Lize Ligthelm

Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy


ACC Clients Not currently accepting new ACC clients


Welcome to my therapy practice in Grey Lynn, Auckland. Feel free to contact me should you have any questions about therapy or my approach. Making the decision to enter therapy is a brave step which has the potential to help you thrive.


My specific areas of interest and focus are:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • self-esteem difficulties
  • disordered eating
  • addiction
  • relationship difficulties
  • adjustment after a life challenge
  • personality disorders


Counselling/Therapy Services

Our backgrounds and life experiences – this may be anything from trauma, disappointments, loss, illness, situational stress – affect the way we perceive ourselves, our relationships and cope with our day to day lives. Through these experiences, we may become disconnected with our true sense of self and develop symptoms including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, addiction and relationship problems. At times, these symptoms may become stuck or become life patterns

In my work with clients, I offer a compassionate and non-judgemental space to come to an enhanced understanding of these experiences, symptoms, relationship with the self and others as well as the barriers that might be standing in the way of making changes. I feel passionate about working holistically towards facilitating an overall sense of well-being, improved connections with the self and others and helping you to develop healthier ways of coping when life throws its challenges.


Counselling/Therapy Approach

My overall therapy approach is psychodynamic/psychoanalytic in nature, but I incorporate cognitive behavioural and mindfulness-based techniques based on each client’s individual needs. I feel passionate about the Masterson Approach which focused on helping clients connect to their real selves. It is when we are connected to our real selves that creativity gets unlocked, intimacy and connection are possible and we ultimately start to thrive.

Please refer to my website for more information on my specific approach or feel free to get in touch to have a conversation about it.


Background and Experience

I obtained my masters degree in Clinical Psychology in South Africa where I worked as psychologist both in public and private settings. In the public setting I have experience of working with a variety of populations which included adults, adolescents and forensic populations and a variety of mental health difficulties. In private, I worked in the field of addiction, disordered eating and dual diagnoses at an inpatient holistic recovery centre. Since moving to New Zealand, I have continued my work with the forensic population in my work for the Department of Corrections.


Supervision Services

As a supervisor, I offer a safe, reflective space where clinicians can observe and curiously explore their practice and professional process.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Clinical Psychologist
- Member NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
- ACC Registered Counsellor

Q Qualifications

- Masters in Clinical Psychology
- Certificate in Masterson Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Australian Masterson Institute, 3-year programme)

Q Locations

574A Great North Road, Grey Lynn , Auckland
(Look for the white door with black trim next to Hana Sushi)

Online sessions available.

Transport and Parking
- The practice is on a main bus route.
- There is paid parking on Great North Road.
- There is free parking of up to 2 hours on the side streets in the area.

Q Languages

Fluent in English
Fluent in Afrikaans

Q Appointments

Mondays 9am - 8pm
Tuesdays 9am - 7pm
Wednesdays 9am - 8pm

Q Fees

- Individuals $200 inc GST (50 minutes)
- Supervision/Consulting - $200 inc GST (50 minutes)

Q Payment Options

Bank transfer.