About Me
Qualifications and Experience

Training and Qualifications

I completed my psychotherapy training in the UK and I am currently in the process of registering with the Psychotherapists' Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (PBANZ), to become a Registered Psychotherapist in New Zealand.

Additionally, I am also a qualified Counsellor. I have been working as a Counsellor providing individual counselling for adults (aged 18 to 70+) for over three years, and with children and young people (ages 2-18) for over two years.

Prior to becoming a counsellor, I worked at an Addiction Rehabilitation Support Service in the public health sector for over two years. I also have experience of working with children living in care and volunteering at a local LGBTQ Centre.

Portrait of Patricia Pataki
Patricia Pataki

Education

I have completed the following courses to date (earliest to most recent):

Bachelor's degree in Psychology - Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest
Master's degree in Clinical and Health Psychology - Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest
Level 3 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Counselling) - Semmelweis University, Budapest
MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy, Children/Adolescents and Adults - Newman University, Birmingham

Workshops and Certificates

My Approach

I offer a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment to enable my clients to work through whatever it is they wish to look at. In line with existential philosophy, I have a deep respect for our human capacity to make choices and to be autonomous.

I believe that the relationship between the client and the counsellor (the therapeutic relationship) is the strongest healing force within therapy, so I take earning and preserving my clients' trust very seriously. I firmly believe that therapy can only ever be successful if there is a strong working alliance between client and counsellor.

I welcome people from all walks of life; I will not make assumptions about you based on your sex, age, colour, race, disability, sexuality, social, economic or immigration status, lifestyle, religious or cultural beliefs.

As part of my clinical psychology training, I have gained in-depth knowledge of the psychiatric diagnosis system (BNO-10, DSM-5); I am aware of the symptoms of all common mental health conditions. However, I believe that a diagnosis cannot encapsulate the complexity of an individual. When working with a client, I always focus on them as whole beings; not on their diagnosis.