About Us

Kathryn Ryan

Reg. Psychotherapist, DMin; MSW

Kathryn has 23 years of experience, having trained and worked as a psychotherapist in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.  She also spent some time working in Japan.  She returned to New Zealand in 2003 and subsequently worked in private practice and for Community Mental Health services.  Kathryn currently works full time in private practice.

Modalities Kathryn uses in her work

Psychodynamic theory; Attachment theory; CBT - cognitive-behavioural therapy; DBT – Dialectical Behavioural Therapy; Mentalization Based Therapy; Compassionate Mind Training; Solution Focused Brief Treatment; and Sensory Modulation Training. Kathryn also co-facilitates specialized DBT based Life Skills Groups.


Kathryn attends ongoing clinical education.


  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) .  Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Smith College, Northampton, MA, USA (NZ Qualifications Assessment Board translated this as a Master of Social Science). 
  • Bachelor of Theology.  Otago University, Dunedin.  NZ / Aotearoa
  • Teacher's Certificate.  Auckland Education Board.  NZ / Aotearoa


  • NZ Registered Psychotherapist
  • NZ Association of Psychotherapists
  • Prior member of The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
  • Prior registration with The American Psychotherapy Association, (Diplomat American Psychotherapy Assn); and The US National Assn.  of Social Workers, (LICSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
  • ISSTD:  International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation


As part of our registration requirements, psychotherapists have a mandatory commitment to attend ongoing professional supervision, wherein all client identities are held anonymous.

Contact Kathryn on kathryn.ryan@xtra.co.nz or phone 021 445-082

Kate Whelan


Kate Whelan is a Registered Occupational Therapist with 15 years of professional experience.

Kate began working in Private Practice 3 and a half years ago.  She specialise in Sensory Processing and Modulation, Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions, lifestyle coaching and education, employment preparation and other specific occupational needs identified when working with an individual. She also work from an informed Dialectical Behavioural Therapy approach which includes mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills

Since 2002 Kate has worked for the Auckland District Health Board and been in several Mental Health settings.  She is currently based in an Early Intervention Team for young adults first presenting to Mental Health services. 

Kate is available for private work in the evenings on week days and also in the day time on Saturdays.

Occupational therapy can be offered on an individual basis or in a group setting, dependent on the needs and goals the person has identified.

Kate see every person she works with as unique and foster validation and trust as key components of the therapeutic relationship. 

She is passionate about working in the field of mental health and wellbeing and see my role as a facilitator in supporting individuals to grow as they make positive changes in their lives.

Contact Kate on kate_trent@xtra.co.nz or phone 021-383 881

Nicola Harvey

RN, BN, Post Grad Dip (Soc. Sci - MH Nursing)

Nicola is a New Zealand Registered Nurse with over 20 years working as a Nurse Therapist in the Mental Health field.

Comprehensively trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in the 1990’s, she further diversified & pursued an interest in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) - a Cognitive / Behavioural oriented treatment approach for disorders characterised by emotional & behavioural dysregulation.

She completed two training “Intensives” with the USA providers BehavioralTech in 2000 & 2007/8, and has been providing treatment interventions (1:1 Therapy / Skills Group facilitation / Complex Case Management) since this time.

Nicola’s particular interest is in teaching the Emotion Regulation Skills Training component of DBT. She currently provides this intervention both as an experienced group facilitator, and in a 1:1 capacity.

Contact Nicola at learneskills@gmail.com or Phone 021-114 1667

Amanda Gilmour

MHSc Psych (Hons), PGDip CounPsych

Amanda is a registered Counselling Psychologist who specialises in helping adults, children, adolescents and their family work through anxiety, stress and trauma. Amanda is particularly interested in helping people become unstuck, helping them to work through fears in order to find a more fulfilling and satisfying life. Amanda believes that counselling should be meaningful, focused and non-judgemental.

Amanda takes a holistic and integrative approach to therapy that focuses on all aspects of a person’s life and in particular considers the dynamic relationship between the mind and body on a person’s well-being.

Amanda provide a safe and compassionate space, using a range of different therapeutic approaches, which takes into consideration a person’s life stage, particular needs and preferred ways of working. Amanda is trained in person-centred counselling, play therapy, crisis intervention, stress management, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and solutions focused therapy.  As a trained mindfulness and meditation instructor it is natural for Amanda to blend mindfulness practice and self-compassion into treatment when this is appropriate.

With over ten years in helping people regain a path to wellness, Amanda is well placed to help you and/or your family to utilise new coping skills, be happier, and find new and exciting ways to enjoy a new found hope in life.

Contact Amanda on amandagilmourpsychology@gmail.com or phone 021-102 7978

Niccy Fraser

Master of Health Science, Post Graduate Diploma in CBT, Advanced Certificate in Supervision, Certificate in Adult Tertiary Teaching, Certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Mindfulness trained, Narrative therapy trained, Family System trained. Diploma in Occupational Therapy.

Niccy is an experienced, kind practitioner who can offer a range of counselling approaches to meet the particular needs of individuals, couples or families. She is committed to flexibly working in partnership to grow people’s mental well-being and capacity to live and relate in their preferred ways. She feels passionate about the positive potential that counselling can offer.

Cognitive therapist, Narrative therapist, Couples counsellor, Mindfulness Coach.

Registered with New Zealand Association of Counsellors since 1993.

Work experience
Private counselling practice; EAP: Workplace counselling; Senior Counsellor Educator.
Audit Co-ordination for New Zealand Association of Counselling.
Continuous Professional development

Contact Niccy on revitalisecbt@gmail.com or phone 027-5238956

Philippa Coyle

PGCert, BA, MA, Grad Dip Health Science Psychotherapy

Philippa is a registered psychotherapist who has worked with people who struggle with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief, childhood trauma, eating issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder, self-harm, suicidal thinking, psychosis and mania. She also has a keen interest in supporting women who experience pre-natal and post-natal depression and anxiety. Philippa is trained in psychodynamic theory and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and has co-facilitated DBT groups in community mental health settings. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Philippa spent nine years in the community mental health sector in both teaching and leadership roles.

Contact Philippa on philippacoyletherapy@gmail.com or phone 027-312-2631