Clinical Therapist

Child, Adolescent, Adult & Couples Therapy
Founder of ‘ The AND Discipline Method ’
Mum, Step-Mum
Author – Published Nationally & Internationally

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About Dr Anna

Anna is a mum, step-mum, and a Clinical Therapist who works with parents of younger children, older children, adolescents, adults, and couples.  

Anna works with individuals and couples on a variety of issues (please see below and refer to the specific age-related therapeutic pages for further details) and has published articles (nationally and internationally) relating to attachment, behaviour and discipline, and the parent/child relationship. She is an ACC registered sensitive claim therapist.

Anna’s PhD focused on the parent/child relationship, attachment, and the discipline process.

The majority of her clinical time has been spent consulting in private practice. For in-person sessions, Anna is situated in Central Auckland (Remuera). She also conducts sessions online. Please see the contact page for details.  

Anna works with individuals, families, and couples on issues such as (but not limited to):

  • Attachment issues
  • Stress and burn-out
  • Anxiety / Depression / Post-natal depression
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide ideation
  • Maladaptive responses and behavioural issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Blended family issues
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Self-destructive behaviours
  • Phobias
  • Parenting issues
  • Technology/screen addiction for children, adolescents, and young adults
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Low-self-worth/identity issues
  • ACC sensitive claims

Anna has presented at seminars and workshops around the country receives requests to comment in the media on issues relating to attachment, parenting, and other therapy topics. She is called upon to speak in the media and has been a regular guest on The Hits radio show with Stace, Mike and Anika Moa discussing issues and parenting concerns.

Philosophy and Approach

Anna works in a collaborative, respectful and a solutions-focussed process with her clients. Please refer to ‘About Dr Anna’ for details regarding the types of issues she works with clients on. Anna recognises the importance of the therapeutic relationship and provides a warm environment for her clients, to ensure that their goals for therapy are prioritised and worked with in the safest way possible.

Anna uses a range of therapeutic modalities, depending on the client’s needs. Each modality offers strengths, and Anna will discuss which approach may be the most useful, according to those needs and preferred outcomes.

Anna is trained in (but not limited to) the following therapeutic modalities:

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Attachment Theory
  • Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT)
  • Trained and Certified in Tech Addiction & Digital Health in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults
  • Solutions-Focussed Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Person-Centred Therapy
  • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Anna has studied, completed research, and specialises in parent/child relationship and attachment issues. Anna values the opportunity to work with clients across a range of issues. Anna views working with clients as a privilege. Should you wish to ask further questions or make an appointment, please get in touch through the contact page.

The Parent / Child relationship and the focus of Anna’s PhD

Anna was awarded her PhD from the University of Auckland. Her PhD thesis and research focused on attachment, discipline and the parent/child relationship and how to achieve more productive outcomes during the discipline process.  Her work also explored the effectiveness of the current mainstream discipline methods commonly used today by many parents.

Anna found that many of the common discipline methods used did not provide parents with the necessary strategies to achieve a helpful discipline event outcome or support the wellbeing of the child or the parent/child relationship. 

As a result of her research findings, Anna was able to create a new parenting discipline method, which encourages a new discipline paradigm and lowers conflict levels between parent and child. This discipline method supports both parent and child to work towards a more attuned discipline outcome and helps maintain a securely attached relationship.

The new AND discipline method is provided in her latest book – “Listen to Me! – Taking the conflict out of child discipline” – published by Penguin Random House in June 2019, both nationally (NZ) and internationally. 

The ‘AND’ method

Dr Anna’s new, effective and popular ‘AND’ discipline method has been enthusiastically received by many parents. The ‘AND’ method is an efficient and easy to use method for parents, replacing the older, traditional behavioural (the ‘ask, tell and act’ approach) methods that can risk impacting on the child’s sense of self, as well as the parent/child relationship.

The ‘AND’ method is discussed in her latest book – “Listen to Me! – Taking the conflict out of child discipline”.

Professional Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Auckland
  • Master of Counselling, Massey University
  • Post Graduate study – Attachment Theory
  • Bachelor of Arts, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Trained and Certified (level 1) in Tech Addiction & Digital Health in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults
  • ACC registered (sensitive claims)

Anna is committed to ongoing training to ensure she has up-to-date evidence-based information informing her practice.

Contact Dr Anna to arrange a consultation.