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Janine Joyce

Phone:021 234 6550
Address:29 Cargill Street
Professional, centrally located, confidential rooms.
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About Me and My Practice

When I became a mother myself, I developed an interest in attachment theory as I negotiated the joys and challenges of a very premature infant. In this process, I began a journey of self-healing involving complementary therapies. I became fascinated by the ability of body therapies to go where there were no words. Over time I began to wonder how this would help traumatised children and adults heal.

In my practice I offer an integration of mainstream and complementary therapies. Initially, I work with you to make sense of the difficulties, whether they would be from an emotional, mental, spiritual, or physical level of health, or from a complex interaction of them all. Together we identify your strengths as well as any barriers to change. From here we look for the most appropriate method for creating improvement of your health. This usually differs from one person to the next. For some people it may be counselling, for some a quiet reflective space, for others it may be inner management of thoughts, for others it may involve the development of calming strategies, and still for others, direct body work. I delight in watching people of all ages regain their enthusiasm for life.

I am approved by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) for sensitive claims therapy.

Practice Hours

Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8am-1pm
By appointment only
Accepting new EAP and supervision clients

Duration and Cost

Typical time per consultation: 50-60 minutes
$ 92.00 incl. GST

Accepted by Insurers

ACC approved (sensitive claims counselling)
Private health insurance may cover body work sessions
Employee Assistance contract with Instep, SEED, and Stratos
WINZ- disability allowance

Formal Qualifications

Bachelor of Social Work (Massey University)
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (University of Otago)
Master of Health Sciences (University of Otago)

Other Training or Experience

Other Training:

Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help Instructor (Jin Shin Jyutsu Inc., Scottsdale, Arizona, USA).
The simple techniques from this gentle art have been useful for those managing anxiety, retraining the body-mind to recognise emotion (worry, fear, anger, sadness, and pretense), creating an awareness such that your body's subtle innate wisdom can be accessed, and as first-aid.

Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner (Jin Shin Jyutsu Inc., Scottsdale, Arizona, USA).
Sessions occur lying down fully clothed. The pulses in your wrists are felt and from this information a range of acupressure areas on the body are held in sequence.

Reiki Teacher (from Leonie Spencer, Reiki Master-Teacher, Dunedin)
Small classes held for those that wish to serve their community in this way and develop their own skills in harmonising the body's energy.

First Aid Certificate (Red Cross, Dunedin)

Emotional Freedom Technique: Introduced by Michelle Hardwick (Hypnotherapist and EFT trainer, who peer-supervised me for 12 months).
I have used this technique for the last 10 years to help with weight problems, barriers to change, anxiety and terror states, and grief.


ACC-approved Counsellor: I have been working in this area for over 15 years. Treatment plans for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, adjustment disorders.

Employment Assistance Programme: Assisting with work-based stress, bullying, general issues facing staff.

Clinical Supervision: I provide supervision for a range of professionals working in the areas of child protection, child and adult health, mental health, and pastoral care.

Court Report writer on parent-child attachment and risk assessment, parenting capacity reports for Child Youth and Family Service (CYFS) Invercargill and Dunedin.

Massey Master's of Applied Social work placement visitor.

Guest tutor: Supervision, Child Protection studies, Hamilton.

Consultation Skills tutor in Psychological Medicine Dept, University of Otago.

Diagnostic assessment interviews for statutory child protection agencies.

Woman's Wellness Programme: Part of initial research group. Facilitating group process, teaching and preparing materials related to calming (self-hypnosis scripts, progressive muscle relaxation, visualisation, emotional freedom technique, Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help, abdominal breathing).

To assure the high quality of my practice, I have regular supervision. I also receive specialized supervision from a Maori consultant on Maori perspectives.

Reiki & Jin Shin Jyutsu Sessions: Over 13 years experience in providing body work sessions. People have chosen this type of approach for managing anxiety, pain, digestive difficulties, low vitality, grief, trauma, self-development, difficult pregnancy, and developing an awareness of a spiritual self.

Reiki Research as Master's thesis (physiological & psychological effects).

CD materials: Guided Abdominal Breathing CD and three guided Visualisation relaxation CDs. Available: Invercargill, Dunedin and Christchurch Public Libraries. Original harp music by Anameika Harmony. Voice/script Janine Joyce. Cost: $30 per CD

Regular attendance and presentation at Conferences.

Speakers tour for the international adoption agency ICANZ. Topics included: child and parental attachment patterns, difficult behaviours, and how to interpret behaviours and assumptions in relationships according to these patterns. Interactive exploration on how to adjust our parenting in response.

Statutory Registrations

None listed

Memberships of Professional Organisations

Member: Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers
Affiliate: New Zealand Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists
Member: New Zealand Association of Jin Shin Jyutsu
Member: Reiki New Zealand
Member: New Zealand Charter of Health Practitioners

Additional Information

Sahj Marg Raja Yoga: 7 years meditation training

Board member of the Integrative Health Trust Otago (IHTO) since 2007

Board member of Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Association since 2010


Joyce, J., Herbison, P. Reiki Treatment for Psychological Symptoms (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD006833. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.

Hawley G, Horwath C, Gray A, Bradshaw A, Katzer L, Joyce J, O'Brien S.(2008). Sustainability of health and lifestyle improvements following a non-dieting randomised trial in overweight women. Preventive Medicine 47 (6): 593-599

Katzer L, Bradshaw AJ, Horwath CC, Gray AR, O'Brien S, Joyce J, 2008. Evaluation of a 'non-dieting', stress reduction program for overweight women: a randomized trial. Am J Health Promot 22(4): 264-274

Horwath, CC., Joyce, J., O’Brien, S. A 'non-dieting', 'mind-body' approach to weight management. Nutrition Society of New Zealand, Dunedin 6-6 Nov, 2003, (article in press, 2004)

Bradshaw, A, Katzer, L., Horwath, C., Gray, A., O'Brien, S., Joyce,J., Jabs, J. (2004). A randomised trial of three non-dieting programs for overweight women. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical nutrition.13(suppl): S43

Katzer, L., Horwath, CC., O’Brien, S., Joyce, J., Bradshaw, A., Jabs, J. Baseline characteristics of women enrolled in the 2002/2003 Dunedin Women’s Wellness Programme. Nutrition Society of New Zealand, Dunedin 6-7 Nov, 2003.

Bradshaw, A., Katzer, L., Horworth, C.C., Gray, A., O’Brien, S., Joyce, J. (2004): A randomised trial of three non-dieting programmes for overweight women. 28th Annual meeting of the Nutrition Society of Australia in conjunction with Nutrition Society of New Zealand. 11/13 August, Brisbane, Australia.