Maria Walker


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

I have over 25 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



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).


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

- $140 per hour session
- I have a small number of spaces for a reduced fee in circumstances of hardship, negotiated on an individual basis.

Q Location

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

Read My Articles

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Parenting, Self care, Stress

TADA! Magically transform those to do lists.

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Motherhood, Parenting, Self care

Mother’s Groups Help Us Bridge the Gaps between Expectations and Reality

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