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Bruce Costello

Phone:0274 514 149
Address:Hampden, North Otago

About Me and My Practice

In 1988, I began apprenticeship-style individualised training in psychodynamic psychotherapy with Mr. Harold Bernhardt, BA, MA, ANZPsS, MNZAP, Senior Psychologist at Ashburn Hall, and Senior Lecturer at the Otago School of Medicine. After completing this initial training, I entered private practice at the Albany Street Centre, where I remained until leaving Dunedin in November 2009. I now operate a part-time counselling practice in beautiful Hampden, North Otago, where my wife and I live in blissful semi-retirement. I am registered as a Family Court Counsellor.

Practice Hours


Duration and Cost

The standard fee is $80.00 per 50 minute session. However, eligible individuals my apply for funding assistance through WINZ or ACC, and all couples may apply for six sessions free with Family Court funding.

Accepted by Insurers

Accredited by ACC for both Sexual Abuse and Mental Injury through Physical Injury Counselling.

Formal Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (University of Canterbury)
The Ashburn Clinic Theory of Psychotherapy Seminars (The Ashburn Clinic)

Other Training or Experience

As well as assisting numerous individuals and couples to deal with their emotional issues, my professional activities over the years have included supervision, assessment, teaching, mentoring and group facilitation, and active participation in the affairs of the Otago branch of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.

Statutory Registrations

None listed

Memberships of Professional Organisations

Member: New Zealand Association of Counsellors

Additional Information

I have a specialised interest in assisting individuals AND their partners to deal with the emotional impact of major illness.