Welcome to PP Therapy
Counselling and Psychotherapy Services for Children, Adolescents and Adults in Aotearoa New Zealand


My name is Patricia Pataki. I am a PBANZ Registered Psychotherapist offering short-term and long-term psychotherapy for children, young people and adults. I am able to provide safe and effective counselling, whether you have a diagnosis (such as depression, ASD, ADHD etc.) or not.

Portrait of Patricia Pataki
Registered Psychotherapist
PBANZ Registration Number 550893
NZAP (MNZAP) - Full Member
NZACAP - Full Member

I have been working as a counsellor providing individual counselling since 2016. I have completed additional training and am experienced in working therapeutically with people on the Autism Spectrum (including Asperger's syndrome), ADHD and learning difficulties. I am also experienced in working with LGBTQIA clients, offering affirmative therapy.

If you feel like I may be the right therapist for you, you are welcome to contact me via email, phone or text. I can offer a free short telephone consultation, and I am happy to answer any further queries you may have before we begin working together.

Read about my qualifications, experience and approach.



I offer face-to-face therapy sessions at my offices in Nelson Central and Stoke, as well as online therapy sessions via Zoom.


Find out more about my fees and policies.

How to find a professional therapist?

I believe a professional therapist must "either help or do no harm" and it is essential to have the right qualifications, experience and commitment to stay up-to-date.

  • Membership with a professional body

    Counsellors and psychotherapists need to adhere to different rules and standards as dictated by their professional membership bodies here in Aotearoa.

    The term “psychotherapist” is a protected title in New Zealand and may only be used by individuals who are registered with the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (PBANZ). Additionally, psychotherapists may also opt to belong to other membership bodies, such as the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP) and the New Zealand Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists (NZACAP). I am a psychotherapist, therefore I am registered with PBANZ and NZAP.

    For counsellors, it is not compulsory, but it is recommended to belong to at least one of the following membership bodies: the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) or the New Zealand Christian Counsellors’ Association (NZCCA).

    Being the member of a professional organization ensures that the therapist adheres to the profession’s ethical code and stays up-to-date by continuing professional development.

  • Regular supervision

    All therapists should receive regular supervision from another therapist. I have a professional supervisor who is also a PBANZ-registered psychotherapist.

  • Insurance

    I hold professional indemnity insurance.

  • Work environment

    I rent therapy rooms in counselling centres and private offices.

  • Contract

    At the beginning of our work I will provide you with an agreement describing the general terms and conditions, the length and frequency of therapy sessions and the cancellation policy.

Some of the issues I work with:

The below list contains some of the common issues which people generally bring to counselling / therapy.

Problems With Mood

  • Low mood
  • Depression
  • Coping with mood swings
  • Burnout


  • Generalised anxiety (excessive worrying)
  • Social anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias, such as agoraphobia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Developing a healthy life-style
  • Help with weight loss

Eating Disorders

  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Binge eating, emotional eating
  • Body dysmorphia (body image problems)

Relationship Problems

  • Overcoming problems within the relationship
  • Creating a healthy relationship
  • Sexual problems
  • Divorce and breakup

Behavioural Problems

  • Anger management
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Kleptomania (compulsive stealing)
  • Trichotillomania

Overcoming Trauma

  • Death of a loved one, miscarriage, grief
  • Sexual abuse and violence
  • Domestic violence
  • Emotional abuse, neglect

Physical Problems

  • Living with a chronic illness / disability
  • Health anxiety (worrying about becoming ill)
  • Managing chronic pain and fatigue
  • Being a carer

Developmental Disorders

  • Learning difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Asperger's syndrome


  • Alcohol problems
  • Drug addiction
  • Problem gambling
  • Shopping addiction


  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Questions of faith

Family Issues

  • Parenting difficulties
  • Conflicts, arguments
  • Blended-family, step-parenting
  • Adoption

Sleep Problems

  • Sleeping too much (hypersomnia)
  • Sleeping too little (insomnia)
  • Problems with falling or staying asleep

Sexual Problems

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of libido (reduced sex drive)
  • Orgasm problems
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Pain during sex
  • Body image issues