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:
- “a sense of falling apart”
- “struggling to fit in”
- “being disconnected”
- “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)
- Loss and grief
- 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
Dr Vicky Bostock
Registered Clinical Psychologist, MNZCCP
BA (Hons) (Natural Science- Psychology; Cambridge University), MA (Social Science- Psychological Anthropology; University of Chicago), DClinPsy (University College London), PG Dip (Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Sheffield Hallam University).
I have over 10 years of experience working as a psychologist in the UK and NZ. I have worked across a variety of mental health and physical health settings providing psychological assessment and evidence-based psychological therapies. This has provided me with substantial experience of working with people with complex mental health difficulties as well as those with moderate and mild presentations. I work with adults and have a special interest in working with adults of older age.
Areas of Specialisation
I work with people presenting with a range of difficulties including:
- Depression and low mood
- Low self-esteem
- Stress related difficulties
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Adaptation to significant change
- Grief and loss
- Relationship / interpersonal difficulties
- Physical health issues and pain
- Eating related difficulties
For many people, they may not know exactly what the problem is, but they know that something is not quite right.
My aim is to help people to maximise their quality of life and wellbeing. Psychological therapy can assist with this by giving us greater insight into our difficulties and it can help us learn new ways of coping and adapting. Therapy is a collaborative endeavour and is not always easy but, with commitment and willingness, there can be significant change.
I tailor my approach to each individual. At the forefront of this is developing a trusting and safe therapeutic relationship to allow people to talk freely about their difficulties. I utilise a number of evidence-based therapeutic models, the choice of which is guided by best practice guidelines in conjunction with client preference.
The therapy models I draw most heavily upon are:
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Schema Focussed Therapy (SFT)
I often work with people on a short to medium term basis (e.g. between 4 and 24 sessions), assisting them to make the changes they wish to see. However, for some people the journey and process of change takes more time and I am able to work with people on a longer term basis or provide booster/follow-up sessions as needed.
$175 for a 50 minute session.
A limited number of reduced fee places are available for those who are unable to afford the full fee. Please contact me for more details. Partial funding through WINZ is accepted.
Cancellations within 48 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee. Non-attendance without prior notification will result in the full fee being charged.
I am available Tuesday afternoons until 7pm and Friday mornings.
Please call me directly on 022 350 5226. I am often unable to answer calls immediately therefore please leave a voice message and I will get back to you. Alternatively, you can contact me via email.
For more information you can also see my profile on the Talking Works website.