Olivia Notter



I support people in connecting to their hearts, to feel and understand who they are. Sometimes life can be overwhelming, leaving us feeling scared, empty, angry or like an outsider. Whatever is going on for you right now, there is a way through it.


Areas of Special Interest

  • self-awareness and authenticity
  • life’s meaning
  • spirituality
  • effective communication
  • relationship difficulties
  • overcoming shame & guilt
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • managing anger & negative energy
  • healing trauma caused by sexual & physical assault


Counselling/Therapy Services

The first step is for us to meet, introduce ourselves and decide if we both would like to work with one another. We then establish what you would like to get out of therapy, and we design therapy that will work best for you.

Therapy is a journey we do together. The act of sharing your pain with someone else helps to release it and together we can work through the challenges in your life. As we work together you may find that feelings which were once scary will feel more comfortable and start to understand parts of yourself that were never understood before. When you take away your self-judgement and work through the pain of past hurts, you might be surprised at what you find.

Honouring each client’s truth, knowledge and ancestral line, I am committed to actively applying the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. Where possible I work together with the client’s community and welcome clients to bring in their whānau if they choose to. Kei te ako ahau i te reo Māori.

It is a privilege to be part of each person’s life I am involved with and I love to see the transformation that takes place in sessions.

I also facilitate equine supported therapy, see www.hearts.org.nz


Counselling/Therapy Approach

Drawing from a range of approaches, I work with what is best suited to the client. Fundamental to my approach is the belief that self-compassion brings change. This belief is inherent to the meditation which I practice and teach.

Together we develop an understanding of the client’s motivations, strengths and values. Additionally, we work through what is holding the client back from connecting to themselves and others authentically. If appropriate, visual meditations, working with nature, art or movement may be incorporated.

Much of the processes discussed above are achieved by giving the client an opportunity to share their story while listening without judgement and at the same time helping the client to see themselves in a new light.


About Me

I am a Kiwi with Swiss heritage. Before studying psychology I had a background in youth work, home care and worked/volunteered at orphanages, schools, hotels and hospitals, throughout Asia, Africa, Scandinavia and Europe.

For my PhD in psychology I designed and ran a program on building resilience. Following, I completed a master’s in clinical psychology which involved two years working with clients in different settings including an indigenous school, at a private psychiatric hospital and at the university clinic.

From 2016-17 I was working with children, adolescents and adults at a mental health foundation called Headspace in Warnambool, Australia. I came back to Aotearoa in 2018 and established a private practice in Ōtaki.



Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Psychologist
- Member of the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS)
- ACC Registered Counsellor for Sensitive Claims

Q Qualifications

- PhD in Psychology (Victoria University of Wellington, 2012)
- Master of Clinical Psychology (Queensland University of Technology, 2015)
- Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology (Victoria University of Wellington)

Q Appointments

- Monday- Thursday 9am - 5pm.
- No after hour appointments available.

Q Fees

- $130 including GST per one-hour session.

- If you have experienced sexual assault or abuse ACC may cover your therapy costs.

- If you have health insurance it may be possible to claim your therapy sessions.

- WINZ disability allowance provides a weekly payment for people who have ongoing costs, including therapy sessions, because of their physical or mental health.

Q Payment Options

Cash, internet banking, bank deposit.

Q Cancellations

48 notice of cancellations would be appreciated.