Jean Burntonjean

Registered Psychotherapist

B.A. Hons at Victoria University of Wellington, Diploma in Psychotherapy (Auckland Institute of Technology) Certificate of Proficiency in Clinical Supervision (Auckland University of Technology), Adv. Diploma in Teaching, (Auckland Teachers’ College), Diploma in the Education of Handicapped Children (Auckland Teachers’ College).

I help people to have a better understanding of their own self and other people. I offer psychotherapy and counselling to individuals and couples.

You may have felt or feel:

  • “empty”
  • “alone”
  • “a sense of falling apart”
  • “broken”
  • “struggling to fit in”
  • “being disconnected”
  • “overwhelmed”
  • “I should, but can’t”
  • “what’s the point”

Or just have a sense of not knowing what’s going on for you.
These feelings may be linked to a wide range of issues:

  • Relationship difficulties (personal, work)
  • Transition stages in life (young adulthood, becoming a parent, ageing)
  • Childhood
  • Migration
  • Depression
  • Loss and grief
  • Anxiety
  • A sense of not knowing who you are (identity)
  • Attitudes towards money
  • Crisis of meaning
  • Transgenerational trauma (Holocaust / genocides)

I believe that developing a trusting therapeutic relationship offers the opportunity to help with such issues. It allows someone to understand how the past influences the present and how feelings we are unaware of impact on behaviour. Working through these understandings together, provides you with a greater choice in how you engage with your world.

My Experience and Expertise

My practice is informed by both contemporary psychodynamic theory (Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Inter-subjective theory, attachment and trauma theories), whilst valuing some of the insights provided by more classical thinking. While I do short term work, my own personal experience of long term therapy affirms my belief in working in such a way.

I have worked in the area of counselling and psychotherapy since 1990. My initial experience was with Marriage Guidance and then in a mental health unit, and in private practice since 1996.  I also offer supervision: my experience includes supervising: psychotherapists in private practice or agencies, psychotherapy students for the clinical component of their psychotherapy training at AUT, allied health professionals, teachers in a senior management team.

I am a full member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists with an Advanced Practice Certificate. I am actively involved with the Northern Regions Supervisors’ Group of NZAP and am also the current Chair of the Supervision and Professional Development Committee for NZAP. I am a member of IARPP (The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and psychotherapy). I have undertaken three years of study with the New Zealand Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

You can contact me on 0274399754 

or email me here