Simon Banks

Simon Banks


Registered Member MBACP

Languages spoken: English

Contact information

Phone number
+64 21 189 7413

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Therapist - Auckland

Auckland 0
+64 21 189 7413
Contact Simon for session rate.

Features

  • Flexible hours available

About me and my therapy practice

I offer a safe, held and confidential space for you to come and bring whatever you like without judgement. Let us explore together what draws you to seek support and help you to find a fuller living experience. Having been trained as a psychotherapist, a yoga teacher, an NVC mediator, Sexual Trauma healing, Dynamic Attachment Repatterining (DARe), and now completing my advanced training as a Somatic Experience Practitioner, it is my belief that many different roads can be taken to get to the place we are all seeking: a place of fulfilment and ease. There are many different models of psychotherapy and counselling and I am trained in most of them and so we will find a way that can work for you.


I am based in New Zealand so I exclusively see clients online but of course this means that I can see clients at times of the day that may be considered unsociable.

Practice description

My approach is to meet you where you are at and to start by exploring what brings you to therapy. Usually we will look at your family of origin and your current relationships of all descriptions. We may even use the relationship that develops between us as a helpful example to examine how you are in relationship with others. I am especially keen to help you process and integrate previous traumas - this can be an event, a sustained experience over time or the very subtle yet impactful truth that many of us face - a lack of attunement with our nervous systems from our caregivers.


I specialise in depression, meaning-making challenges, eating disorders, relationship issues and couples work and yet a lot of people come with any number of struggles from stress and anxiety, trauma, illness, existential crisis, loss of identity, self esteem issues and self-defeating behaviours.

My first session

I offer a free 20 minute, no obligation, consultation online.  This will give you a chance to describe what it is you would like to change, what you would like to happen if I had a magic wand.  I then proceed to tell you that I'd be really wealthy if I did have a magic wand (!!) and go on to explain how I work and to give you a flavour of what to expect.  I have found that clients really respond to an approach of 'top down' (understanding intellectually and rationally why we are doing what we are doing and what is needed for change) and 'bottom up' (working with the body on a somatic level, befriending your nervous system so you can become more regulated and start to notice the subtleties that you may be overriding, leading you to come to therapy).  


We then talk about if we are compatible as the relationship will be the single most important factor in your experience of psychotherapy.  

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Eclectic, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling, Telephone counselling