Steffi Richter

Psychotherapist - no spaces available

Maybe you are here because you are struggling with something in your life, feel stuck, or overwhelmed with difficulties. Maybe you simply want to understand yourself better or to connect more deeply with others and with life. Whatever reason brought you here, you will find a gentle and accepting space with a genuine interest in who you are. I welcome adults of all ages, cultures, backgrounds, spiritualities, and sexual and gender identities.

Issues and specialties

I have experience working with a variety of concerns including:

  • Depression
  • Loss and grief
  • Loneliness
  • Relationship issues
  • Meaning and purpose
  • Personal growth
  • Life transitions
  • Sexuality and intimacy
  • LGBTQI+
  • Abuse (psychological/emotional, sexual, physical)
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety and stress

From my work in hospice, I have years of experience in working closely with people experiencing loss and bereavement, people who live with life limiting diagnoses (including primary and metastatic cancers), and with people who are terminally ill.

I have a special interest in existential concerns, like meaning and purpose, impactful life events, spiritual issues, and philosophical questions.

How does psychotherapy work?

The idea that underlies psychotherapy is that much of our emotional and mental health has been shaped by our experiences throughout life, especially those from our early years when we were learning and developing the most. The impact of these experiences has formed many of the patterns of the mind. Once these patterns become unconscious, they can be difficult to change because it is hard to see and understand them. Psychotherapy offers you the opportunity to become more aware of such unconscious patterns. Awareness can then lead to deep and lasting change.

Until you call the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
— Carl Jung

A psychotherapeutic relationship is different to any other relationship. It offers a non-judgmental space with a trained and curious listener for the personal exploration of your unique patterns and beliefs. Since such purposeful exploration has the potential to transform one’s life, I believe that anyone who is curious about themselves can benefit from psychotherapy. Whenever I see such transformations happen for clients, it moves me deeply.

How would working together look like?

We would work together as partners to explore the different layers of your experience. This includes your immediate experience and the bigger context, for example your history, any impactful experiences you had, and your way of being in relationship (your attachment style). It is important that you feel safe in this exploration, and we would do it at a pace and depth that feels right to you.

Depending on your situation, we can work on a short-term or long-term basis. Longer-term psychotherapy allows for deeper and more comprehensive understanding and change. In shorter-term psychotherapy, we would focus more on one particular issue.

Starting your psychotherapy journey

I invite you to get in touch with any questions you may have or to make a time for a first session. We would then have a comprehensive conversation about what brings you to psychotherapy, and about what you need, and you can get a feel if you would be comfortable working together.

FAQs

Q Experience and Registration

- Training: Master of Psychotherapy at Auckland University of Technology
- Working with psychotherapy clients since 2017
- Registration: Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand
- Membership: New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists

Q Appointment availability

Fridays (full day) and Wednesdays (afternoon). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would currently meet online and can begin to meet in person once it feels safe enough to do so.

Q Fee

- $130 per session (50 minutes).
- WINZ assistance may be available.

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