About Us

Processed by: Helicon Filter;Dr Olli Anttila, MD, Psychoanalyst, Psychiatrist

  • Fellow, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP)
  • Member, New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP)
  • Supervisor, NZAP
  • Approved Supervisor, Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (PBANZ)

I did my medical and psychiatric training at Helsinki University, Finland, and after completing my medical specialist training I trained as a Psychoanalyst, also in Finland. As well I spent several years in different psychodrama groups and in bioenergetics training. All this has helped me to understand better the depth of psychological and physiological changes that take place during a therapeutic process. My main teachers, however, have been my patients to whom I am grateful.

I have been living and working in New Zealand since 1990 and I work in a full time private practice seeing mainly other professionals in long-term psychoanalysis or psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy. I also supervise many colleagues.

Time allowing I like to do group therapy as well.

One of my special interests is to help people who are in a life crisis; like spiritual crisis, marriage break-up or a major change in life. Usually this sort of work is of short duration and can make a big difference into a person’s life when the right interventions are made at the right time.

My consultation fees are negotiated individually.

kerryKerry Thomas-Anttila
Registered Psychotherapist

  • Master of Arts (1st class Hons) Canterbury University
  • Master of Health Science (1st class Hons) (Psychotherapy) AUT University
  • Grad. Dip. Psych. Soc. AUT University
  • Registered with Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (PBANZ)
  • Member, NZ Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)
  • NZAP Supervisor
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision, AUT University
  • Lecturer, Department of Psychotherapy, Auckland University of Technology

My initial academic interests lay in the area of languages and I completed a Master of Arts in German language and literature in my early 20s. Following this I worked for about 15 years in the public health service (mostly in large hospital settings) in the employee relations field. I am very familiar with organizational and individual dynamics within large groups and organizations and how they impact on each other.

Following a clinical training in psychotherapy (Master of Health Science, Psychotherapy) I now work as a psychotherapist in private practice.

I am also a Lecturer and Programme Leader in the Department of Psychotherapy, Auckland University of Technology (AUT University), teaching in both the Graduate Diploma and the Master of Psychotherapy programmes. My research interests lie with psychotherapy case studies (their history, methodology, and their application for research) and also in understanding how psychotherapists experience their ongoing learning.

In my clinical practice I work with people suffering from depression, anxiety and existential difficulties, as well as with people who are going through a transitional period in their lives, including relationship issues, and who are dealing with grief and loss.

I believe that we are relational beings and that as we increase our own self-awareness and self-responsibility we become more able to have the relationships with ourselves and others that we long for.

My preference is for long-term psychotherapy, as my experience is that long-standing change best occurs within the context of significant and ongoing work. There are, however, times when short-term work is indicated, for example, there is a particular issue being focused on. To find out which is most appropriate for you we would spend some time clarifying your current difficulties or issues and talk together about an approach that would best suit you.

My consultation fees are negotiated individually.