Leah Royden Psychotherapy



Counselling/Therapy Approach

Our reasons for seeking therapy are unique as we are, and my approach will depend on what you bring. In all cases, you will be welcomed warmly and listened to with attentiveness and care. Early sessions often involve learning skills to soothe distress and strengthen you in your daily living. As you grow and learn, I will then work with you to explore (and change, if needed) your relationship with yourself, others, and life itself.

I work psychodynamically, and draw on a range of modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Transactional Analysis (TA) in my work. I continue to explore new research, new ideas and new techniques to inform the way I practice.


Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ)

  • Registered ACC practitioner

  • Member of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP)


  • Bachelor of Communication Studies (BCS)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Psychotherapy) (PgDipHSc)

  • Master of Psychotherapy (Hons)

Background and Experience


  • I am ACC registered for sensitive claims work.

  • I hold a Master of Psychotherapy honours degree from AUT, where I was trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

  • I spent two years working at Higher Ground Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre.

  • I have attended additional training workshops in treating trauma and addiction and working cross-culturally.

  • My dissertation research explored the experience of putting words to sibling suicide bereavement, and I continue to work towards advancing education and knowledge in this area.