Rebecca Purcell

The words “everybody hurts, sometimes” from a song (REM) always resonate with me, because as humans we all hurt in different ways at various times. Sometimes we might pretend we don’t or forget that we are all vulnerable. As a society we don’t always create the space for hurting to be ok.
Therapy is a unique place that creates that space where you can bring anything and everything without judgement. It is a place to come with curiosity to feel understood, to understand yourself, your relationships and your choices. Together with your therapist you can find more effective ways to resolve hurts and struggles, in order to be able to live fully with mental and emotional wellbeing.

I have 25 years of experience in adult mental health services in Aotearoa. I am also a mother of 3 young adults and have my own lived experience of mental health difficulties. My own experience of therapy helped me a lot. I grew up in Hamilton and did my undergraduate degree in Dunedin and then my postgraduate studies in Auckland and have lived here with my whanau since. My approach is down to earth and straight up. I work to provide a real relationship with another human being which can facilitate the path to wellness. I also have a good sense of humour which I use in my practice. I believe this is an important part of balance in life when things get tough.

I am available for therapy and also offer professional supervision for colleagues.

Expertise
  • Adjustment following stressful incidents/trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Dissociation
  • Managing intense emotions
  • Job or work related stress
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harming behaviours
  • Loss and grief
  • Communication problems/assertiveness
  • Relationship stressors
  • Life transitions and personal growth
  • Recovery support for addictions
Therapy approaches
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness
Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts (English)
  • Master of Arts (Psychology)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClinPsych), University of Auckland, New Zealand
Affiliations
  • Registered with the NZ Psychologist’s Board
  • Member of the NZ Psychological Society

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Initial assessments are 1.5 hours in duration and cost $250.00. Subsequent sessions are $200.00 for 60 minutes. Extra-liaison with professionals or family members beyond client emails is charged at $200.00 per hour (pro-rata). The fee for professional supervision is $200 for 60 minutes.

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