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Mary Fennessy


Phone:03 455 0006
Address:Aurora Health Centre
70 Macandrew Rd
South Dunedin 9012
Wheelchair accessible. Free parking available.
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About Me and My Practice

After working as a teacher, marrying, and raising a family, I decided to further explore the meaning of human existence. A study of Theology lead me to a deeper inquiry into human development and emotional health, and then into training in psychotherapy.

I have been working in private practice as a psychotherapist and counsellor since 1991, having trained initially under an apprenticeship model. This involved intensive individual training in psychotherapy from 1988 to 1993 with Mr. Harold Bernhardt (BA, MA, ANZPsS, MNZAP, former senior Psychologist at Ashburn Hall and Senior Lecturer at University of Otago Medical School). Since then, I have also graduated as a Gestalt Psychotherapist.

My full-time practice is located within a Medical Centre and while many of my referrals come from doctors and self-referrals, others come through professional work schemes, ACC, and the Family Court.


Practice Hours

Monday-Friday 8am-6pm
By appointment only
Accepting new clients

Duration and Cost

Consultations - 50 minutes
Fee by negotiation

Accepted by Insurers

ACC clients accepted.
WINZ funding can be used where applicable.
As a Registered Psychotherapist, my services are usually covered by insurers.
Accepted as a professional supervisor by employers.

Formal Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (University of Otago)
Diploma of Teaching (Dunedin Teachers' College (now University of Otago College of Education))
Bachelor of Theology (University of Otago)
The Ashburn Clinic Theory of Psychotherapy Seminars (The Ashburn Clinic)
Diploma of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Gestalt Institute of New Zealand)

Other Training or Experience

My experience has involved working with people with a range of issues, including:
• Relationship and family issues
• Depression and anxiety
• Other mental health issues
• Crisis reactions
• Grief reactions
• Physical illnesses
• The effects of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse
• Couples Counselling

I also work with individuals who want:
• To modify their alcohol use
• Professional supervision or professional support
• To review or change their lives
• To work with their dreams

Training and practice as a Supervisor of Professionals:
• I provide professional supervision for other professionals, having trained in this area.
• I have been awarded the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists' (NZAP) Certificate of Advanced Clinical Practice.

I am a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist.

Statutory Registrations

The Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand

Memberships of Professional Organisations

Member: New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists
Member: New Zealand Association of Counsellors
Member: Gestalt Australia and New Zealand Inc.

Additional Information

My personal interests are spending time with my family and friends, reading, films, exercise, and walking in the countryside. I continue to explore the meaning of being human and to experience joy in the changing circumstances in my own life and the lives of others.