Mamaku Arts Therapy

Ka mate he tētē, ka tupu he tētē.
As the fronds of the tree fern drop away, young leaves take their place.

After decay comes growth

Fostering curiosity in self and relationship

About me

Arts Therapy is a form of psychotherapy. My practice and therapeutic style follows in the humanistic tradition of person-centred therapy which honours you as the ‘expert’ in your own experiences. Working through a trauma informed lens, somatic approaches are also drawn on. My intention as an Arts Therapist/Counsellor is to create a space where aspects of your life and emotional experiencing can be attended to gently and in a supportive way, often (but not always) through a creative lens and metaphor. I will encourage and work alongside you to find and explore ways to express yourself at your own pace.

About Mamaku

The Mamaku is the New Zealand ‘black fern’. The new fronds of the Mamaku fern for a koru shape and symbolise new life and new beginnings, mirroring the plant’s capacity to regenerate and renew life. In its natural environment Mamaku ferns play a key role in regenerating and replenishing the native bush, returning essential nutrients to the soil, and laying foundations for new growth. The umbrella like canopy helps retain precious moisture and protects the emerging new growth below.

Mamaku Arts Therapy

Mamaku Arts Therapy is dedicated to providing a respectful, compassionate and confidential Arts Therapy/Counselling service that empowers children, adolescents, individual adults, couples and families to

  • Develop creative solutions to the challenges they face
  • Enhance personal effectiveness and resilience
  • Restore and sustain more satisfying relationships
  • Achieve well-being and balance in the mental, emotional, social, spiritual and physical aspects of their lives.

I offer a variety of arts materials and modalities to enable us to respond flexibly to what arises and is also occurring in the moment. I make sure I am always attuned and sensitive to what is brought to the session. A variety of growth-promoting therapeutic approaches are used alongside Arts Therapy modalities. These include but are not limited to

  • Positive Psychology
  • Person Centered therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment therapy
  • Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Child Centred Play Therapy

Creating artwork allows your mind to be in a safe place while it contemplates the tougher issues you are dealing with. One can use the tools of brush, paint, pastels, crayons etc to expose and even for a short time colour those issues in a different light.

George Millar


  • Self funded
  • WINZ
  • I am hope
  • Through your General practitioner (TPC-Taranaki primary connections)

If an external funding provider is paying for counselling the funding must be confirmed prior to the commencement of the first session.


Long or short term options available for children, adolescents and adults. 

Whether you would like one or two sessions to work through a pressing issue or a long term therapy approach I will work with you  to meet your needs.

I am experienced in different modalities and the Arts Therapy/Counselling will be tailored to meet your needs

$120 (GST inclusive) per session.

All sessions are 60 minutes.


You will be treated in a respectful and non-judgemental manner.

Everything we talk about is treated as strictly confidential. The only exception to this is if there is a threat to someone’s safety (either your own or somebody else’s).

You have the right to terminate the agreement at any time.

Consent forms will be signed on the first session.


“On a one-on-one basis I could dabble in a variety of mediums of my choice while surprisingly discussing random thoughts that come to mind about coping with the challenges cancer and the various responses and attitudes toward family and friends.”

A 50 year old female client living with cancer

 “I’ve come away with a with a broader perception & understanding of subjects we’ve discussed and I’ve found this very empowering. Our discussions have helped reduce my stress level. Deborah understands the complexities of what I’m facing & allows me to express myself at my own pace.”

A 20 year old male client

“It has offered gentle, tactile & verbal support that leaves you feeling safer because it touches you psychologically and emotionally and physically in the various ways its presented. YOU choose what you want to discuss or do. The choice is always yours. It’s amazing how your choices somehow release and make this journey we’re on that much the easier.”

A 70 year old female client

“The sessions allowed me an openness to address aspects of my life, telling my story without judgement. The environment was always friendly and unthreatening. Deborah was always approachable, allowing my thoughts and expressions to naturally flow in whatever direction they took me.

A 36 year old male client

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