Ally.Waite's picture
D. Clin.Psy, B.Sc (Hons), C.Psyc. PG Dip. CAT, MNZCCP, MNZPsS

Dr Ally Waite is our Regional Director and one of our Auckland consultants

As regional director, I am responsible for all clinical practice in the central and North  Auckland area and in Northland. It is my job to direct you to the therapist who is most suitable for your needs. We have several excellent therapists operating in central Auckland. 

I am in private practice in Parnell offering therapy for emotional and sexual intimacy difficulties . I completed Advanced Sex Therapy training when I first arrived in New Zealand and I now teach the courses which are now available through the Goodfellow Unit at Auckland University.

I trained in the UK in Cognitive Analytic Therapy, a relational model of therapy and my  practice is strongly informed by models of lifespan development and attachment. I also offer general psychological assessment and treatment, supervision and training and I have a particular interest in working with people where trauma is part of the picture.

I enjoy working with older people and issues of later life, indeed my background is in working with adults and older people presenting with severe and enduring mental health difficulties.

My fee is $215.00inc GST. Please also be aware that once made, appointments not kept or cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged. 


Jillian.Butterworth's picture
Clinical Psychologist

Jillian Butterworth is one of our Auckland therapists

I am a Clinical Psychologist working in Henderson, West Auckland. I have over 13 years of clinical experience. I decided to train in sex therapy in Aotearoa as my work as a psychotherapist has highlighted the importance of healthy sexuality and sexual relationships. I want to work with people who want to improve their sexual wellbeing as part of their own growth, and those who wish to heal from painful traumatic experiences. I am trained psychodynamically but think and use other psychological paradigms including CBT, feminist therapies, family systems, and others.

I have worked with people who have experienced sexual traumas, out of control sexual behaviour, hypersexuality, or have experienced difficulties with being a part of the LGBTI community, and other clinical disorders. I have also provided sex education in primary and high schools.

I have presented two papers at an international conference in 2015 and I recently co-authored an article for the Journal of Sexual Medicine titled: ICD-11 Paraphilic Disorders: A South African Analysis of It’s Utility in the Medico-Legal Context.

My fee is $185.00 excluding GST per 50 minute session. Please also be aware that once made, appointments not kept or cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged.

Katie.Hayden's picture
Counselling Psychologist

Katie Hayden is one of our Auckland Consultants

I am a counselling psychologist, based in Ellerslie working face-to-face and online. I have eight years clinical experience. I am currently in training with Sex Therapy New Zealand and have worked previously with clients who experience chronic pain, sexual pain and other sexual difficulties. Additionally, I have worked in the area of gender-affirming healthcare. These jobs led me to train through STNZ to broaden my scope of practice. I am trained in the bio-psychosocial model and also use ACT and attachment-based approaches in therapy. 

I am particularly interested in working with people whose sex education has left them ‘in the dark’ about their own bodies and desires, including those with religious backgrounds. 

I am passionate about working with clients to make sense of what they think, feel and want in terms of sex and intimacy, and I support them in communicating this to their important other(s). I provide a confidential and non-judgemental environment to ensure my clients feel safe exploring what is important to them.

My fee is $185.00, per 50-minute session. Please also be aware that once made, appointments not kept or cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged.

Melisa.Cane's picture
Registered Counselor

Melisa Cane is one of our Auckland Therapists

I am a Registered Counsellor working in Central Auckland and over Zoom. I decided that I wanted to specialize in Relationship and Sex Therapy at the early stages of my career and decided to train with Sex Therapy New Zealand and join the team. I qualified as a therapist in New Zealand and based my final research project on the History of Sexuality Education In Aotearoa. I am a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. 

My background is diverse, and I like to draw from different schools of thought, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Person-centred Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and Attachment Theory. My approach to sexuality and well-being is holistic, non-judgemental and uniquely tailored to all my clients and their needs. I am passionate about empowering my clients to live fulfilling, truthful, healthy and fun sex lives. 

I provide individual and relationship therapy for various sexual and emotional issues. I love working with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, sexualities and walks of life, including members from the Rainbow, Kink and ENM communities. I like to form an alliance with my clients to help them achieve their goals and dreams and better understand their feelings, thought patterns, life experiences and environments and how those elements might influence their sexual lives and relationships. 

My fee is $175.00inc GST, per 50 minute session. Please also be aware that once made, appointments not kept or cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged.

Paula.Dennan's picture
Dip of Psychology (Clinical); Registered Clinical Psychologist

Paula Dennan is our Central and South Auckland Regional Director and Therapist

As a regional director, I coordinate referrals within the Auckland Region, liaising with the most suitable therapist for your needs. We have a team of excellent therapists operating in the Auckland Region, including Central, North, South and East Auckland areas.    

I work in Central Auckland in Parnell and offer online consultations. I have over 30 years of clinical experience, completing Advanced Sex Therapy training in 2005. I am particularly interested in working with couples with emotional and sexual relationship/ intimacy issues.  I believe each person has a unique history of experiences and skills influencing their thinking, feelings and behaviour. I enjoy working collaboratively to develop therapy goals and new possibilities towards these goals.

I also provide consultancy for various personal and clinical issues (e.g. mood disorders - anxiety and depression, grief, and emotional and/or sexual trauma, which can also impact healthy sexual functioning).

I am also involved in training and supervising therapists in sex therapy and relationship therapy skills, enabling me to support our therapist and allied professional community.

My fee is $260.00inc GST, per 50-minute session. Please also be aware that once made, appointments not kept or cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged.