Henriette Politano

Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ) and Counsellor

BA (Hons, Univ. of Massachusetts), Dip. Counselling
MNZAP, MNZAC, MITAA, MNZTAA, M. USABP (US Association for Body Psychotherapy), Member Hakomi Australia

Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy Graduate

Certified Imago Relationship Therapist

Somatic Experiencing ® Practitioner

ACC Registered (Sensitive Claims)

I also work with clients in German and Italian and to a slightly more limited degree in French and Spanish.

I am a graduate of Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy www.hakomiinstitute.com and have just completed the Advanced Level training in Somatic Experiencing www.traumahealing.com

Adhering to the Codes of Ethics of NZAP and NZAC I work under professional supervision by a psychotherapist.

I am particularly interested in integrating all aspects of a client’s reality in our work – cognitive (mental), emotional, physiological, somatic and spiritual.

During my”first adult life” I pursued an industrial career and worked on directorial level. This involved visits to all the continents and many countries over a ten year period, building partnerships and mentoring associates.

During my “second adult life” I chose freedom and spent six years with my husband, living on a sailing yacht on the circumnavigation which ultimately brought me to New Zealand. During this time I learned to know and love Pacific Island cultures, values and ways of life.

Now, in my “third adult life”, I am as passionate about working with my clients as I have been about anything I have done previously. I am especially pleased to be able to bring insights and experience gained in my previous lives to my accreditation as counsellor and psychotherapist.

My approach to therapy is focused on creating a safe space for you to explore, share and understand thoughts and feelings and how these present themselves within your life. My focus is to work with clients to gain a clearer understanding of areas of frustration and dissatisfaction,  in order to help finding ways of dealing with these issues to promote a motivated and fulfilled life. I will approach our dialogue with respect, compassion, courage and honesty.  Each client is unique and this means I tailor every session towards where you are at and what it is you want from therapy.   We will work with a range of modalities:  Transactional Analysis (TA), Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy,  Mindfulness, Gestalt, Person-Centered, Inner Child and Narrative Therapy.

In my work with trauma I incorporate SE ® (Somatic Experiencing) and PSI  (PsychoSomatic Integration, developed by Judy Lighstone, http://www.psychotherapist.org.nz/PSIinstitute.htm#WhatisPSI ).  Trauma affects not only the psyche but also the nervous system and brain.

In my work with couples I am largely guided by Imago Relationship Therapy, http://www.imago.org.nz  and also make use of my familiarity with Tantra studied extensively in the UK and India.

Most importantly I value the relationship between myself and my clients. When searching for a therapist it is vital to follow your intuition to find a person that you feel able to relate to: someone who is genuinely open and interested in your world and your problems. Although the therapist’s experience and education is important, this is a person-to-person relationship. Both client and therapist need to be confident that they can engage with each other. I am committed to do this with integrity and my whole being.

I offer a warm, collaborative and relational approach intended to promote personal growth and self-understanding for individuals and couples of all cultures and religious and sexual orientations.   I strive to be a safe, empathic and available individual who can become a resource for people in their lives.  Eventually, my goal is for clients to reconnect with their own resources having strengthened their resiliency in our work together.  My intention is to create a healing environment for clients to explore and discover their own self-empowerment.