Wonita Woolhouse

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?

Psychotherapy frequently works with a client’s unconscious processes and the possibility that the client may have unconscious and/or unexpressed developmental experiences which can be the basis for fixated relational patterns.

Transactional Analysis

Transactional Analysis (TA) is an integrative approach, drawing on a variety of psychological theories and is grounded in the therapeutic relationship.

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
with harm.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Hopefully there is a lot that can be gained from reading the therapist’s website and if there is not the required information on the website, do not hesitate in dropping an email to ask. Generally, most clients will know from the first or second session, if their therapist is right for them. And if it doesn’t feel like the right ‘fit’ for you, then please know that this is of great importance for any therapy to work and you are encouraged to go on to find another therapist.
Depending on the issue that has brought you to seek therapy in the first instance, will often determine the ‘amount’ of therapy required. Generally speaking, it is at a minimum of weekly sessions to start with. Clients with trauma histories may need weekly, long-term intervention over a few years.
Therapy can be likened to a roller-coaster ride wearing a blind-fold…..! There will be the ups and the downs and rightfully so as often the content of what is being brought to the session is not always the good stuff. The process can feel very slow at times and tolerating all that one experiences in these sessions is sometimes the work required. It is not always the obvious content that is brought to sessions that needs worked on – and this can take time to figure out and trust.
The first therapy session will feel unlike other sessions as it’s a time for both myself and the client to get to know one another. This session is about ensuring that I will be the right ‘fit’ for you and it’s a time that I welcome any questions or worries you might have about beginning the process. I will gather general information about you and why you have sought therapy. If it is ACC related, we will complete an engagement form to submit to ACC so even if you do not continue the work with me, you are in the system and your therapy is funded by ACC for you to see any ACC accredited therapist. We might discuss what has or hasn’t worked for you in the past and what you are hoping to achieve by accessing therapy. The entire process is a two-way street with no set rules or agenda for how or what you bring to therapy. You are seen as capable and competent and the expert on everything to do with you. Therapy sessions from here will involve various therapeutic techniques, observations, exploration and some education so as you can figure out what it is that you need. And if you still don’t know, then we will work it out together – you are not alone in your process.
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.
That’s fine – cancellations happen and so do holidays and other commitments. You are encouraged to be as transparent as possible and give notice for those times that you are unable to make it to your session. You are asked to give at least 24hours notice otherwise you may be charged for the missed appointment. Your therapist may not be available either on occasions and this again will be discussed with you in person, giving you plenty of notice to plan and prepare.
Typically, texting or email is absolutely fine unless it requires a discussion. Please note that any communication is only going to be responded to during the working hours of your therapist. For any urgent psychiatric care or safety risk, please telephone Crisis Resolution on 03-364 0482.
No. We can discuss medication if or when appropriate however for this to be prescribed, you would need to see your G.P or Psychiatrist.
All session content is highly confidential unless the client has consented to the therapist liaising with their G.P for example or others involved in their care. The only other occasion when confidentiality can be broken is when there is serious concern for harm towards themselves or others.



Certified Transactional Analyst in Psychotherapy
NZ Registered Psychotherapist
NZ Registered Occupational Therapist
ACC Accredited
Wonita has registration and membership of the following Professional Bodies and Organisations:
  • 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)

NZBN: 9429048163262

GST. Registered.

Wonita works in a way that is respectful, transparent and honest, offering the confidential space to “chat” about your experiences and emotions that have shaped how and who you are in the world today.

She understands that making the initial contact and reaching out for help from a therapist can be very frightening as well as it possibly being the first step on a very rewarding journey.



021 0282 7104

All phone and email enquiries are confidential. If you leave a message, you will be contacted within 48hrs.


Additional Support

Suicide Crisis Helpline

Open: 24 / 7
Phone:0508 828 865


Phone:0800 543 354

Depression Helpline

Phone:0800 111 757


Phone:0800 688 5463
(This provides confidential telephone support for sexuality or gender identity issues)

The Lowdown

free text 5626
email team@thelowdown.co.nz
(e-mails and text messages will be responded to between 12 noon and 12 midnight)

Safe to Talk

Call: 0800 044 33
Text: 4334
Email: support@safetotalk.nz


Whether you struggle with your persistent low mood, anxiety, school or work pressures, or you’ve experienced trauma, loss or grief – working with a qualified therapist who will journey alongside you, may be just what you need. It is never a sign of weakness to seek support.