Clinical Therapist

Child, Adolescent, Adult & Couples Therapy
Founder of ‘ The AND Discipline Method ’
Mum, Step-Mum

About Dr Anna

Dr Anna is a mum and step-mum.

She works as a Clinical Therapist with children, adolescents, adults and couples.  The majority of Anna’s time has been spent consulting in private practice. Anna is situated in Central Auckland (Remuera). Please see the contact page for details.  

Anna works with individuals on a variety of issues (please see below and refer to the specific 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 also an ACC registered therapist and works with sensitive claims.

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

  • Stress and burn-out
  • Anxiety
  • Depression and Post-natal depression
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide ideation
  • Maladaptive issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Blended family issues
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Self-destructive behaviours
  • Phobias
  • Parenting issues
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Low-self-esteem
  • ACC sensitive claims

Anna has presented at seminars and workshops around the country, and is asked to comment in the media on issues relating to couples and parenting. She has been a regular guest on The Hits radio show with Stace, Mike and Anika Moa discussing parenting concerns and other issues.

Philosophy and Approach

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

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

Anna is informed by (but not limited to) therapeutic modalities such as:

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Attachment Theory
  • Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT)
  • Solutions Focussed Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Person-centred Therapy
  • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Anna has studied and specialises in the parent/child relationship and attachment related issues. She has also studied a number of different modalities and 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 what makes the  parent/child relationship secure and how to achieve more productive outcomes during the discipline process.  Her work also explored the effectiveness of the the current mainstream discipline methods used by parent’s today.

Anna found that many of the common discipline methods did not provide parents with the necessary tools to achieve a helpful discipline event outcome or supported the wellbeing of the child. The tools offered in Anna’s discipline methods can decrease conflict in the family environment, and assist the parent/child relationship in a positive way.

As a result of her research findings, Anna was able to create new parenting discipline methods, encouraging a new discipline paradigm, and lowering conflict levels between parent and child. These discipline methods support both the parent and child to work towards a productive outcome, and help to maintain a secure and attached relationship. These new methods are provided in her latest book – “Listen to Me! – Taking the conflict out of child discipline” – published by Penguin Random House in June 2019, and soon to be published 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
  • 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.