Registered Psychotherapist Registered Occupational Therapist
ACC Accredited (Sensitive Claims)
Wonita’s background as an Occupational Therapist has given her 20 years of experience working in mental health, predominantly child and adolescent mental health, after initially beginning her career in Forensics. She has worked in New Zealand and spent 5 years working in the United Kingdom. She has obtained specialist knowledge and qualifications within complex mental health issues, trauma, autistic spectrum & other developmental disorders.
Transactional analysis (TA) underpins Wonita’s way of practicing and forming a therapeutic relationship.
Human and brain development contributes significantly to Wonita’s conceptual understanding in the beginning stages of her practice with clients. She is interested in looking at childhood experiences in relation to the different developmental stages and relating to others.
Wonita has additional knowledge, skills and training in PTSD/Trauma, abuse and violence, somatic or sensory processing/modulation, and suicide research and prevention.
Wonita is experienced and passionate about supervision, advocacy, trauma responses and recovery, as well as sexual violence prevention. She is currently completing her Masters in Health Sciences and remains at the forefront of emerging research when working with trauma.
Wonita is contracted to provide supervision to various care related organisations.
What is Psychotherapy?
Sexual Violence Trauma
Sexual assault is usually defined
as sexual activity between two or more people in which one of the people is coerced or threatened
Frequently Asked Questions:
As a therapist, especially working with trauma, I take great pride to ensure sessions are safe and not harmful or re-traumatising in any way. If you are concerned about this being an issue for you, please make sure you speak to your therapist about it. I find myself expressing to clients often that “you can’t push a river” meaning that there is a process that each individual journeys through and it cannot be sped up or slowed down. There is no sense of urgency in this work which can often be the challenge for some in that sense as it requires an element of trust.
- Occupational Therapy New Zealand – Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa (OTNZ-WNA)
- Psychotherapy Board of New Zealand (PBANZ); Registered Psychotherapist
- Aotearoa New Zealand Transactional Analysis Association (ANZTAA)
- ACC ISSC Accredited for Treatment and Assessment (Sensitive Claims)
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