Counsellor and Psychotherapy Intern
Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts: Sociology (1st class hons), PhD in Gender Studies
phone 027 611 9019
I began my counselling practice and psychotherapy training after a career in social, gender and disability research and policy advising. Originally from Christchurch, I have lived in Auckland and Dunedin, during which time I graduated with a BA, MA(1st class hons) in Sociology, and a PhD in Gender Studies. I eventually returned to Christchurch, re-establishing roots with old friends and family, and reacquainting myself and my family with a much-changed city.
I bring a varied background of skills and interests to my therapeutic practice. My academic interest explores how cultural ideas about ‘ideal’ female bodies affect women’s relationships with their own bodies and sense of self. My doctoral research explored the concept of an ethical relationship with the self for women who engage in practices of bodily transformation, that is, who diet, exercise and seek cosmetic surgery as a means of pursuing greater happiness.
My practice is also informed by Buddhist teachings and a regular meditation practice. Without a doubt, exploring this path has opened me up to a new way of being in the world. It has taught me the value of self-compassion and, in so doing, has increased my capacity to deal with life’s challenges and to work with others as they do the same.
What I bring to a therapy session is also personal. I practise non-judgment, openness, warmth and respect with my clients. I believe that real healing begins when the client is able to sit with her or his own feelings. My role in the therapeutic relationship is to foster and facilitate such growth. I am there to support, reflect, question and enable a shift in awareness and consciousness such that the client is able to recognise unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, many of which are unconscious and which originate in early patterns of learning, so that they can make positive changes in their own life.
My areas of particular therapeutic interest include anxiety and depression, gender and sexuality, relationship and body image issues. I work primarily using an approach based on ISTDP
To book an appointment with me, or to discuss any questions you may have, contact me on
027 611 9019 or [email protected]
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training and Experience
Anna Paris practices at 79 Bealey Ave, Christchurch Central, Christchurch, 8013