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Counselling - Psychotherapy - Art Therapy - Couple Therapy

Anita Wacker and Stephen May established HEARTLINKS Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice in January 2007.

Together they have created a unique therapeutic environment.


HEARTLINKS is located at 16 Coroglen Avenue in Birkenhead on Auckland's North Shore



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When you drive down Coroglen Avenue you will see on the left a 16 HeartLinks sign. Please park on the road and walk up the driveway following the Heartlinks signs until you arrive at No. 16. Follow the driveway, which takes you into a safe, tranquil nature haven that is protected by large Flame, Cabbage and Gum trees, native flax and Pongas. You may be greeted by local Tuis, Doves and Rosellas. Please take a seat in the enclosed area beside the house and one of us will meet you there. If yo have a physical diability you may park on the driveway at No. 16.

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Many clients express how much they enjoy sitting and looking into the green bush reserve while they wait for their session - just looking and listening. The stillness contrasting the weight and concerns they might carry. In the therapy room client's are often inspired by the view through the French doors of the Koru fronds emerging from the Pongas that adorn the lower garden. The spiral suggests "extension, evolution and continuity ... the very rhythm of breathing and life itself." (Tresider, 2000). Symbols of beauty and unfolding growth - qualities clients may seek to connect or re-connect with in their life through therapy.

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Why seek counselling or psychotherapy?

There are times in our life when we feel overwhelmed and need help to manage difficulties, stress or problems we encounter in our life. These commonly relate to changes, conflicts or trauma in our relationships, families, work, lifestyle, or childhood. We may feel:

  • confused
  • anxious
  • out of balance
  • afraid
  • despairing
  • frustrated
  • angry
  • depressed
  • hopeless

At times like these we may think of seeing a counsellor or psychotherapist - a neutral person - who will respect what we are thinking and feeling and will not judge us or the situation we are in.

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At HEARTLINKS we provide a professional, safe, confidential and non-judgemental therapeutic environment.

We offer the following counselling and psychotherapeutic skills:

  • Repair Therapy (Couple Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Art Therapy / Psychotherapy
  • Jungian Depth Psychology
  • Transaction Analysis (TA)
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Psychosynthesis Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Meditation

We workcollaboratively with:

  • ACC Sensitive Claims
  • Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP)
  • Primary Lifestyle Options (PLO) – referrals through most General Practitioners with 4 - 6 free sessions

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