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Marian Vlaar

Phone:03 479 0996
or:021 02349486
Address:40A Filleul Street
The practice is located in 40A Filleul Street, upstairs above A+Physio. The building is on corner of York Place and Filleul Street.
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About Me and My Practice

I was a Residential Social Worker both in The Netherlands and in New Zealand. While working there I became interested in why children came into care, and what effect a separation from their family had on them. The need of the children I looked after could not be met by the residential group alone, and individual counselling or psychotherapy was frequently needed. My interest in psychotherapy developed from there.

My background in child psychotherapy influences my thinking about the issues brought by clients. I try to understand the presenting difficulties in terms of one's whole life experiences, e.g. attachment patterns, trauma etc., in the past as well as in the present. The therapy is aimed at the past, the present, and the future.

I have extensive experience working with people recovering from sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues.

Practice Hours

Tuesday - Friday 8.00am - 6.00pm
I see clients by appointment only.
I am accepting new clients.

Duration and Cost

A session lasts 50 minutes and costs $95.00

Accepted by Insurers

I am able to provide ACC funded counselling and some clients might be able to receive funding from Work and Income (WINZ) .

Formal Qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Child Psychotherapy (University of Otago)

Other Training or Experience

Diploma of Residential Social Work- Aemstelhorn Social Academy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Statutory Registrations

The Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand

Memberships of Professional Organisations

Member: New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists
Member: New Zealand Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists

Additional Information

I have been teaching in a number of subjects related to psychotherapy theory and its practices - attachment theory, child development, and transference.

I am regularly teaching at The Ashburn Clinic Psychotherapy Seminar Series.

Publication: “Watch, Wait and Wonder”: Using Play to Strengthen the Parent/Child Relationship, Ann Speirs and Marian Vlaar in: Investing in Children. Proceedings of the Children’s issues Centre Inaugural Child and Family Policy Conference. 10-13 July 1996. Ed. N.J. Taylor and A.B. Smith, Children’s issues Centre, Dunedin, 1996.