Professional Development Workshops and Supervision

Navigating Emotional and Sexual Intimacy Workshop 25 September 2024

 A one-day workshop for therapists to train with Allyson Waite and Paula Dennan, Clinical Psychologists, Sex Therapy New Zealand

Many couples struggle to maintain both emotionally intimate and sexually fulfilling relationships in long-term relationships.  Difficulties with intimacy, including desire differences, are a common presenting issue for therapy.

 In this workshop we will:

  • Explore the concepts of intimacy from a developmental and relational perspective
  • Discuss the relationship dynamics that impact intimacy
  • Utilize a range of models and interventions to enhance intimacy skills
  • Learn how to integrate sex therapy in couple therapy
  • Learn skills that will help couples improve communication and closeness
  • Practically apply the theory through exercises and case discussion.  

WORKSHOP 25 September 2024 

Time: 8.30am (registration) - 4.30pm Wellington (venue to be advised)

          (Delicious lunch, morning & afternoon tea provided)

Cost: $317 (+ GST)   

To register click here


Dr Allyson Waite and Paula Dennan are both Clinical Psychologists who specialise in working with couples and individuals experiencing difficulties with intimacy and sexuality.  They are Regional Directors and accredited therapists with Sex Therapy New Zealand.

Ally has a background in mental health services, individual and couple therapy.  Her practice is strongly influenced by attachment theory and relational models of therapy including Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and Cognitive Analytic Therapy.  She teaches in the area of sexuality through the University of Auckland.

Paula has over twenty five years of clinical experience.  She teaches the Bader Pearson Developmental Model of Couple Therapy which integrates attachment, differentiation and neuroscience.  Paula works from a biopsychosocial model and values a systemic relational approach.


Therapist Supervision and Consultation 

Looking for supervision in your work with emotional and sexual intimacy?  We have a number of Sex Therapy specialists ready to assist.  Please contact Paula with your enquiry.