in the Asia Pacific region as an expatriate until my return to NZ in March 2015. Over this time, I expanded my skill set to meet the needs of my clients. I have extensive experience working with personality disorders, infidelity, communication problems between partners, and intimacy issues. I have a deep understanding of the many issues and difficulties surrounding the relocation of a family internationally.



Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Psychologist

Q Qualifications

- Masters of Educational Psychology (Honours)
- Graduate Diploma in CBT (Distinction)

Q Testimonials

"I have always known I would email you when I could tell you I was in a much better place in my life. Well I think I'm nearly there! So, I just wanted to thank you, as without your support, at my very worst times, I would not have gotten to where I am today. I will always be grateful that I was lucky enough to have found you as my counsellor for that year, and will not forget your brilliant guidance and advice. The Polar bear still comes in useful!"

"It's my birthday today so am reflecting a tad more than usual on the time gone by – and am feeling particularly proud of myself (if I could be so blatantly honest LOL). So I felt I had to send you yet another BIG thank you note for all the work you did with me. I have continued working off that strong foundation we built together and have been pushing myself a little everyday, and intend to do so for years to come. (I) am attracting the right people and building some strong long lasting relationships, and am getting immense satisfaction from it all. No intention of falling into past bad habits, and am trying to work through my current ones – which are pretty manageable. It's not all perfect, but its all so OK. I do go back to our sessions to get me through some hard times – and just thought that you should know this and that all is well at my end. Hope things are well with you too."

Q Fees

Fees are listed in the Schedule below. Fees start from your appointment time. If the client wishes to extend the session, assuming it is possible to do so, the rate will be pro-rated. All fees are inclusive of GST.

- Standard session 50 minutes $230
- Standard session 90 minutes $345
- Gottman Couples Assessment Session 90 minutes $320
- Emergency out of hours session at The Counsellors 50 minutes $400
- Emergency out of hours services offsite 50 minutes $450
- Skype Sessions 50 minutes $230
- Skype session 90 minutes $345
- Report Writing $230 per hour (min charge 1 hr)

Q Payment Methods

We accept payment in the form of Cash or Bank Transfer at the end of each session. Packages may be arranged at the first appointment.

Q Cancellations

Please provide a minimum of 24 hours notice if you cannot attend your appointment. Failure to do may result in being charged for the session.