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Joan Greaves


Phone:03 477 7788
or:027 600 8775
Address:Clarion Building, Level 2
286 Princes St, Dunedin
Opposite the old chief post office, through the glass door next to Nectar Cafe.
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About Me and My Practice

I practised as a nurse for 15 years after which time I realized I wanted to understand how to assist people to advocate for themselves, particularly within the hospital system.

This inspired me to work on my own personal development, pursue further tertiary education, and subsequently train as a Gestalt therapist.

I believe every person knows in themselves what is right for them. I will work with you to explore, experiment, draw, and discover what is meaningful and satisfying for you.

We work together, I as a facilitator, a mirror, and support, to bring to the surface what hinders you from achieving or flourishing. We will explore patterns of behaviour which impact on your well being and relationships. We will experiment with possibilities for growth and change.

I am a trained Gestalt Therapist. I also use other methods, for example, the strengths-based approach, art therapy, mindfulness, psychodynamics, self-support, mind and body as interacting, and couples work.

While I work with both individuals and couples, I have a special interest in working with women who have encountered trauma in their lives. I also offer supervision for nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals. My many years experience in nursing assists me in this work.


Practice Hours

Tuesday-Friday: 9am-6pm
I see clients by appointment only.
I am accepting new clients.

Duration and Cost

Consultation: 50 minutes to 1 hour. Fee is $80 per session.
We will discuss the length of time you wish to contract for at the first appointment.

Accepted by Insurers

Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) will meet costs in some situations.

Formal Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Education (University of Otago)
Diploma of General and Obstetric Nursing (Dunedin School of Nursing)
Diploma of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Gestalt Institute of New Zealand)

Other Training or Experience

I value ongoing learning and regularly attend conferences and workshops to ensure my practice is kept fresh and up to date, and my mind stimulated.
My learning includes:
Training at the Interface of Psychotherapy and Psychiatry
Interactive Drawing Therapy
Couples Therapy
Working with Trauma workshops
Sexuality workshops
Cancer support group work training
Meditation training
Happiness and its Causes Conference 2008
Supervision training

Statutory Registrations

The Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand

Memberships of Professional Organisations

Member: New Zealand Association of Counsellors

Additional Information

I facilitated the DOVES Cancer support group for several years.