Maria Walker

Psychotherapist

 

Therapy is not about changing you, but rather enabling you to become fully who you are.

 

I have 20 years experience helping people explore and confront challenging situations, and find solutions to problems (both old and new) that seem overwhelming. I am adept at providing a safe, supportive and creative atmosphere that will enable you to develop a new capacity for coping, understanding, and changing what distresses you.​

 

Issues I am experienced with include:

  • relationship difficulties (personal or professional)
  • parenting
  • Pre-natal and Post–natal Distress in both men and women
  • transitions (relationship break up, work, redundancy, immigration, life stages)
  • loss of identity
  • grief, loss, bereavement
  • trauma (past or current)
  • stress and depression (including recovery from a breakdown)
  • crisis
  • couples therapy
  • sexual issues
  • adoption, sense of belonging

 

Experience

During the past 20 years I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist in a variety of settings including: private practice, Crisis Counselling in response to the Christchurch Earthquake, a Sexual Health Clinic, Lifeline phone counselling service, facilitated Living Without Violence Support Groups, and as the Group Facilitator with Mothers’ Network in Wellington (providing education and support for new mothers).

FAQs

Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Psychotherapist and hold a current Annual Practising Certificate (PBANZ)
- Member NZ Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)

Q Qualifications

- Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (Auckland University of Technology)
- Bachelor of Arts Degree (Otago University)

Q Appointments

- Monday to Friday 9am - 3pm.
- Some late afternoon appointments available by arrangement.

Q Fees

$130 per hour session

Q Location

- I work in a private, peaceful setting in Island Bay, Wellington. Easy, free street parking outside my office.
- Skype and phone therapy is also available.

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